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SLA Georgia Chapter Field Trip Report: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

by Ernie Evangelista

The SLA Georgia Chapter’s field trip to Atlanta Symphony Hall on Saturday, April 23 confirmed that, in this age of digital, virtual and online libraries, some are still rooted and valued as a physical space. Thanks to Membership Director Anne Bao, a group of eight members and guests toured the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) Library before the evening’s performance of Gustav Mahler’s Ninth Symphony.

ASO Principal Librarian Rebecca Beavers and Assistant Librarian Nicole Jordan led a behind-the-scenes look at pre-concert preparations and more. Their roles are deeply rooted in and valued by the orchestra and include budgeting, reviewing and editing scores, securing rights for music performed along with audition music, preparing for non-ASO Hall concerts and setting up scores before each performance. Rebecca also works as the personal librarian for ASO Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski. They are passionate about their work and are musicians in their own right: Rebecca’s instrument is the French horn, while Nicole’s instrument is the viola. So, they apply their musical expertise to their work which is so highly valued by the ASO that a request to relocate their space behind the ASO stage was immediately rejected by the Senior Orchestra Manager, Russell Williamson.

Their tight space is used effectively, in part due to moveable shelving for ASO holdings which include scores from past performances. Their collection is constantly growing based on future performance plans. Rebecca and Nicole are also very active members to MOLA (Major Orchestra Librarians’ Association).

To learn about the ASO Library and MOLA, check out these links:

YouTube video:                   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uGsWORyKlg

MOLA:                     http://mola-inc.org/

And to view field trip photos, visit the Chapter’s Facebook page and our Flickr event album.

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