Lessons for Musicians

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  • S4E13 – Discovering the Power of Storytelling with Joshua Conyers

    S4E13 – Discovering the Power of Storytelling with Joshua Conyers

    In this episode, Jeff chats with Joshua Conyers, a GRAMMY-nominated baritone and Assistant Professor of Voice at the Eastman School of Music. Professor Conyers discusses his journey into the worlds of opera and higher education, and his experiences telling both fictional and factual stories through opera.


  • S4E12 – Making Change and Teaching Artistry with Eric Booth

    S4E12 – Making Change and Teaching Artistry with Eric Booth

    In this week’s episode, IML Director Rachel Roberts has a conversation with Eric Booth, a renowned teaching artist whose work has inspired thousands more across the globe to engage with students of all ages on how art impacts us in so many ways in our lives. Join them as they discuss Eric Booth’s new book, “Making Change”, his expansive career, and what’s coming up next for him!


  • S4E11 – Expand Your Opportunities

    S4E11 – Expand Your Opportunities

    In today’s episode, Jeff Dunn and IML Director Rachel Roberts chat with the faculty members for the 2023 and 2024 Eastman Leadership Academy: a week-long, online program for current undergraduate and graduate music students who are interested in becoming leaders in their profession. These faculty members, Monique Van Willingh and Sarah Forestieri, discuss their backgrounds as professionals in the music sector, and what they each enjoy about the Academy’s ability to connect, challenge, and inspire its participants each year.


  • S4E10 – Brass Beyond Binaries with Catie Hickey

    S4E10 – Brass Beyond Binaries with Catie Hickey

    In this episode, Jeff chats with educator and trombonist Catie Hickey ’07E about Brass Beyond Binaries, a new organization empowering female and gender expansive musicians. Catie discusses her journey after graduating from Eastman, and the challenges of making impact as a freelance musician.


  • S4E9 – Journey in Passion with Stephanie Tateiwa

    S4E9 – Journey in Passion with Stephanie Tateiwa

    In this episode, Jeff chats with IML Mentorship Grant winner Stephanie Tateiwa about her album “Journey in Passion”, and finding inspiration with her colleagues here at Eastman. Stephanie discusses some of the cultural influences that are present in her album, discovering her voice through music from a young age, and how that has led to her passion for helping the next generation find theirs.


  • S4E8 – Cultivating Courage with Adam Sadberry

    S4E8 – Cultivating Courage with Adam Sadberry

    In this episode, Jeff Dunn sits down with Adam Sadberry during his visit back to Eastman to talk about Adam’s recent career shift going from an orchestra musician to a freelancer. Adam discusses his passion for making music on his own terms, as he embarks on a new chapter in his career with a focus in educating fellow flutists on technique, musician wellness, and reflects on his time as an Eastman student.


  • S4E7 – Pushing the Bar with Gavin Chuck, Alarm Will Sound

    S4E7 – Pushing the Bar with Gavin Chuck, Alarm Will Sound

    In this episode, Rachel Smith interviews Gavin Chuck, the Executive Director of Alarm Will Sound. This professional ensemble grew out of a student-led ensemble at the Eastman School of Music, OSSIA, and the members now enjoy diverse portfolio careers. Rachel and Gavin discuss educational systems, new music, and the modern musical canon.


  • S4E6 – Chamber Music, Access, and Opportunity with Ben Jalensky

    S4E6 – Chamber Music, Access, and Opportunity with Ben Jalensky

    In this episode, Jeff chats with Ben Jalensky, a current Eastman student pursuing a Master’s degree in Trombone Performance and Literature. Ben is one of the founders of the Sacred Heart Chamber Music Summit, which launched in the summer of 2023 and was supported in part by an IML Mentorship Grant. Ben is joined by co-founder, Johnum Palado, and they discuss creating this opportunity for young musicians.


  • S4E5 – Teaching Tunefully with Megan Goodsell

    S4E5 – Teaching Tunefully with Megan Goodsell

    In this episode, ESM alumna Megan Goodsell ’22E (MM) speaks about her project, Tuneful, as well as her current teaching endeavors and other work at the Eastman School of Music. Tuneful is a set of online resources for teaching all band kinds to be independent musicians, and was supported in part by an IML Mentorship Grant.


