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Ep 19 – Cinderella Dress Rehearsal Chat (Sarah Viens, Daniel Cho, Brian McWhorter)

This episode was recorded immediately following the dress rehearsal for Eugene Ballet’s production of Cinderella on Nov. 4, 2021. The performances mark 23 months(!) since Orchestra Next’s last performance with the Ballet at the Hult Center…and there are a LOT of feelings about it all….

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Ep 18 – Tony Glausi (extended interview)

For this episode, we welcome ON alum Tony Glausi who many of our fans will remember from The Great Gatsby production. A few years ago, Tony made his way to New York City and finding a great deal of success – so we chat about this…

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Ep 17 – Devised Project with #instaballet

For this episode, we are proud to release 4 devised pieces that our student musicians worked on over the last several months. We worked with three dancers from #instaballet: Jade McAnally, Kyra Laubacher, and Tessa Castellano – and, once they recorded their videos, we got…

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Ep 16 – Steve Vacchi and His Weird Instruments

For this episode, Steve Vacchi takes us on a tour of his weird collection of instruments – from the contra-alto clarinet to something called the “hecklephone.” Not only does Steve like to collect some of these strange horns, he also happens to sound incredible on…

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Ep 15 – Lili Boulanger and John Reynolds

For this episode, we are featuring Lisa McWhorter and Hung-Yun Chu on a performance of Lili Boulanger’s Nocturne which is the first recording of chamber music recorded at the new Orchestra Next Studio which is in the new Midtown Arts Center! Our featured guest is John Reynolds…

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Devised Piece 1 (Fellows Only)

Update 5.25.21 We’ve recorded everyone in the ON OFFice and now, if there’s anyone out there that wants to add something from home, please 1. let Brian know your plans by the end of this week ( brian@orchestranext.com ), 2. download the movie file and…

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Ep 14 – Fanfare for the Women

For this episode, we are featuring Sarah Viens’ inspiring recording of Libby Larsen’s Fanfare for the Women which she recorded at Tykeson Hall at the Oregon Bach Festival’s Berwick Hall. Our featured guest is musician and ON board member Ray Morse who goes into thoughtful detail about…

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Working in a DAW with Lance Miller

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Taxes with Steve Curtis

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Ep 13 – Personal Game

PERSONAL GAME is a live theatre experience showcasing Ashley Baker’s costume designs, with original music by Orchestra Next. This unusual project – which is only open to members of the UO community because of current restrictions – features performers in costumes which abstractly express different paths…

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Body Mechanics with Lisa McWhorter



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Ep 12 – If You Can Find the Zone Where You Can Express Yourself

Della Davis and Kathryn Brunhaver perform Reinhold Glière’s two movements from Huit Morceaux, Op. 39, for violin and cello – followed by a conversation with Ulrick Casimir, instructor of English at the UO. The conversation starts with some reflections on the inauguration – particularly with Amanda Gorman’s…

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How to Creative with Brian McWhorter

How to Creative from Brian McWhorter on Vimeo.

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Ep 11 – Tyler Abbott, Seth Kimmel, and Astor Piazzolla

Tyler Abbott, principal bassist with Orchestra Next, performs his arrangement of Astor Piazzolla’s Milonga del Ángel, for six basses – followed by a conversation with Seth Kimmel, the Eugene-based luthier who made Tyler’s bass. To see the full video of Tyler’s arrangement, go to https://youtu.be/4qP4xL-7ys4…

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Music Business with Wonkak Kim

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‘Twas the Night Before HomeNut

According to legend, Sarah Viens composed a behind-the-scenes, truthful account of the story of HomeNut. A harrowing story, she never intended that it be published… but Maestro McWhorter learned of the poem and set it to music (as any self-respecting conductor would do). And not…

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The HomeNut Episode

Orchestra Next is proud to announce the release of HomeNut – a radical recording project that involved all of our musicians recording their parts to The Nutcracker from home! In this episode, you’ll hear Sarah Viens and Brian McWhorter talk about how it all went down – so get ready,…

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Ep 8 – My Heartbeat Comes Into My Soundscape

Jacqueline Cordova-Arrington, assistant professor of flute at the University of Oregon, performs Daniel Cueto’s Tuhuayo, for solo flute – followed by a conversation with Shannon Mockli, associate professor of dance. The conversation starts with Shannon’s description of how her body processed the music and evolves into…

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Yoga with Lydia Van Dreel

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Ep 7 – Molly Barth and Hailstork

Molly Barth talks with Brian McWhorter about her new virtual show “Ineffable” and performs Flute Set by Adolphus Hailstork. “Ineffable” is a fascinating show that features music by Andre Myers, Ricardo Zohn Muldoon, Adolphus Hailstork, Katherine Hoover, and Samuel Zyman – as well as poetry readings…

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