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April Is Take A Friend To The Orchestra Month - 2006
And this year, there's a contest...

by Drew McManus
April 3, 2006

Take a Friend to Orchestra (TAFTO) month is an opportunity for the people who care the most about classical music to participate in a proactive way. Throughout the month of April, Adaptistration will feature more than a dozen critics, bloggers, musicians, classical music enthusiasts, and administrators as they write about how average patrons throughout the country can invite friends who don't regularly participate in live music events to a performance in their area.

2005 marked the inaugural TAFTO event and it was a huge success. TAFTO will remain very much the same in 2006 except for one noticeable difference; this year's event will feature a contest in conjunction with Neo Classical designed especially for younger classical music enthusiasts. 

  • Whatever lies in store for classical music's future, it will be shaped by the hands of today's students. As such, the TAFTO 2006 contest is intended to give a voice to classical music's impending stewards.
Who's Eligible
  • The TAFTO 2006 Contest is open to anyone under the age 18.
Contest Details
  • Entries need to recount a live classical music concert experience where the author escorted a friend to a performance.
  • The concert event subject must have taken place during a standard 2005-2006 season.
  • Eligible classical music events include, but are not limited to performances by: symphonic orchestras, chamber orchestras, chamber ensembles, soloists, operas, and professional recitals.
  • For privacy concerns, please use first names only for all individuals in your essay besides yourself.
  • All submisions will be judged by a panel of professional classical music musicians. 
How to Enter
  • Send your 700 - 1400 word contribution to in any of the following formats: .doc, .pdf, .txt.
The Prize
  • The winning contribution will be May's Neo Classical publication. Additionally, the essay will receive special billing at Adaptistration so by the end of May the winning essay will have been read by thousands of loyal Adaptistration and The Partial Observer readers.
Please send all questions to

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