Jenni Boseker

Meet Jennifer Rohrdan Boseker, Orchestra Indiana’s Executive Assistant. Jenni was born in Richmond, IN, and moved to Muncie, IN in the 7th-grade where she graduated from Muncie Central High School.

Growing up, Jenni expressed an early passion for music by singing in every choir in junior high and high school. Jenni continued her inclination throughout her life while singing in the Muncie Central Ensemble SATB group, MCHS swing band, and forming a band with classmates where she sang at local clubs and weddings. She took singing lessons from John Campbell at Ball State University for four years and then went on to study piano for ten years and organ for four. Jenni also sang with the Larry Mechem Band for 18 years.

Having been with Orchestra Indiana for about eight months now, Jenni helps facilitate projects, manages bookkeeping, and interacts with the board of directors and valued subscribers daily. When she’s not working in the office, Jenni stays busy creating her handmade line of bags for her friends and family. She stays active with her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and five lovely sisters that gather often.

We’re so thankful to have you on the Orchestra Indiana team, Jenni!

Sam Condon

Where did you grow up and where do you live now?
I grew up in Anderson, Indiana and now live in Muncie, Indiana

What musical background do you have?
Other than a few years of high school show choir under my belt, I do not come from a musical background. However, thanks to parents and grandparents, I grew up listening to just about every kind of music you can imagine, from classic oldies and rock, to today’s current hits. What I like about music and the arts, is that no matter what type of performance event you are watching (or maybe even participating in), each event has a unique passion and drive to bring people from all walks of together, making them a part of history.

What does your job with Orchestra Indiana entail?
As the Office Assistant for Orchestra Indiana, my job is to provide all of the assistance that I can to my fellow staff members in the handling and completion of any tasks, projects and event needs that are asked of me.

How long have you worked for OI?
I have worked part-time for OI since January 2022.

What are your hobbies outside of work?
Reading, writing, photography, traveling, hiking, exploring art museums, spending time with family and friends, binge watching TV shows, and often indulging in too much chocolate.

What’s a fun fact about you that most people don’t know?
My favorite animal is a giraffe. I am never without chips & salsa, and yes, I consider it to be an entire meal.

Can I bring my kids to a concert?

It depends on the concert and on the age of your kids. Many standard-length classical concerts may be difficult for small children because they require an attention span that may be beyond what a child can maintain. Our Free Community Concerts and Education Concerts are a great way for families (including children of all ages) to enjoy classical music together. Your kids or grandkids may also enjoy the concerts in our Indiana Trust Pops Series, which include a holiday concert, movie music, and more!

To further build your children’s interest in classical music, play classical music at home or in the car. When they are old enough to sit quietly for an extended period, you may wish to bring them to the first half of a Classical concert. In all cases, it’s a good idea to check with the orchestra directly about the appropriateness of the concert you plan to attend with your kids. And don’t forget that children in grades K-12 can get free tickets to our subscription concerts!

FAQs about your first concert

Where and when do Orchestra Indiana concerts take place?
All Muncie subscription concerts will be held in Emens Auditorium on Ball State Campus. Marion subscription concerts and free community concerts occur at a variety of different locations. Visit the “Upcoming Events” page for detailed information about concert locations and start times.

What is classical music?
The term “classical music” can be problematic. Music history refers to the years from roughly 1750 to 1825 as the “Classical” period, when Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven achieved their glory. But in a broader sense, the term classical music is used to describe the continuing heritage of music mostly written to be performed in concert halls by orchestras, singers, choruses, chamber ensembles, and solo instrumentalists.

I’ve never been to an orchestra concert before. What should I expect?
Expect to enjoy yourself! This is the time to let go of any preconceptions you may have about classical music or the concert experience. Some things about the concert may seem strange because they’re new to you, but if you just focus on the music, you’ll have a great time. Open yourself up to the music. Feel the rhythms; follow the tunes. Watch the musicians and the conductor; see how they interact with each other. Notice how the music ebbs and flows – surging and powerful at some times, delicate and ephemeral at others.

What if I don’t know anything about classical music? Do I need to study beforehand?
There’s no need to study. The music will speak for itself. Just come and enjoy it! Over time, many frequent concertgoers do find their enjoyment is deeper if they prepare for a concert. This can be simple, like reading the program notes beforehand; or it can be more involved, like listening to recordings of the music to be performed in the days before they attend a concert. Pre-Concert Lectures take place before select concerts and provide an insightful and informative introduction to the pieces on the program for those concertgoers who would like more background about the music they’re about to hear! Check the details of upcoming events to find when the next Pre-Concert Lecture is happening.

