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October 05, 2007

The Microsoft Orchestra

I was readings blogs.msdn.com and somebody (don't have the reference, apologies if it is you) linked to an article about the Microsoft Orchestra. If you look at the photo of the orchestra you will see a "stout and friendly bear" type near the front, wearing a suit. That is Jim Truher, the conductor of the orchestra, who is a serious conductor (and singer). He also used to be a Program Manager on the PowerShell (nee Monad) team, so I worked with him for several years.

The orchestra has a website, msorchestra.org (not to be confused with Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, which has the corresponding .com address). The orchestra is doing three performances this year, with each one performed once in the Building 34 Cafe and once at the Sammamish Foursquare Church. The public performances at the church (the ones in Cafe 34 aren't really private, but you would need somebody with a cardkey to get in) are on December 8, April 5, and June 14, which are all Saturdays, with the Cafe 34 performance on the preceding Monday.

If you are thinking of working at Microsoft and wonder "Would there be some place to continue playing my long-since-dusty [insert orchestra instrument] in a friendly, supportive environment?", then answer is definitely yes. Especially if you play a string instrument or percussion, which the Orchestra is evidently in need of. If you happen to do an interview loop on a Monday, you can stop by the Cafe 34 from 7-9 pm and listen to them rehearse.

Posted by AdamBa at October 5, 2007 03:29 PM

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Posted by: Phil Weber at October 5, 2007 05:03 PM