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…one of the most vital and original ensembles on the American Music scene.
—New York Times
…joyous and raucous….impossible to pigeon-hole.
—The Times of London
Alarm Will Sound has grabbed the future of classical music and made it now—merging styles, erasing boundaries, championing experimentation and obviously having fun along the way.
—Denver Post

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AWS Group 2010

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AWS Group 2007

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AWS Group Zappa

Photo description: Alarm Will Sound performs Zappa's Dog Breath Variations/Uncle Meat
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AWS/Alan Pierson

Photo description: Alan Pierson conducts Alarm Will Sound
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Courtney Orlando

Courtney Orlando

She would have played the cello if she’d had a choice, but her parents loved the violin and put one in her hands before she knew the difference. Courtney grew up in Kutztown, PA and wanted to be a veterinarian. But music took over early in high school and Courtney decided to go to Temple University. Sometimes music school isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be, though, and for Courtney, she says she became “un-enamored (is that a word?)” playing the same music over and over while trying to perfect excerpts for orchestral auditions. She tried music theory and pedagogy while at Eastman for her masters degree but went back to the violin for a DMA after getting swept up by the Ossia new-music crowd—maybe being a musician didn’t mean having to play in orchestra after all.

Courtney now lives in Brooklyn and freelances in the city while teaching ear-training for half of every week at Peabody in Baltimore. She never got away from her veterinarian dreams and volunteers at the SPCA walking and taking care of dogs.