Will I enjoy the concert?
Live music is amazing! And, odds are, you’ll recognize some of the music. Many of today’s popular songs, television shows, video games, and movies include classical music, like the Lone Ranger theme (Rossini’s William Tell Overture), the Bugs Bunny cartoon “What’s Opera, Doc?” (Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries), Call of Duty (Mozart’s Dies Irae), and many more.
You’ll notice that each classical piece uses its own group of several tunes over and over, in different ways. You’ll start to “recognize” these melodies as a work progresses. Listen for the ways a melody is repeated: Is it exactly the same as the first time, or with a different character? Does it start the same as before, but go off in a different direction?

What should I wear?
There is no dress code! Anything that makes you feel comfortable is fine. Some people will be wearing business clothes or slightly dressy casual clothes, and you’ll see everything from jeans to dresses. Some people enjoy dressing up and making a special night of it. If you do decide to dress up, though, go easy on the cologne. It can distract others near you and even prompt them to sneeze (which may distract you).

Should I arrive early?
Plan to arrive anywhere from 10-30 minutes before concert time, so you can find your seat, silence off your cell phone, take a look at your surroundings, absorb the atmosphere, and have time to glance through the program book, too. Most concerts start on time. If you’re late, you may end up listening from the lobby! If that happens, the usher will allow you inside during a suitable pause in the program, so your arrival won’t disturb other concertgoers. Don’t forget the Pre-Concert Lectures before select concerts.

How long is the concert?
Most subscription concerts are 90 minutes to two hours long (usually including an intermission). Free community concerts and family concerts usually range from one hour to 90 minutes.

Can I take pictures?
Cameras, video recorders, or other recording equipment are NOT permitted in concerts. Phone calls, phone alarms, and texting during the performance can be distracting to the audience members around you or even to the musicians, so please remember to silence your phone and put it away before the concert begins.

When should I clap?
Generally, it is considered proper concert etiquette to clap only after a piece is complete. Just like books have chapters and TV series have episodes, many orchestral pieces are divided into multiple sections called movements. Each movement can stand alone but contributes cohesively to the entire piece. Generally there are very brief pauses in between each movement, and the audience applauds at the conclusion of the work. You can tell how many movements a piece has by looking at your program. For example:

Symphony No. 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
I. Adagio molto – Allegro con brio
II. Andante cantabile con moto
III. Menuetto: Allegro molto e vivace
IV. Adagio – Allegro molto e vivace

This symphony by Beethoven has four movements, so we can expect pauses between each movement and applause at the end of the last movement. Movement titles are often Italian terms for how fast the tempo will be or other characteristics. If you lose track of where the piece is, you can always wait for the rest of the audience to clap before applauding. Another good sign is when the conductor either turns around or steps off the podium.

Will there be an intermission, and what should I do during it?
Most subscription concerts will have a 15-20 minute intermission. Check your program or ask an Orchestra Indiana staff member in the lobby. Just as the musicians will need to take a break, you may use the time to visit the restroom or socialize. Select concerts may have refreshments available in the lobby during intermission (or before the show).

Can I bring my kids?
It depends on the concert and on the age of your kids. Many standard-length classical concerts may be difficult for small children because they require an attention span that may be beyond what a child can maintain. Our Free Community Concerts and Education Concerts are a great way for families (including children of all ages) to enjoy classical music together. To further build your children’s interest in classical music, play classical music at home or in the car. When they are old enough to sit quietly for an extended period, you may wish to bring them to the first half of a Classical concert. In all cases, it’s a good idea to check with the orchestra directly about the appropriateness of the concert you plan to attend with your kids. Children in grades K-12 can get free tickets to our subscription concerts!

 

FAQs about the orchestra

Why are the musicians onstage playing before the concert begins?
Just like athletes warming up before a game, musicians need to warm up their muscles and focus their concentration. Some of them are working on the passages they need to polish up before the performance, with no regard for what anyone else is practicing.

Why do the musicians wear formal black clothes?
This is a long tradition that started centuries ago. Sometimes musicians dress a little more casually, but they still try to look similar, so that the audience can concentrate on the music. Soloists are the exception: they often dress differently, because they are the focus of attention.

Why are there are more stringed instruments than anything else?
The sound of each individual stringed instrument is softer than a brass or woodwind instrument. But in large numbers, they make a magnificent, rich sound.

Why do the string players share stands?
Fewer stands mean that the musicians, who are moving around quite a bit, have more room to play freely. Also, because the strings play more continuously than the other instruments, their page turns can fall in inconvenient places where there should be no break in the music. The musician on the inside seat turns pages while the musician on the outside seat continues to play.

