Mary Judge head shot

Mary Judge

Principal Librarian

Education: Bachelor of Music in Composition and post graduate work at Indiana University School of Music

Hometown: Glencoe, Illinois

Current neighborhood: Wyoming, Ohio

Joined the CSO in 1975

Professional experiences: In addition to my librarian work, the CSO has performed two of my compositions: Fanfare for a Celebration, commissioned by Jesus Lopez-Cobos and Fanfare for a New Decade; Past President and board member of the Major Orchestra Librarians Association; President of Bravo Music of Local #1, American Federation of Musicians.

Activities outside of the CSO: Playing handbells at church; board member of the UC Libraries Dean's Advisory Council; past President and founder of the Cincinnati Film Society; member of the Culinary Adventures of the Cookbook Club

Favorite orchestral works: Shostakovich: Sym. #5; Mahler: Sym. #5; Beethoven: Triple Concerto; Brahms: Sym. #1 and all Mozart

Inspiration as a musician: That my work as a librarian on the concert music contributes to the great performances by our musicians and conductors for our audiences.

What's on your playlist? A little bit of every music genre - depending upon my mood and time of day!

Hobbies: Cooking, baking, gardening, reading, contra dancing, playing Scrabble and Monopoly

Favorite things to do in Cincinnati: I love to try new restaurants; visit the Art Museum and bookstores

Favorite foods: Avocado, tomato, dark chocolate and coffee - but not mixed toether!

Fun fact: I have been collecting children's books since age 8 and now have over 5000!

Funniest concert memories:

CSO - The CSO Librarian changes the conductor's scores after every piece.  When audience members say they have never seen me on stage...I say that is good!! As (hopefully) the librarian quickly and silently gets to the podium, changes the scores and no one notices - especially when musicians are coming and going or the stage members are setting a piano or moving chairs and stands.  On this program, Maestro had assured us he would come off stage between pieces for the changeover.  Standing backstage with the second score, we watched the video monitor and were shocked to see him just stand at the podium after the applause ended. TOTAL SILENCE!  After what seemed a very long time, the Operations Director said "Mary, you have to go out there with the score".  The stage manager opened the door, red faced I walked out to the silence of the orchestra and my horror, some audience members began to clap, the orchestra shuffled their feet and I walked the longest 30 feet to the podium.  When I got there, Ivan Fiscsher looked at me and said "Gotcha ya!"....Yes, he loved playing practical jokes.

CPO - Erich Kunzel was conducting and Doc Severinsen was the soloist.  The librarian puts out the scores and if needed the soloist's music out.  Doc had a new manager who told me HE would be putting Doc's music out - not me! Doc got ready to go out for his solo concerto and asked the new manager if he had set the music out. "No, I forgot".......He ran back to the dressing room and brought it.  Doc glared at him and handed it to me and asked me to put it silence from the orchestra and audience.  Stage Manager opens the door and I tried to quickly get out to the solo stand...Erich started conducting Doc's entrance music - "The Stripper" -as soon as the door opened. I was horrified.  Erich looks up and starts laughing and indicates to the orchestra to whomp it up and grabbed his microphone.  As I was placing the music on the stand, I felt Erich's hand on my shoulder and with the music blaring he says "Ladies and Gentlemen a big round of applause for Mary Judge, our librarian, who is now  the color of her red Pops jacket."  The walk back to the stage door felt like the walk of shame with the Stripper music playing and audience laughing.  Doc thought it was hilarious and asked if we could do it again the next night.  NO!

Oddest practice quarters: The Barracks at IU - old wooden WW II leftover buildings that had no heat or air and were "paper thin".

How can the Orchestra make the world a better place? Bringing artistic excellence in music to all people and being great musical ambassadors for the world.