The Art of Programming
“There is definitely an art to programming a concert, not to mention an entire season. And while the art of programming isn’t often talked about, it can define a conductor and orchestra more than anything else.”
Donato Cabrera, Music Director of the Las Vegas Philharmonic
Programming is not a skill that is extensively taught at educational institutions but is still an essential part of the conducting job. So how do we do it? Where do we start? What do the best ensemble leaders do to prepare to program?
Wise minds have thought about this; here you can read a few takes on the art of programming:
- Programming an Evening of Music, a Conductor’s Journey by Donato Cabrera, Music Director of the Las Vegas Philharmonic
- WE ARE WHAT WE EAT! Thoughtful, Analysis and Aesthetic Based Programming by Dr. Timothy Shade, Wichita State University
- Also mentioned in The Non-Professional Sector , Conductor Tim Reynish has a lot to contribute when it comes to the art of programming.