Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Name that Tune

Imagine sitting on your couch watching a rerun of Apocalypse Now. All of a sudden you hear Ride of the Valkyries (remember "Kill the Wabbit"??). If you knew the name of the piece and that it was composed by Richard Wagner, then you're as smart as a fifth grader.

Music Memory, Orchestra Nova's listening-based music education program, continues to grow. Kids in grades 3, 4, 5, and 6 are learning 16 pieces of classical music each year and it's EASY! Just this week, we signed up schools in La Mesa and National City - bringing our count to 25 schools and 27 awesome teachers throughout San Diego County.

All year, kids will be learning the music and getting ready for the May 20th County-wide competition. Yes, classical music is cool again.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Jung-Ho's First Nova Blog Entry

Welcome everyone to the debut or the Orchestra Nova blog! We're definitely breaking new ground for an orchestra conductor communicating with an audience and fans in such a direct and informal way. I would like to invite you to express your thoughts and ideas about our concert "experiences" and website, or feel free to ask questions about classical music in general or about the revolutionary vision for our wonderful orchestra. We are your orchestra; we are an orchestra of joy and imagination; we are Orchestra Nova San Diego.

Meanwhile, we're having a whale of a good time with our opening Mozart concerts along with our soloist Lindsay Deutsch. Let us know what you think!


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

So what do you play?

Whenever I am introduced to new people outside of the Orchestra Nova world and I tell them who I am and what I do, they invariably ask: "So what do you play?" - assuming that I am a member of the actual orchestra.
I am always flattered when folks ask me this - but alas, I am not one of our very talented musicians - rather, I am an administrator. I handle legal and financial issues for the orchestra as well as working with our incredible team in the office to produce the concerts, plan the seasons and raise the money to keep everything humming around here. It is a very challenging but rewarding gig and one that I enjoy very, very much. It is exciting to go to one of our concerts and listen to the beautiful music and know that I was a part of helping get that on stage.

So, when folks ask me what I play, I say the check book.

Thursday, September 3, 2009


Hello everyone of the Orchestra Nova community!

I am Chad and I am the current Marketing Intern for Orchestra Nova San Diego. I have had the fantastic opportunity to work with the Orchestra Nova team and especially the incredible Beverly Lambert.

I have learned a lot from working here and I have, hopefully, made a positive impact for the entire organization. I did manage to make this blog. I think that's an accomplishment. Likewise, I hope to hear from some of the other members of the Nova community.

With that. I am currently working on editing down a movie for Orchestra Nova and when it is finished I will post it on our blog and other websites!

Take care.

Chad - The Intern