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Make Music with an Aspiring Conductor
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I need $3200 to hire a small orchestra to play in my graduate conducting recital. You can help to make beautiful music and realize an aspiring conductor's dream. Donate and recieve your own recordings, programs, personal mentions and more!  My ...

I need $3200 to hire a small orchestra to play in my graduate conducting recital. You can help to make beautiful music and realize an aspiring conductor's dream. Donate and recieve your own recordings, programs, personal mentions and more! 

My name is Robert Jackson, and I am a graduate student pursuing a Master's Degree in Music in Instrumental Conducting.  I am entering my final semester of studies, and one of my final graduation requirements is to organize and perform a 30-40 minute recital featuring an instrumental ensemble. I have selected all of my music, reserved and scheduled the recital hall for rehearsals and the performance and have been actively studying and preparing scores and parts for months now. The only missing ingredient is...the ensemble! I can personally attest to the hard work that goes into becoming a professional musician (I have an undergraduate degree in String Bass performance), and one of my goals for this recital is to make it as professional as possible, which means, of course, hiring professional musicians. I find myself in a troubling position, then, as I am obligated to pay these wonderful musicians an amount of money that both respects the hard work they have put into their craft as well as makes this specific job worthwhile.  And I'm sure many of you can relate to the demanding nature of being a full-time student in regards to both time and finances.  I am therefore asking for your donation so that we can both further my own education (which will in turn further that of others; I plan to earn a doctorate and teach at the high school and/or college levels) and reward the hard-working artists who I have asked to join me in this endeavour.  My program requirements are such that the ensemble is made up of the following:

  • 3 First violins
  • 3 Second violins
  • 3 Violas
  • 3 Celli
  • 1 Double Bass

Totalling up the costs for one 2.5 hour rehearsal, one 30 minute performance and travel assistance for those who require it, I have found that I will need $3200 to hire the players necessary. This is based on the rates of local and regional orchestras in which many of the members of my ensemble regularly participate.

For your generous contribution, you will recieve a digital audio recording of the performance.  For contributors of $15 or more, you will recieve a digital video recording of the performance.  For contributors of $50 or more, you will recieve an additional physical copy of the video recording and a copy of the program, complete with a name on the donors list.  For contributions of $100 or more, you will recieve everything mentioned above, as well as a personal thank you during the performance on stage and an eternity of gratitude, as I do not have anything material with which to repay such generosity. Payments can be sent directly through Paypal and this site, or checks can be made out to Robert Jackson and mailed to:

1072 Walnut St. Apt. A

Macon, GA 31201

The program consists of the following:

  • Edward Elgar's "Serenade for Strings" in E minor
  • Jean Sibelius' "Andante Festivo"
  • Mozart's recitative and aria "Ergo interest/Quarae Suprema" for soprano and strings

Thank you so much for your help! This recital simply cannot happen without your contribution.

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$5 USD
Digital Audio Recording
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All donors of $5 will receive a digital audio recording of the recital performance, provided through an email link/password to an online storage system (Private Youtube, Dropbox, etc.)
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$15 USD
Digital Video Recording
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Donors of $15 or more will receive a digital video recording of the recital performance, provided through an email link/password to an online storage system (Private Youtube, Dropbox, etc.)
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$50 USD
Personal Video Recording+Personalized Program
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Donors of $50 or more will receive a physical copy (DVD) of the video recording of the recital performance, as well as their own program with their name on the donor list, delivered by mail.
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$100 USD
Personal "Thank You" During Performance
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As I have no way to repay such a generous donation, contributions of $100 or more will receive a very personal thank you during the performance on-stage.
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