Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Keeper of the Notes 1

…In More Ways Than One

In her starring role as the principal librarian of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Rebecca Beavers, of Brookhaven, revels in the roles of butcher, baker and candlestick maker. Well, certainly not literally, but figuratively for certain.

Growing up in a musical family with five siblings, each playing different instruments, Beavers uses her passion for and knowledge of various instruments in her daily work with the ASO. “An orchestra librarian is a musician who knows about every instrument on the stage and what the players need to perform to the best of their ability,” she shares. “I am a French horn player in my heart and soul, and I also enjoy playing the piano and singing alto in a chorus.”

Beavers likens the music library to the “kitchen” of an orchestra. “We are the chefs and sous chefs,” she explains. She and her team prepare and deliver the music for the orchestra, using sets of parts and conductor scores the orchestra owns or has rented from publishers. It takes dedication to prepare all the different music for the wide variety of concerts the orchestra performs, including editing, correcting mistakes, and marking the bowings for the string sections. No matter your musical preference, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has a concert for you, including Classical, POPS!, the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, Family and the Holiday concert series. The Orchestra also performs at a variety of indoor and outdoor venues, including Atlanta Symphony Hall, Kennesaw State University, UGA, Reinhardt University, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Chastain Park Amphitheatre, Piedmont Park, and Callaway Gardens.

After previously working as the associate principal librarian for the Cincinnati Symphony/Pops Orchestras for 11 years and the principal librarian for the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus (FL) for seven years, Beavers came to Atlanta in 2007. A true fan of her historic Brookhaven neighborhood, Beavers says the convenience to local interstates and MARTA rail/bus are big pluses, and let’s not forget the fabulous local cuisine. “Haven, Terra Terroir and Sugar Shack are all terrific, and seeing a movie at CinéBistro in Town Brookhaven, well, this is a real treat!”

When asked what makes the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra significant for Atlanta and different from orchestras in other cities, Beavers says, “As with any major city, the arts and culture are vital parts of what makes Atlanta a vibrant and exciting place to live and work. In addition, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is a world-class and Grammy Award-winning Orchestra.” Beavers enjoys working with her colleagues in the orchestra and on staff, and finds listening to rehearsals and concerts a wonderful bonus of her profession.

Are you new to all this? Need a little help getting in tune with the symphony? “Visit the Woodruff Arts Center and experience all we have to offer — from music to theater to art,” Beavers suggests. “There is so much to see and do and as for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, it’s truly extraordinary… one of the best!”

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs weekly through mid-June, so be sure to visit to reserve your tickets.