  • S4E4 – The Anatomy of a Commission

    S4E4 – The Anatomy of a Commission

    In this episode, ESM alumna Vanessa Rose ’98E, Executive Director of the American Composers Forum, discusses the recently released digital media resource titled “Anatomy of a Commission,” supported in part by a Paul R. Judy Center for Innovation and Research Grant. Joining the conversation is Melissa Ngan ’02E, President and CEO of the American Composers Orchestra, a partner on the project, and a faculty member of Eastman’s Master of Arts in Music Leadership degree.


  • S4E3 – Telling Stories with the Kilbourn Quartet

    S4E3 – Telling Stories with the Kilbourn Quartet

    In this episode, the four members of the Kilbourn Quartet discuss their project “Storytellers: A Student Composition Workshop.” These four undergraduate students were winners of an IML Mentorship Grant, which supported this project to engage young learners in the compositional process.


  • S4E2 – Contextualizing Equity and Inclusion in Music

    S4E2 – Contextualizing Equity and Inclusion in Music

    In this episode, IML student-staff Rachel Smith discusses the Context Conference with Eastman Associate Dean of Equity and Inclusion Crystal Sellers Battle. Dr. Battle is leading the Context Conference at the Eastman School of Music November 3-4, 2023, and discusses the need of such an event. More at esm.rochester.edu/context.


  • S4E1 – The Institute for Music Leadership

    S4E1 – The Institute for Music Leadership

    In this first episode of a new season, now under the name “Careers in Crescendo: Lessons for Musicians”, host Jeff Dunn chats with Rachel Smith (B.M. Applied Music) about all of the offerings of the Institute for Music Leadership. Smith, who is on the IML Production Team as student staff and a Fellow in the Catherine Filene Shouse Arts Leadership Certificate Program, tells her story about how the IML has supporter her career development.


  • S3E9 – Creating a More Inclusive School Music Program

    S3E9 – Creating a More Inclusive School Music Program

    In this episode, ESM faculty Lisa Caravan and Alden Snell discuss their project “Expanding the Curriculum: Commissioning Diverse Repertoire for Intermediate Band and Orchestra,” along with the commissioned composer, Brittany Green. This project was funded in part by a Paul R. Judy Center for Innovation and Research Grant, and highlights how a composer can engage with young musicians to create a relevant and impactful learning experience.


  • S3E8 – Creating New Opera with Guerilla Opera

    S3E8 – Creating New Opera with Guerilla Opera

    ESM student Rachel Smith chats with Aliana de la Guardia, Artistic Director of Guerilla Opera (Boston, MA), and composer Emily Koh about HER | alive.un.dead: a concert-length media opera about three generations of Asian women in a single family written by Koh.


  • S3E7 – Discussing Leadership with Mark Volpe

    S3E7 – Discussing Leadership with Mark Volpe

    In this episode, IML Director Rachel Roberts sits down with former Boston Symphony CEO Mark Volpe (’79E) to discuss leadership, management, and his experience leading major orchestras in the United States. Volpe is an alum of the Eastman School of Music, and the 2023 Commencement Ceremony speaker.


  • S3E6 – Choosing a Graduate School with Matthew Ardizzone

    S3E6 – Choosing a Graduate School with Matthew Ardizzone

    How do you evaluate your graduate school offers? What should a musician consider when applying in the first place? In this episode, we hear from Dr. Matthew Ardizzone, the Marie Rolf Dean of Graduate Studies at the Eastman School of Music. Ardizzone discusses the factors that applicants should consider when pursuing graduate school, as well as some of the considerations when accepting an offer of admission and assistantships.


  • S3E5 – Incantare: Chamber Music, Connections, and “New” Composers

    S3E5 – Incantare: Chamber Music, Connections, and “New” Composers

    In this podcast, Eastman alumni Liza Malamut and Ben David Aronson discuss forming their chamber group Incantare, a consort of sackbuts and violins that highlights the musical and cultural connections of under-explored musicians from the Renaissance and early Baroque periods. The cofounders talk about navigating the needs of the chamber group, connecting with audiences, and balancing their portfolio careers.


  • S3E4 – Amplifying Black Composers with The Overlook

    S3E4 – Amplifying Black Composers with The Overlook

    NYC cellist Laura Metcalf is one of the founders of The Overlook: an uptown New York City string quartet amplifying the music of Black Composers. This ensemble was a product of the challenges faced in 2020, and acted in response to the murder of George Floyd.


