Amateur and Professional, Permanent and Transient

Patrick Warfield

in American Orchestras in the Nineteenth Century

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780226769769
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226769776 | DOI:
Amateur and Professional, Permanent and Transient

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The Georgetown Amateur Orchestra welcomed nonprofessional players, and the Washington Symphony Orchestra went through several brief incarnations. Programs from the mid-1880s showed a steady increase in the number of professional musicians aiding the Georgetown amateurs. The Georgetown Amateur Orchestra came to an end in 1895, at least temporarily. Its twenty-year history and remarkable continuity in membership effectively qualified it as Washington's permanent orchestra, at least in comparison to its professional rivals. Washington would see other orchestras come and go, some of which were made up of professional musicians. The Georgetown Amateur Orchestra had managed to play fifty-seven “public rehearsals,” and many benefit and joint concerts. Lasting more than a quarter century, this was Washington's first permanent orchestra.

Keywords: Georgetown Amateur Orchestra; Washington Symphony Orchestra; professional musicians; permanent orchestra; nonprofessional players

Chapter.  9720 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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