November 10th Performance: Recordings and Program Notes

The Interchange Technique is a solution to the logistical problems associated with producing live musical theater, opera, chamber and orchestral music. By making parts interchangeable and playable by multiple instrumentalists, productions have a new element of scalability. Additionally, multiple arrangements of a given work could be created from its inception; that is, a single orchestra piece will instantaneously be prepared for string quartet, brass quartet, etc.

The Interchange Technique

The structure uses 8 numbered parts, each with an A/B subdivision. In its full complement, the instrumentation can mostly accommodate a full orchestra, chamber orchestra, or wind ensemble.

Each part can be played on at least 5 different major instruments, and several of their minor counterparts. Likewise, each instrumentalist can play at least three different numbered parts, including both of its A/B subdivision.

Chart of preliminary parts layout and ranges using Interchange Technique.
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Chart of preliminary ensemble combinations using Interchange Technique.
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November 10th Exhibition Concert

Below is the performance order and audio from the exhibition concert on November 10th, 2012. The orchestration spanned parts 3A through 6B, realized by at string quartet (mostly in the “A” subdivision), and a wind quartet (mostly in the “B” subdivision).

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Exhibition Concert November 10, 2012

An exhibition concert will take place on Saturday, November 10th at 6:00pm at the Pro Arts Gallery in downtown Oakland, CA. This will be the first in a series of demonstrations of an interchangeable orchestration technique. The performance will feature an octet comprised of string and wind quartets. Short chamber pieces composed by Christine McClintock will be played multiple times by various combinations of instruments.


Sarah Lee, Violin
Phyllis Kamrin, Violin
Alan Shearer, Viola
Bryanna Nicole Reed, Cello
Claire Lavery, Flute
Justine Hamlin, Clarinet
Kathy Hicks, Clarinet
Karla Ekholm, Bassoon

This casual offering is open to the public. Admission is free.

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Open Call for Musicians!

  • Needed: 8 musicians
    • Violin (2), Viola, Cello, Flute, Clarinet (2), French Horn
    • Pre-formed string quartets welcome!
    • Single performance on Saturday, November 10th at 6:00pm – Oakland, CA
    • Single rehearsal will be required – late October, exact date and location TBD

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