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To the Editor,

Thanks to Emily Spalding for her profile on me; I do appreciate being able to talk about music at Princeton. One important thing to add, lest I offend some friends who don’t deserve it — most of my interactions with pro orchestra were indeed dreary affairs, as I said, but one important exception is the New Jersey Symphony, who play frequent concerts on campus, and several of whose members now serve as Princeton performance faculty. My five years as an associate conductor with them in the 1980’s was a time of growth for me. Many of them I considered mentors who were kind, generous, and forgiving of a young conductor’s faults. I salute them as one of America’s great ensembles.

Michael Pratt  

Conductor, Princeton University Orchestra

Director, Program in Musical Performance

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