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Auditioning for a Major Symphony Orchestra and Hacking for the Common Good

  • How to win an orchestra audition: Wendy Williams took professional orchestra auditions for a decade before winning her position as 2nd flute with the Minnesota Orchestra. She hasn’t taken an audition since, but she regularly coaches musicians in preparation for winning their dream job. Wendy holds three degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and also managed public relations for the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra during their 16 month lockout.

  • Bill Bushey is a civic nerd – a software developer, policy advocate, and community organizer who works where technology meets society. During the day he is the Technology Coordinator at, where he maintains and advances the nonprofit’s email and online communications platform that over 15,000 Twin Cities residents use to share information and discuss local, public issues. Bill is also involved in the Twin Cities’ civic technology community as a co-founder and lead organizer of Open Twin Cities, a grassroots group that holds community focused ideation and technology development events, and advocates for open public access to government data.