Orchestra Online – Fall 2020

Because of the continuing health dangers posed by COVID-19, and with most students away from campus in Fall 2020, all Stanford University courses will take place online this quarter. Accordingly, Stanford Symphony Orchestra (SSO) and Stanford Philharmonia (SP) will not meet in person and instead, Professor Paul Phillips will lead MUSIC 151D, Orchestra Online, which will meet via Zoom on Tuesdays from 4:30-5:50pm. Orchestra Online is an inquiry into orchestral music, through videos, recordings, and readings, featuring live discussions with prominent individuals from the musical world. All classes will be recorded and available to all participants in order to make it possible for anyone to take the course, even if they have a conflict with the meeting time or reside in a time zone that precludes them from participating in the live sessions. The format will be similar to SSO Online, described below, but with different course content and guest speakers.

SPECIAL GUESTS: Laura Najarian, bassoonist, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (Sept 15); Joshua Redman, jazz saxophone soloist (Sept 22); St Lawrence String Quartet (Sept 29); Bruce Adolphe, composer/pianist (Oct 6); Tracy Silverman, electric violinist & composer (Oct 13); Michael Morgan, music director, Oakland Symphony (Oct 20); Kronos Quartet (Oct 27); JoAnn Falletta, music director, Buffalo Symphony Orchestra (Nov 2 – Monday); Laura Karpman, composer and winner of the 2020 Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Documentary Series or Special (Original Dramatic Score) for Why We Hate; (Nov 10); Itzhak Perlman, violin virtuoso (Nov 17)

In Fall 2020, Professor Phillips is also teaching MUSIC 152B/CSRE 152B Black Music Revealed: Black composers, performers, and themes from the 18th century to the present.