Joe Soucy
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  • Brooklyn, NY
  • United States
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I am a:
Performing Artist, Carnegie Hall staff member
My school is:
Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute
My style(s) of music:
A cappella, Blues, Choral, Classical, Country Western, Electronic, Experimental, Film, Folk, Funk, Gospel, Indie, Jazz, Latin, Opera, Pop, Rhythm and Blues, Rock, World
I am interested in:
Multimedia Projects, Music History, Performing
My musical instrument(s):
Double Bass, Electric Bass
My favorite artists, influences, and inspirations are:
Leonard Bernstein, My teachers (Jeff Turner, Orin O'Brien, James VanDemark, Timothy Cobb), My dad (Andy Soucy), J.S. Bach, Jessye Norman, Pablo Casals, Edgar Meyer, Brahms, Miles Davis, David Oistrakh, Yo-Yo Ma, Ed Barker, Radiohead, The Berlin Philharmonic, R. Strauss, Ella Fitzgerald, Jascha Heifetz, Stravinsky, Debussy, Ravel, and The Muppets
More about me:
My dad was a high school band teacher, and being around his classroom while I was growing up, I attempted to play every instrument at one point or another. Finally, when I was 15, I stopped taking a different instrument home every week and decided the double bass was for me. I started out mainly playing jazz, but when I joined the Boston Youth Symphony, I fell in love with orchestral playing. I went on to the Eastman and Manhattan Schools of Music as well as Carnegie Mellon University, all the while focusing on orchestral performance. As a professional musician, I've had wonderful opportunities to play with such groups as the Boston Pops, the Rochester Philharmonic, and the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra. Now Carnegie Hall is my home, where I work, perform, and see as many orchestras as I can!

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Joe Soucy commented on Rachel Yan's status
"Congratulations on your upcoming performance at Carnegie Hall! The best way to prepare for this exciting moment is to practice performing. Play your solo for your family and friends several times in a few different settings…"
Mar 19, 2014
Joe Soucy commented on Carnegie Hall's group Orchestra
"Hi Andrew! The roster will go live on our website in just over an hour. Stay tuned!"
Mar 3, 2014
Joe Soucy commented on Carnegie Hall's group Orchestra
"Sorry for the confusion, Shahnnon! All applicants will be e-mailed today."
Feb 7, 2014
Joe Soucy commented on Carnegie Hall's group Orchestra
"Hi Jackie! All applicants will receive a letter today, most likely within the next two hours."
Feb 7, 2014
Joe Soucy's discussion was featured

Preparing Your NYO-USA Audition?

Listening to high quality recordings is a great way to learn your orchestral excerpts. Over the next couple weeks, we’ll provide a Spotify playlist featuring some of the top recordings of the required NYO-USA audition repertoire. Many other orchestra programs ask for similar excerpts, so if…See More
Sep 24, 2013
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Preparing Your NYO-USA Audition?

