Posts tagged Orchestra auditions
Nathan Cole: Concertmaster of the LA Phil

Any violinist who has ever googled audition advice on orchestral excerpts, has undoubtedly watched Nathan Cole's tutorials on orchestral auditions. Nathan Cole, First Associate Concertmaster of the LA Phil, truly is a marvelous artist and educator. He has performed with most major orchestras in the US, including Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Houston, Ottawa, Seattle, and Oregon Symphony orchestras. Prior to LA Phil, Nathan was a member of the Chicago Symphony and Principal Second Violin of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. In addition to teaching both at Colburn, USC and Azusa Pacific University, Nate maintains an active blog,, in which he blogs about his musical experiences, and offers free tutorials on orchestral excerpts. He recently started a podcast with his wife Akiko Taramuto (Assistant Concertmaster for the LAPhil) called "Stand Partners for Life, which offers a weekly “inside look” at the symphony life.

In our interview, I asked him questions about the future of music, but also questions pertaining to the LA Phil, and how it has become a musical hallmark of Los Angeles.

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Eric Nowlin: Principal Viola for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

After interviewing over a dozen violinists, I decided it was time to gain the perspective of other instrumentalists. I was specifically looking for an instrumentalist who was both a Principal of a major American orchestra as well a passionate advocate for music education. While I'm sure there are many musicians who fit this description, I decided to interview Eric Nowlin, principal violist of the Detroit Symphony. Over the phone, we spoke about his experience with the DSO, his thoughts on preparing for orchestral auditions, and my favorite topic---how millennials should approach their musical career. 

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