Why do their bows move together?
The players within each string section – first violins, second violins, violas, cellos, and double basses – are usually playing the same part, so it’s essential that they sound as one. Each type of bow movement produces a different sound, so each string section sounds more unified when the players use the same bow motion.

What does the concertmaster do?
The concertmaster sits in the first chair of the first violins. He or she acts as the leader of that section but also plays a leadership role with the orchestra as a whole. He or she is also the last orchestra member to enter the stage before a concert and cues the oboe to “tune” the orchestra.

Why do all the musicians tune to the oboe?
The penetrating tone of the oboe is easy for all players to hear. And its ability to sustain pitch is very secure. The oboe plays the note “A,” and all the players make sure their “A” is exactly on the same pitch as the oboe’s “A.” This ensures that they all are on the same pitch before the concert begins.

Why does Maestro leave after most pieces of music?
This provides the conductor a little breather – a chance to collect his or her thoughts before starting the next piece. If the applause is very enthusiastic, the conductor will come onstage again, bow, and perhaps recognize some musicians who played important solos in the piece.

Why don’t the musicians smile while they play?
Look closely and you’ll see that some of them do! But in general, they are concentrating deeply, just like outfielders waiting for the fly ball or pitchers winding up to a curveball. They’re “in the zone.” Some musicians “feel” the music and move in their chairs or move their heads. After the music is over, you may see them smiling broadly. If it was a concerto, and they liked the soloist’s performance, they won’t just smile – the string players will tap their stands with their bows as a sign of appreciation and others will stomp their feet.

What is an orchestra?

A symphony orchestra is a collection of up to about 100 musicians who play instruments of four basic types: strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. Click on the hyperlinks for each instrument to hear an Orchestra Indiana musician play and discuss each instrument.

  1. Strings – violins (smallest, and highest in pitch), violascellos, and double basses (largest and lowest in pitch). These players sit in a semicircle directly in front of the conductor and make up more than half the orchestra. The harp is also a string instrument, although it looks very different from the other strings. The harp player usually sits behind the violin sections.
  2. Woodwinds – flutesoboesclarinets, and bassoons. These players sit a few rows back from the conductor, in the center of the orchestra. You may sometimes see closely related instruments being played alongside these instruments. Each of the woodwind instruments has “cousins” that may be smaller, like the piccolo, or larger, like the English horn, bass clarinet, and contrabassoon.
  3. Brass – trumpetshornstrombones, and tubas. These instruments are the loudest, so you’ll see them in the rear of the orchestra.
  4. Percussion – drums, bells, tambourines, chimes, symbols, woodblocks, and sometimes odd things such as hubcaps that are struck, plucked, rubbed, etc. This includes the timpani, xylophone, and marimba. Some works use lots of different percussion; others may have a single musician playing the timpani, or no percussion at all. The percussion section is at the back of the orchestra because percussionists often play more than one instrument and need space to move from one to the other during the concert. Although the piano is really a keyboard instrument, not percussion, it is occasionally used in the orchestra and will usually be located towards the back of the orchestra, near the percussion.

Timothy Tan

Timothy Tan has been a member of the Muncie Symphony for the past four seasons. He also holds the title of Assistant Concertmaster of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and also performs with the Indianapolis Symphony and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. Raised in Winston-Salem, NC, Timothy studied at the NC School of the Arts, Boston University, and Carnegie Mellon University with professors including Vartan Manoogian, Stephen Shipps, Peter Zazofsky, Roman Totenberg and Andrés Cárdenes. Summer studies and festivals include the Brevard Music Center Summer Institute, IU String Academy, Eastern Music Festival, National Orchestral Institute, Kent Blossom Music Festival as well as participation in two European tours with NC School of the Arts, Disney’s All American College Orchestra, and the World Youth Orchestra in Malaysia. Prior to the move to Indiana, he was a member of the West Virginia Symphony and Sarasota Opera, also having performed with Charlotte, Richmond, Nashville, Youngstown, Maryland, Fairfax Symphonies and Erie and Boston Philharmonic. He currently spends his summers with his wife, Colleen, as members of the Lake String Quartet performing at the Lake Hotel in Yellowstone National Park.

Muncie Symphony’s ‘A New World’ to feature solo from award-winning violinist

MUNCIE, INDIANA — On Feb. 26, Matthew Kraemer will conduct the Muncie Symphony Orchestra in a dynamic program capturing the American spirit. The concert will feature a solo by award-winning violinist Rubén Rengel.

