Life in an orchestra is all about geography.
Like many jobs, your enjoyment and satisfaction in this job is directly proportional to where you sit and who sits near you. But thanks to Orchestra Confidential, musicians and those who love them will be forewarned and forearmed by the insights and humor inside this survival guide for professional musicians and students alike.
Mark Gould is on the faculty at the Julliard School and was co-principal trumpet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra from 30 years. He founded the performance art group, Pink Baby Monster, 20 years ago which still roams the countryside stirring up trouble.
Jeffrey Curnow is a poor, starving illustrator and associate principal trumpet of the Philadelphia Orchestra. His cartoons are published weekly on the NPR Classical Facebook page.