  • S3E3 – Russell Rybicki and the San Antonio Philharmonic

    S3E3 – Russell Rybicki and the San Antonio Philharmonic

    ESM alum Russell Rybicki moved back to his home state of Texas not long before the COVID pandemic slammed the breaks on live orchestra concerts. After a tumultuous time with the San Antonio Symphony, Russell shares his experiences with the San Antonio Philharmonic and the way an orchestra is emerging from ashes of its predecessor, and the lessons musicians have learned along the way.


  • S3E2 – Making Changes with Scott Stratton

    S3E2 – Making Changes with Scott Stratton

    ESM alum Scott Stratton transitioned away from a career as a full-time trombonist and educator, and now works as a Certified Financial Planner. In this episode, Scott details his journey to make changes to suit his ambitions, while still making music regularly.


  • S3E1 – Examining Values: A Conversation with Michael Wayne

    S3E1 – Examining Values: A Conversation with Michael Wayne

    Michael Wayne joined the Eastman School of Music faculty in the fall of 2021 as the Associate Professor of Clarinet, having prior performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, and the Kansas City Symphony. In this episode, Zach Goldstein chats with Michael about his career journey and values that led him to his new position.


  • Go Try; Go Fail: an Interview with Dr. Blaire Koerner

    Go Try; Go Fail: an Interview with Dr. Blaire Koerner

    Dr. Blaire Koerner gives her final thoughts for our career miniseries: Educate yourself outside of school!


  • Stepping Off the Path – an interview with Molly Sonsteng

    Stepping Off the Path – an interview with Molly Sonsteng

    PhD candidate Pallas Catanella interviews Molly Sonsteng about how she left academia to co-found Madcap Factory and Caveday – two very different but related ventures.


  • Sustainable Work and Mental Health: an Interview with Dr. Blaire Koerner

    Sustainable Work and Mental Health: an Interview with Dr. Blaire Koerner

    Our host, Stephen Biegner, interviews Eastman’s career advisor, Dr. Blaire Koerner about sustainable work and mental health.


  • Unions: an Interview with Dr. Blaire Koerner

    Unions: an Interview with Dr. Blaire Koerner

    Our host, Stephen Biegner, interviews Eastman’s career advisor, Dr. Blaire Koerner about unions.


  • Health Care and Benefits: an Interview with Dr. Blaire Koerner

    Health Care and Benefits: an Interview with Dr. Blaire Koerner

    Our host, Stephen Biegner, interviews Eastman’s career advisor, Dr. Blaire Koerner about finding health care and benefits as a professional musician.


  • Artist Management: an Interview with Dr. Blaire Koerner

    Artist Management: an Interview with Dr. Blaire Koerner

    Our host, Stephen Biegner, interviews Eastman’s career advisor, Dr. Blaire Koerner about the ins and outs of artist management.


  • Freelancing

    Freelancing

    Our host, Stephen Biegner, interviews Eastman’s career advisor, Dr. Blaire Koerner about freelancing.


  • Becoming a Faculty Member

    Becoming a Faculty Member

    Our host, Stephen Biegner, interviews Eastman’s career advisor, Dr. Blaire Koerner about becoming a full-time, tenured faculty member.


  • Applying to Grad School

    Applying to Grad School

    Our host, Stephen Biegner, interviews Eastman’s career advisor, Dr. Blaire Koerner about graduate school.


  • Building Your Network

    Building Your Network

    Our host, Stephen Biegner, interviews Eastman’s career advisor, Dr. Blaire Koerner about building your professional network.


  • Gaining Experience: an Interview with Dr. Blaire Koerner

    Gaining Experience: an Interview with Dr. Blaire Koerner

    Our host, Stephen Biegner, interviews Eastman’s career advisor, Dr. Blaire Koerner about gaining experience during school and in the beginning of one’s career.


  • Marrying Music and the Law: an Interview with Ari Solotoff, Esq.

    Marrying Music and the Law: an Interview with Ari Solotoff, Esq.

    ALPer and tuba performance student Tessa Nojaim interviews Ari Solotoff about how he made the pivot from orchestra manager to entertainment lawyer.


  • Growing Pains: Garrett McQueen on Equity in the World of So-Called “Classical Music”

    Growing Pains: Garrett McQueen on Equity in the World of So-Called “Classical Music”

    Listen to Dalanie Harris interview Garrett McQueen about recent DEI initiatives at various conservatories and organizations.


  • A Fly on the Wall: Exploring the Classically Black Podcast

    A Fly on the Wall: Exploring the Classically Black Podcast

    Listen to our conversation with Dalanie Harris and Katie Brown – hosts of Classically Black.