“A New World,” the penultimate concert in Muncie Symphony Orchestra’s 2021-2022 season, will feature William Grant Still’s “Festive Overture,” Copland’s “Variation on a Shaker Melody,” Dvorak’s “Symphony No. 9” (From the New World), and Barber’s “Violin Concerto,” which will feature Rengel as the soloist.

Described as an “excellent soloist” of “great virtuosity” by the NY Concert Review, Rengel has appeared as a soloist with the Symphonies of Philadelphia, Detroit, Houston, New Jersey, Vermont, Oakland and Venezuela. To learn more about Rengel before the show, visit rubenrengel.com.

Attendees are invited to arrive early for a free pre-concert lecture hosted by Dr. James Thompson, Muncie Symphony’s Education Coordinator. The lecture will take place from 6:45–7:15 p.m. on the second floor of Emens Auditorium and will provide an introduction to the pieces in the evening’s program to further enrich the concert experience.

Tickets to this concert start at just $20 and can be purchased online at orchestraindiana.org or via the Emens Box Office (in person at 1800 W Riverside Ave. or by phone at 765-285-1539). Free kids’ tickets are also available with the purchase of adult tickets; to learn more, visit orchestraindiana.org/kids-tickets.

“A New World” will begin at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at Emens Auditorium. Hillcroft Services will provide free shuttle services between the McKinley Avenue and New York Avenue parking garages and the auditorium before and after the show for those in need. The shuttle will run for one hour before the show and 30 minutes after the show.

To learn more about the Muncie Symphony Orchestra and to view other upcoming concerts, visit orchestraindiana.org.

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About the Muncie Symphony Orchestra

For more than 71 years, the Muncie Symphony Orchestra has worked to entertain, educate, and enrich quality of life in the East Central Indiana community through meaningful, professional musical experiences. The Muncie Symphony is made up of professional and community musicians, hailing from Ball State University, East Central Indiana, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, and Cincinnati. To learn more, visit orchestraindiana.org.

“Bows, Strings, and Holiday Things” to be presented December 20

Muncie – Muncie Symphony Orchestra’s String Quartet, led by concertmaster Noelle Tretick Gosling, will delight their audience with Christmas favorites both old and new at 6 p.m. at Cornerstone Center for the Arts, 520 E. Main St.

Gosling will be joined by Timothy Tan, Colleen Tan and Yoonhae Swanson in this holiday special performance.

Tickets are $10-20 and may be purchased at www.orchestraindiana.org or by calling 765-216-0970.

Gosling is raising funds for the Young Artist Competition, which takes places on Sunday, Jan. 16 at Sursa Performance Hall. The competition was recently renamed the Patricia Tretick Young Artist Competition, in honor of Gosling’s mother, who was a longtime member of the Muncie Symphony and was highly involved in the competition

Cornerstone Center for the Arts offers opportunities for creative expression for all through community and rental spaces in a historic setting. Thousands of area residents attend events, wedding and civic events, in addition to taking classes in art, dance and music. Cornerstone is home to the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, The Masterworks Chorale, the East Central Chamber Orchestra, America’s Hometown Band and The Bridge Church. For additional information go to www.cornerstonearts.org or call 765-281-9503.

James Thompson

An energetic and passionate flutist and teacher, Dr. James Thompson has performed on three continents in diverse venues ranging from LA’s Walt Disney Concert Hall to medieval Italian churches to the Great Wall of China. James has been named a winner of the National Flute Association’s Graduate Research and Masterclass competitions, and has appeared as a concerto soloist with the New Chicago Chamber Orchestra, the Southern Illinois Symphony, the Ball State University Symphony Orchestra, and the Illinois State University Symphony Orchestra.

An avid chamber musician, James performs in a duo with his father and first flute teacher, Paul. The duo has been invited to perform at the National Flute Association convention and the College Music Society National Conference. James performed at a further four National Flute Association conventions as a member of the flute ensemble, “Calliope,” has also performed with the Southern Illinois University Faculty Quintet and the Ball State Graduate Wind Quintet. During the summers, James keeps an active schedule performing and teaching in music festivals such as Domaine Forget, the Southern Illinois Music Festival, Festival Suoni d’Abruzzo (Italy), the Southeast Orchestra & Chamber Music Institute, and the Fresno Opera & Orchestra Summer Academy.

James resides in Muncie, Indiana, where he is adjunct Music History faculty at Ball State University. He also serves as Education Coordinator for Orchestra Indiana and maintains an active flute studio. James’s degrees are from Ball State University (D.A.), Illinois State University (M.M.), and Truman State University (B.M.).