Now's your chance to play with the ASO in The Great ASO Play-A-Long!

Join the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for a very special video performance of "Ode to Joy," that ever-uplifting tune from the final movement of Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Following the instructions below, record your take of the music and submit your video by September 30, 2020.

Come one, come all instruments! This project is not just for orchestral instruments. We want to see an eclectic mix that reflects the diverse music landscape of Atlanta. We hope to see violins, bassoons, kazoos, mandolins, electric violas, melodicas and more.

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  • Download the music that works for you. The parts are divided into Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced, with additional considerations for the clef you read and instruments in Eb, Bb and F. Download Music
  • Set your metronome to 132 bpm.
  • Give us a quick introduction at the beginning of your video. You can just tell us your name, but you can also tell us:
  • Why you picked your instrument.
  • How much you love the ASO 😉
  • Your favorite Beethoven Symphony.
  • How long you've been playing your instrument.
  • Most importantly, get creative! Show us your Atlanta pride.

Deadline: September 30, 2020

Filming Tips
Filming Tips:
  • If filming from your phone, please turn your phone so that it is horizontal, for a wide screen video.
  • If applicable, tune your instrument to A=440.
  • It's very important that everyone use a metronome in order to sync everything together for the finished product. However, we shouldn't hear the metronome in your video. Plug some headphones in so only you can hear the metronome in your ears.
  • Be sure you are set up with good lighting. Film in a room with lots of windows and natural light, and face your camera pointing away from the windows if possible.
  • Don't worry if the video includes you turning your camera on and getting situated to play. We can cut that out in editing.

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