Aim of music ‘dating service’ is to connect adult amateur musicians to play chamber music together

A classic approach to music making: Aim of 'dating service' is for people to make beautiful music together | syracuse.com.

This is a great idea. Amateur adult musicians abound, but most do not have viable outlets for playing with others. Community orchestras offer little opportunity for individual players to "shine".

John Oberbrunner, who retired as principal flutist with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra in 1994, has become chief matchmaker for Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music’s “dating service” of sorts.

Professional and amateur musicians, adults only, are invited to make music with new partners for the sheer enjoyment of performing chamber music. Potential players fill out a questionnaire with their preferences — size of grouping (duet to octet), availability (weekly to monthly) and self-evaluation of musicianship.

Clarinet player Bruce Keplinger lists many reasons for signing up with Oberbrunner.

“It really comes down to motivation. I find it real difficult to play in a vacuum,” he says.

Keplinger explains that unlike the piano, few full-length compositions exist solely for the clarinet. He welcomes the opportunities to work at and focus on his technique and join fellow musicians.

“I have goals for myself that are not easily fulfilled by casual playing, and I like to play more challenging music, and that really does require some period of study before I can actually do it well, says Keplinger, who is a communications assistant with the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board.

Tom McKay is a professor of philosophy at Syracuse University and plays the clarinet professionally. He has performed with the Bear Cat Jass Band, Stan Colella Orchestra, SSO and Central New York Jazz Orchestra. He also is a member of the Lake Effect Winds and the Highland Winds.

McKay describes music as “one of my key activities” and looks forward to future performances with new musicians. He’s also ready to use his recent purchase, an A clarinet.

“It can be fun to get together with people and perform,” he says.

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8 comments for “Aim of music ‘dating service’ is to connect adult amateur musicians to play chamber music together

  1. March 10, 2011 at

    Thanks for sharing with us! but it seems not to be personal dating service! should be music dating service!

  2. January 4, 2011 at

    Fantastic post, thank you. You have introduced a new method involved in dating service, so i would like try it in the future. I will follow your post in the future as well.

    • January 4, 2011 at

      This is not a personal dating service, but a musical one, pairing musicians to play music together.

  3. January 4, 2011 at

    Nice post, thank you. It is fantastic news that music could be used in the adult dating service. I believe it will develop further in the future for more people.

    • January 4, 2011 at

      This is not a personal dating service, but a musical one.

  4. January 4, 2011 at

    Thank you for sharing the information with us. It is interesting that the music dating service has been introduced into our life. It will be developed further in the future.

    • January 4, 2011 at

      This is not a personal dating service, but a musical one. Please don’t confuse that.

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