So You Want To Play In An Orchestra…

Hello, my name is Philip Bergman. Over the course of my career, I have taken about a dozen auditions for full-time professional orchestras, four for part-time professional orchestras, and four for training orchestras. I have won some of these auditions, in some I have advanced to the final round, in some I have been asked…

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Bach Marathon, Caledonia Senior Living, and more Bach Marathon: Reflecting on November 6-19, 2019

These past two weeks have been incredibly impactful for me in myriad ways. First, the Civic Fellows visited the assisted living facility at Caledonia Senior Living to capture and recreate music that the residents enjoyed in the past. We had the utmost privilege of sitting down and listening to their stories, which they were very…

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A Civic Introduction: Najette Abouelhadi & Nico Chona

Civic Orchestra of Chicago cellist Najette Abouelhadi and clarinetist Nico Chona are, like me, second-year members in the ensemble. Before our reading session with David Afkham on October 27th, I met them at a coffee shop near Symphony Center. Here are some excerpts from that conversation: Philip Bergman: Thank y’all for doing this. You are…

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