Sibelius and Finale sessions at 2015 MOLA Conference


The Major Orchestra Librarians’ Association (MOLA) is holding their 33rd annual conference from May 29 – June 1, 2015 in Montreal, hosted by the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.

La maison symphonique de Montréal, inaugurated in 2011
La maison symphonique de Montréal, inaugurated in 2011

The conference agenda features a healthy mix of business meetings, breakout sessions, and socializing for the MOLA membership, comprised of professional librarians from performing organizations around the world. Vendors, publishers, and other music organizations will also be represented.

I will be presenting four one-hour sessions at the conference this year, two each about Sibelius and Finale, tailored specifically to the practical tasks that librarians need to accomplish:

  1. Using Sibelius in the Library — We’ll explore how to use Sibelius to address common library situations including transpositions, inserts, corrections, and more. Basics of score of setup, formatting, and workflow will be addressed along with common pitfalls. A discussion of how to adjust Sibelius’s house styles to match existing print materials and how to use Dynamic Parts will be included.
  2. Using Finale in the Library — Like the Sibelius session above, but with Finale.

These one-hour sessions will surely go by quickly, so I am delighted to be offering a limited number of one-on-one consultations by appointment, for those delegates who have specific questions about Sibelius or Finale and need help with particular issues. To register in advance for a consultation, just visit the special page on the NYC Music Services web site.

Presenting a Sibelius training session
Presenting a Sibelius training session

I’m honored that MOLA has once again invited me to present at their annual conference. Last year’s conference in Miami was a whirlwind of activity, with presentations, meetings, and socializing, and I look forward to visiting with old colleagues and meeting new ones in Montreal. I won’t be giving my comparison of Sibelius and Finale again, since nothing much has changed from last year, but you can read it here if you like.

Hope to see you in May!


  1. Bernie Cossentino

    It’s great that you’re coming to Montreal Philip :)

    That week in May is full of rehearsals for me, but I’ll try to stop by Sunday to say hello.


    1. Philip Rothman

      Thanks, Bernie!

  2. Abraham Lee

    Any chance you can be persuaded to record a video of your presentation(s) for those of us who can’t attend in person?

    1. Philip Rothman

      I don’t think so, but if I can get around to it I’ll post a summary afterwards.

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