Orchestra

[Orchestra]The TMCO performs under internationally renowned conductors.
"The TMC about the musical community, about playing in groups and in ensembles….It's not about practicing for four hours and then having a lesson and then practicing more. It's about playing. It's real world experience. I had been to other festivals, but Tanglewood showed me what it's like to play in a professional orchestra, because the student orchestra there is a professional level orchestra." 
          -Edwin Barker, Principal Double Bass, Boston Symphony Orchestra, TMC Fellow, 1975

Andris Nelsons with TMC Student Alex

The strength of the Tanglewood Music Center lies in the season-long presence of a major symphony orchestra, and interaction with members of the BSO is an integral part of the program. Under their mentorship, Fellows of the TMC refine skills they need to succeed musically and professionally. Fellows have regular contact with their BSO section representatives, who are actively involved in pre-season auditions, creating summer assignments, providing ongoing counsel, and ensuring a regular collaboration between the two orchestras. The TMCO joins with the BSO in a gala performance during Tanglewood on Parade, a day-long celebration filled with musical events culminating in a performance of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture by the combined BSO and TMCO (pictured above).

The relationship between BSO faculty and TMC Fellows is augmented by the kind of artistic immersion that comes with the chance to hear the BSO perform and rehearse multiple programs each week. Front section seating is available to TMC Fellows for most BSO concerts, and BSO rehearsals are always open to TMC Fellows. All TMC Fellows may sign up to observe daily BSO rehearsals onstage within the sections.

The TMCO performs under internationally renowned conductors before sold-out crowds in Seiji Ozawa Hall and  the Koussevitzky Music Shed. Highlights of TMCO conductors and repertoire in 2017 include:

ANDRIS NELSONS*, BSO Music Director
STRAUSS Eine Alpensyiphonie
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3 (with Paul Lewis)
TURNAGE Dispelling the Fears
TURNAGE From the Wreckage (with Håkan Hardenberger)
Additional repertoire TBD

 *Conducting two TMCO concerts in 2017!

CHARLES DUTOIT
KODÁLY Háry János

BRAMWELL TOVEY
COPLAND Piano Concerto (with Garrick Ohlsson, piano)

THOMAS ADÉS
BRITTEN Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia from Peter Grimes
ADÉS Polaris
SIBELIUS The Bard
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 7

STEFAN ASBURY
ELGAR Symphony No. 1
BRAHMS Tragic Overture
LIGETI Clocks and Clouds
Dai FUJIKURA Tocar y Luchar
Anna THORVALDSDOTTIR Hirm
Huang RUO Confluence
DUTILLEUX The Shadows of Time

Additional repertoire and conductors will be announced as information becomes available.

"This was the most inspiring summer I have ever had, and it was an honor to be part of this orchestra. The fellows were so passionate, so motivating, and so proficient that I wanted to go to every chamber concert. The teachers and conductors were constantly pushing our boundaries as students, while treating us like utmost professionals." 

-Sam Weiser, 2015 Violin Fellow

For application requirements and to apply to the Instrumental Fellowship Program, click here.

Apply to the TMC