The Musicians Play On…Brandon Halberg

Brandon Halberg is the CVSO’s apprentice conductor.

I play the clarinet. I started playing when I was in 4th grade. I just graduated from UConn with my Bachelors of Music Education, and I will be going to Binghamton University next fall for my Masters of Orchestral Conducting.

I started conducting with the CVSO last season as an apprentice conductor. It was the first year they created the position, and it was an incredible experience to work alongside Paul and the orchestra. Everyone was so supportive and helpful, and I gained a lot of confidence and experience as a young conductor!

I’ve spent much of this time at home studying scores and watching netflix! I finally returned back to work last weekend. I have been working as a golf caddie for the past 4 years at Bulls Bridge Golf Club.

My favorite piece during COVID 19 to lift my spirits is Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony. It’s one of my favorite works in the orchestral repertoire, and I’ve recently started to dig into the score. I’ve also been re-listening to Kenneth Fuch’s album “Spiritualist.”

During this COVID 19 period I have been working on a few scores for next year including: Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, Overture to Die Fledermaus by Strauss, Tchaikovsky’s 4th, 5th, and 6th Symphonies, and Dvorak’s 9th Symphony.