Drawing from their collective experiences in the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, the Boston Philharmonic, East Coast Scoring, the interdisciplinary performance group Project LENS, Harvard University, New England Conservatory, Boston Conservatory, and Berklee College of Music, the Eureka Team brings a rich and varied perspective to the table.
Seann (Trull) Avery
An ensemble committed to a strong sense of community and the highest artistic standards requires an organizational structure conducive to both. By ensuring that every voice is heard, Eureka will uphold a culture based on passion, purpose, empathy, and mutual respect. Here are some of the ways in which we cultivate a healthy, enjoyable work climate:
Advisory Team: a permanent board of advisors who also act as liaisons to their respective orchestral sections, not to mention as representatives for the ensemble as a whole. These members’ responsibilities include:
discussing season repertoire (including programmatic themes); artistic/social improvement goals for the ensemble, supported with feedback from ensemble members; and exploring new community initiatives
administrative tasks such as library work, personnel management, program notes, and responding to the needs of the soloist
making production decisions: venue, publicity, marketing, etc.
fundraising and grant applications
Rotating Principals: each orchestral concert cycle will involve new section leaders - a.k.a. principal musicians - in the ensemble. Principals are expected to
study scores in addition to preparing sectional parts
meet with the conductor before and after rehearsals to discuss interpretive/technical decisions, challenges, etc.
Community Partnerships/Outreach Roster: at the beginning of every season, musicians will be asked to provide their availability so the advisory team can select them to participate in one or more outreach events.
Chamber Opportunities: one or more programs every season may feature chamber as well as orchestral symphonic repertoire.
Based on seasonal/programmatic interests, the advisory team will compile a list of viable chamber repertoire. The members of the ensemble will then apply to perform for their preferred pieces, and the advisory team will assemble the chamber groups accordingly.
Concerto Opportunities: every musician in Eureka will have the opportunity propose a concerto to be performed by the ensemble. If selected, they can solo said concerto with the ensemble. The selection process is as follows:
There will be a general survey of concerto preferences (concertos must be ones that proponents have performed or are currently preparing); preferences will be kept anonymous, except from the conductor.
Members will vote for a concerto (it must be one that they themselves did not propose - remember, the conductor will know!); depending on programming requirements for the season, anywhere from the top 2-5 concertos with the highest vote tally will be selected for performance.
For concert cycles that allow for concerto programming, the advisory board will select from that cycle’s list of the ‘top 2-5’ concertos. In the event of any potential conflicts (e.g. soloist’s availability), the concerto(s) with the next highest vote tally will be selected.