Operatic Ethnography and The Industry’s Sweet Land

October 8, 2019 In: Ahead of the Beat

The article below was written by Megan Steigerwald Ille, a 2018 Paul R. Judy Center Grantee.  What does it mean to perform opera outside of the opera house? This question has driven my research and writing in opera studies since 2015. To answer this question, I have relied on methods familiar to traditional musicology, such as […]

10 Things Orchestras (Or Really Any Ensemble) Should Take Note Of

September 25, 2019 In: Sound Bits

Aubrey Bergauer recently stepped down from the position of Executive Director of the California Symphony to serve as an adviser to arts organizations. In our opinion, she is someone to watch and listen to, and in this recent article, she offers a “Top 10 check list” for orchestras to consider. Spoiler alert: it’s not all […]

Creative Uses of Social Media

September 18, 2019 In: Sound Bits

Social media offers musicians a number of tools that can be used to promote our careers, build our audiences, and interact with our communities. But is there opportunity to be creative in HOW social media is used? ABSOLUTELY. Consider these three quick examples: The Big Trouble, a trio of two percussionists and a vocalist decided […]

21st Century Musicianship – “New Voices” Essay Contest

September 11, 2019 In: Sound Bits

If you are an undergraduate, graduate, or artist diploma student and have thoughts about what it means to be a 21st Century Musician, you could get some $$$ for your thoughts! Consider entering the “New Voices” Essay Contest, sponsored by 21CM and I CARE IF YOU LISTEN. Submit your 400-750 word essay by November 1 […]

Upcoming Workshop for CMA’s “Ensemble Forward” Program

September 4, 2019 In: Sound Bits

Back in July we wrote about a new grant program from Chamber Music America, “Ensemble Forward,” which will provide funding for NYC-based ensembles to work with a chamber music coach. CMA will be hosting a teleconference workshop for prospective applicants on Tuesday, September 17 at 1:00 PM ET. Space is limited; RSVP to attend. A reminder: the application deadline is 9:00 […]

Innovate. Music. Lead. Magazine Issue 5

August 28, 2019 In: 2019, Innovate. Music. Lead.

Issue 5 features an article on the trends in opera presentation by new music ensembles, an article on a revitalization effort in downtown Rochester, NY led by the creative community, and an article on youth composition workshops organized by the South Dakota Symphony.

Ensemble Financials: A Look Inside One Chamber Group

August 15, 2019 In: Sound Bits

Curious to know some of the financial details behind a small, successful chamber music group? Adam Schumaker over at NewMusicBox recently published a piece that takes a inside look at the ensemble loadbang. Included is an interview with loadbang’s Executive Director and trumpeter Andy Kozar. The overview of the ensemble’s finances reveals some interesting information […]

“Ensemble Forward” Grant Program from Chamber Music America

July 24, 2019 In: Sound Bits

Chamber Music America recently announced a new grant program titled “Ensemble Forward” that provides funding for NYC-based “young ensembles” to work with a chamber music coach. Read more about the program here. Quick facts: DEADLINE to apply: September 27, 2019 Grant provides funding for 4 sessions with a chamber music coach (of the ensemble’s choice). […]

Pro Tips #2: Essential Skills We Didn’t Learn in School

July 17, 2019 In: Sound Bits

This is the second in our series of “Pro Tips” articles that feature the input of many professional musicians, all answering the same question. Check out the first article in the series here.  This week’s question: What is one skill that you use today that you DIDN’T learn in music school?    Without a doubt […]

Pro Tips #1: Recommended Apps and Resources

July 10, 2019 In: Sound Bits

For the next two weeks, we are sharing a series of “Pro Tips” articles that feature the input of many professional musicians, all answering the same question. This week’s question: What is one tool / resource / app that you use frequently and find really useful?   Basic HTML, oddly. It allows me to make simple […]