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Welcome to the PSNJ’s brand new website!  One of the site’s new additions is this Blog, where I’ll be checking in with behind-the-scenes looks into my time as Music Director, as well as the inner workings of the orchestra.   From time to time, I’ll invite players around the orchestra to join the discussion with their own blog posts, and I hope you will add this page to your Bookmarks, and be a part of the conversation.

Today is July 4th, and while we’re all enjoying BBQs with family and friends, looking up at exciting fireworks displays, and hopefully staying cool, I can’t help but think about the new beginning that July 4th marked for the United States.  Our 2012-2013 season is all about new beginnings.   I’m thrilled to take the torch hand-off from Phil Travaline (Can you tell I’ve been watching the Olympic qualifiers?!), and can’t wait to start working with this great orchestra again after the summer break.  We’ve got great things in store for this season, and talks are already underway for the next few seasons to come.  I hope you’ll join us as a Subscriber.  Better yet!  I hope you’ll bring a subscription brochure over to your friends and neighbors, and invite them to subscribe with you.  From Mahler to Star Wars (and just about everything in between), 2012-2013 is going to be an exciting journey for the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey, and you don’t want to miss out.

Our orchestra is a great community, and one that is comprised of talented people with very diverse backgrounds.  Many of our players, in addition to being virtuosos on their instruments, have successful careers in the arts, business, medicine, and more.  It’s a big part of what makes PSNJ so special.   I can’t close this first blog post without thanking one of our violinists, Jennifer Lusch, who spends her days as a busy web designer, for this dazzling website overhaul.  Bravo!

I look forward to meeting you, and to getting to know this great community.  Happy Summer!



  1. Elura

    wow! What an awesome new website! the philharmonic has long needed a makeover that truly reflects the vibrancy of its members. good work matthew and jennifer. i know I speak on behalf of the entire orchestra (or at least all the woodwinds, who i can vouch for) when i say we appreciate all your hard work and we are looking so forward to an awesome season under matthew’s capable baton!

  2. Candy

    This is a wonderful time in PSNJ history. I am very excited out our upcoming season. Thank you to Jennifer and Matthew for all of your hard work to make this website so professional. It looks wonderful!!!!

  3. gabriel1120

    tonight’s rehearsal and the subsequent conversation regarding ‘definitive performances’ brought back a lot of memories about discussions and arguments that went on with the members of the piano quintet i was in while living in boston…..hilarious!! Our cellist had about a million records of everything so in order to make a point the rehearsal would come to an abrupt stop so he could prove his point…lol

    And then, of course it would go right into what publisher had the ‘correct’ articulations, tempi, et al….amazing some weeks we ever got anything done rehearsal-wise… I will say I hate Kalmus editions…..ugh.
    Chamber music rehearsals…..nothing like it!

    So i’ll put my vote in for Simon Rattle’s 2010 performance with the berlin Philharmonic….just sayin’….!
    till next week-

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