Who We Are

The Musicians of the Binghamton Philharmonic proudly serve our community and our institution through a continued commitment of artistic excellence to each performance. We dedicate ourselves to bringing the gift of live classical music to our community, both within the concert hall and without. Together with current Music Director José-Luis Novo, we thrill to work together with soloists of great artistry to bring the great masterworks and innovative new works to the stage.  We also find great fulfillment in working with young people in educational outreach programs throughout the community.

As stewards of a near 60-year legacy, we feel a strong sense of commitment to continuing the artistic excellence and professionalism of this fine orchestra.  Our 71 musicians have won positions via competitive blind auditions and come from as far away as Pittsburgh, New York City and Cincinnati, or live as close as the Binghamton metropolitan area.  We recognize the interest and generosity of so many people in our community who support the orchestra, attend our concerts and donate generously. You, our friends and patrons, are our reason for being.  We thank you for your commitment and look forward to continuing to bring you great music for many, many years to come.

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Getting to know Paul Won Jin Cho, Principal Clarinet

won-jin-choPaul Won Jin Cho won the Principal Clarinet audition in May.  We are thrilled to have him join our orchestra.  Recently we spent a little time getting to know Paul and wanted to share that conversation with you.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

Why did you choose to become an orchestral musician, and why your particular instrument?

 I remember getting ready for the audition for Seoul Youth Symphony Orchestra when I was in high school and I had to prepare excerpts from Beethoven 6th and 8th symphony. I got the recordings of Karajan and Frutwaengler and I remember being in awe of how magical it is to hear a symphony orchestra even from old recordings. The preparation led me to have much more desire to be in the orchestra and to be an orchestra musician.

What is it that you like about working as an orchestral musician?

Orchestral music is one of the most profound musical activities that a musician can create. In order to bring the best of it, one must understand their own part, the score, the people you are playing with, and the audience whom you are playing for. It is not an easy job.

 Where did you study and who do you consider to be your primary teachers?

I studied at Korean National University of Arts and Seoul National University for my bachelor and masters degree. My primary teacher there was Dong-Jin Kim. I came to US and studied with Yehuda Gilad at University of Southern California, and after that I move to the East Coast at Yale School of Music to study with David Shifrin.

Do you have a favorite humorous musical moment to share?

I was performing with colleagues in the John Adams Chamber Symphony in New York City.  It is wicked hard and has 9 soloists. It uses a synthesizer that goes through the computer to create special sound

It was a 1 pm afternoon performance.  At noon that very day, there was an automatic password change to the whole venue and so the computer settings would not work. For some reason, they could not figure out password. So the synthesizer didn’t work properly.

The concert time came and we waited onstage. It was webcast, and everyone was wondering what would happen. All of the players were starting to pass around microphone and players were telling jokes to pass the time.

We ended up not performing it because the Adams was copyrighted material and we didn’t want to get into trouble having it performed without original synthesizer in it.

 Do you have a musical highlight to share? A moment when you were truly moved?

Playing Nimrod from Enigma Variations always gives me goosebumps as I played it as a theme/farewell song for an unforgettable summer orchestral festival I had as a member of Asian Youth Orchestra.

I also cannot forget playing Brahms, and Robert Fuchs clarinet quintets with my dear friends.

 What is something you think people in the audience might find surprising about you?

I might look like a college student, but I have a 7-year-old daughter.

What do you do with your time outside of performing with the Binghamton Philharmonic?

During the season, I follow Dodger baseball. I play with ensembles such as Decoda and Quintet of the Americas, which are based in NYC. I love dining time with my daughter and my wife.

You recently won an audition with the Binghamton Philharmonic. What was that experience like for you? Did it feel different from other audition experiences you have had?

 I was happy that the audition lasted for a day. Many orchestral auditions take multiple days to process. It is my first audition that I won, so I still cannot describe how I felt after hearing the result.

Do you have a strict regimen in preparing for an audition? Any special mindset?

 Prepare as much as you can, and just be yourself on the stage. Hopefully the committee would like your playing, but if not, the orchestra is not for you.

If you teach music students, can you talk about that experience? What engages you in the process?

 I like to hear students, boost their strengths by encouraging and work on their weaknesses by experimenting with different practice exercises.

 

 

 

Recent Audition Winners Join the Orchestra

In May of 2016, the Binghamton Philharmonic held auditions.  We are excited to announce the following winners, who join our orchestra this fall.  We look forward to making music together!

Paul Won Jin Cho, Principal Clarinet
Anthony Limoncelli, Principal Trumpet
Emily Frederick, Section Violin
Joshua Lohner, Section Viola
Georgina Rossi, Section Viola
Scott Davis, Section Bass

To learn more about individual musicians of the Binghamton Philharmonic, go to “Meet Our Musicians.”  You can also go to “Auditions” to learn more about how auditions work.

Anthony Limoncelli

Chris James; Evening of Concertos

Anthony Limoncelli joined the Binghamton Philharmonic as Principal Trumpet in 2016. He has performed alongside members of the Boston, Houston, and Pittsburg Symphony Orchestras, and under the baton of leading conductors, including Andris Nelsons, Charles Dutoit, Alan Gilbert, and Gerard Schwartz, among others. Anthony was a fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center during the summer of 2016.

As a chamber musician, Anthony has performed with brass quintets and mixed ensembles, in venues such as Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Symphony Space, and the FOX News Studios. His chamber coaches include Kevin Cobb, John Rojak, David Finlayson, and Norman Fischer.

Anthony holds a BM in Trumpet Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, and is currently pursuing a MM in Trumpet Performance at the Juilliard School of Music under the tutelage of Ray Mase. His other teachers include Mark Gould, Ethan Bensdorf, Mike Klein, and Anthony Bavota.

Final Concert of the Season

We finish out our season with our program featuring Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, with the Binghamton University Chorus and Guest Soloists.  This will be our Music Director José-Luis Novo’s final concert with us.  He has been our Music Director for 13 years.

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