Listening to high quality recordings is a great way to learn your orchestral excerpts. Over the next couple weeks, we’ll provide a Spotify playlist featuring some of the top recordings of the required NYO-USA audition repertoire. Many other orchestra programs ask for similar excerpts, so if…See More
Sep 23, 2013
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May 19, 2013
Rachel Yan left a comment for Joe Soucy
"Hi Joe! Love your "My favorite artists, influences, and inspirations"!"
May 7, 2013
Joe Soucy commented on Carnegie Hall's group Orchestra
"Congrats to ALL who auditioned!! There were SO many phenomenal musicians.  You guys are amazing! If anyone isn't sure whether or not you requested feedback, please feel free to email nyo-usa@carnegiehall.org and request it.  Thanks!"
Feb 1, 2013
Joe Soucy commented on Carnegie Hall's group Orchestra
"The total number of alternate musicians for NYO-USA is roughly the same as the size of the orchestra (120 players) and by instrument is proportional to the size of the section."
Feb 1, 2013
Joe Soucy commented on Carnegie Hall's group Orchestra
"Hi Juliana!  All applicants will receive an email on Friday, February 1.  Tomorrow!"
Jan 31, 2013
Elizabeth replied to Joe Soucy's discussion Tell us about your first time in an orchestra! in the group Orchestra
"I first joined orchestra in october of my 6th grade year in school. I had been playing trombone at my school since the 4th grade, but we had a brass band, not an orchestra. I had never played with woodwinds or strings before. The orchestra season…"
Jan 6, 2013
Monika Satkauskas replied to Joe Soucy's discussion Tell us about your first time in an orchestra! in the group Orchestra
"My first orchestra experience was at the Suzuki summer institute in New Hampshire when I was 8 year old.  I was assigned to an orchestra for those who could not read music.  Rehearsals were held in the hayloft of a barn. The conductor told…"
Dec 17, 2012
Allison Parks replied to Joe Soucy's discussion What do YOU look for in a conductor? in the group Orchestra
"I look for someone who is compassionate, nice, considerate, funny, and communicative. I really don't appreciate conductors who are mean and tell you that you are terrible because you have a bad day or miss a really hard run or something. I have…"
Dec 7, 2012
Allison Parks replied to Joe Soucy's discussion Tell us about your first time in an orchestra! in the group Orchestra
"I started playing violin when I was in the fourth grade, so I was nine. I wouldn't really consider it an orchestra, because no one really grasped the concept of an ensemble of people playing the same music to reach the same musical goals--we…"
Dec 7, 2012
Sam Livingston replied to Joe Soucy's discussion Tell us about your first time in an orchestra! in the group Orchestra
"@Erica  I love this story!  Check out the video above to see an orchestra that knows how to move (without falling out of their chairs)!  I hope you've kept up that physicaltiy in your playing, even if you've reigned it in a…"
Dec 7, 2012

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At 7:14pm on May 7, 2013, Rachel Yan said…
Hi Joe! Love your "My favorite artists, influences, and inspirations"!
At 8:50pm on October 9, 2012, Holly Hoang said…

Hi, Joe! Yeah, aren't they great? c: Bassoon quartets are my favorite.

At 10:06pm on October 8, 2012, Jordan Brokken said…

Hello Joe! I watched the Billy Short video, it was great! I do know Billy-- he's a great bassoonist and guy!

At 2:15pm on May 29, 2012, Carnegie Hall said…

Your pic lives on in the blogosphere! Check out the "Where's Your Music?" video. Watch it here and share with your friends.

At 5:31pm on October 25, 2011, Jonathon Hampton said…
Hi Joe. Thanks for joining us. I'm sure you'll be a great resource. You should take a pic of your bass while you have it in the office!
At 8:18pm on October 24, 2011, Rebecca Williamson said…
welcome!

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Verbier Festival: Billy Short, Bassoon

Posted on September 26, 2012 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

Meet Billy Short, the new Principal Bassoonist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Billy has just moved to New York City from Houston, Texas, where he was studying at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, and performing with the Delaware Symphony (quite the commute!). Before that, Billy was studying at the Curtis Institute of Music, appearing on tour with their orchestra and traveling with his own wind quintet, Liberty Winds, to Belize, Cuba, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. He has just…

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Verbier Festival: Christine Christensen, Cello

Posted on September 11, 2012 at 7:00pm 0 Comments

Meet cellist Christine Christensen from Hilleroed, Denmark.   As a teenager, Christine faced many challenges, skipping high school and heading straight to the Royal Danish Academy.   At 18, she left her family and country and moved to New York City to study at the Manhattan School of Music.  After completing…

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Verbier Festival: Jonathan Colbert, Bass

Posted on August 30, 2012 at 6:30pm 0 Comments

Bassist Jonathan Colbert comes from Atlanta, Georgia.  He started playing bass in his mother’s middle school orchestra, went on to play with the Atlanta Youth Symphony Orchestra and also spent summers at the Interlochen Arts Camp.  After high school, Jonathan moved to New York to study at the Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School.  He has toured Europe, Asia, South America, Australia…

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Verbier Festival: Julian Azkoul, Violin

Posted on August 22, 2012 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

Julian Azkoul, London-based violinist, gives a piece of advice on audition taking.  Julian has played in such youth orchestras as Britten-Pears Young Artist's Programme and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.  Originally from Lebanon, Julian currently studies at the Royal Academy of Music.  This was his first summer at Verbier.

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