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Last update: 14 November 2019

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Orchestralist is an international discussion forum for Orchestra professionals. The last two words describe our guiding principles for discussion:

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Forums differ in purpose and tone. Ours is a year-round professional conference. Casual, but on task.

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Last update: 14 November 2019

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