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
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.