About Orchestralist

ORCHESTRALIST is an international forum for conductors, composers, players, and their colleagues in the orchestra business. The pages that follow provide details on subscribing and using Orchestralist.

Discussion on Orchestralist ranges over a variety of topics of interest to orchestra professionals. Those encouraged to participate include: (1) conductors of professional, college or community orchestras that perform standard repertory (including choral-orchestral music and opera); (2) musicians who play in such orchestras; (3) composers who write music for such orchestras. Also invited to participate are publishers, administrators, board members, scholars, patrons, and artists-in-training.

The Orchestralist web site offers additonal resources. The Orchestralist web site features current headlines for the world of music, an online registry of orchestral music, and comprehensive links to resources around the world, including the sites of many Orchestralist subscribers. The site, created originally by conductor Alton Thompson, belongs to a number of classical music web rings and earned critical praise from Symphony, the official magazine of the American Symphony Orchestra League.*

The Orchestralist web site is hosted by Herb Gellis and other Orchestralist contributors. Orchestralist mail is delivered free of charge by Yahoo, the international web service provider. Yahoo also maintains an archive of Orchestralist posts.

The List Moderator today is Christina McElroy, conductor. Deana Wagoner, flutist, serves as Moderator and Subscriptions Manager. The Website, including the Music Registry, is managed by Herb Gellis, founder and music director of the Hewlett-Packard Symphony Orchestra. Mark Gresham, composer, helps out as moderator and technical guru as needed. Alton Thompson, conductor, was the former web maestro and designed Orchestralist's first website. Andrew Levin holds the life title of List Ma Laureate.

Orchestralist, the brainchild of Andrew Levin of Clemson University in South Carolina, went online on 28 September 1994 with fewer than thirty participants. Today the sun never sets on Orchestralist. The forum serves well over a thousand subscribers in every region of the world: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Yugoslavia. Discussions regularly spawn successful, long-lasting professional collaborations between performers and composers.

* Rebecca Winzenried. “Hot Sites, Take II: Internet Options for Classical Surfers.”
Symphony, the magazine of the American Symphony Orchestra League. March-April 2001, page 13.

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