Virtual Visionaries Week 1: Tara Faircloth

May 29, 2020 In: PRJC News, Sound Bits

The University of Michigan EXCEL Lab, in collaboration with the Eastman School of Music’s Institute for Music Leadership and a cohort of seven co-sponsors launched an exciting and relevant new program,  Virtual Visionaries, on May 25th.  The guest for week one was Tara Faircloth. A nationally recognized stage director, Ms. Faircloth has worked with organizations […]

Eastman’s Institute for Music Leadership Co-Sponsors Virtual Visionaries Series

May 22, 2020 In: PRJC News, Sound Bits

The Eastman School of Music’s Institute for Music Leadership, in collaboration with the Paul R. Judy Center for Innovation & Research, is proud to announce a new collaboration with the University of Michigan EXCEL Lab. Announcing Virtual Visionaries Are you curious about how artists build freelance careers? Or wondering how they develop arts organizations from […]

The New Reality: Instrumental Ensembles

May 18, 2020 In: Sound Bits

As the 2019-20 academic year and ensemble seasons come to a close, many institutions find themselves looking ahead to their 2020-21 season and understanding the challenging reality of living, teaching, and performing in the age of COVID-19. While governments across the world begin to ease stay-at-home orders, much uncertainty remains surrounding the risks and effective […]

Shifting the Paradigm: Reflections on Contingency Planning

May 11, 2020 In: Sound Bits

As Music Director for a high-school summer music program in Massachusetts, “contingency planning” typically means having a wide variety of repertoire ready for the start of the festival in order to best meet the needs of our students. With an outdoor rehearsal and performance space, our most challenging contingency planning during my nine-year tenure as […]

Shifting the Paradigm: Concerts in the age of COVID-19?

May 4, 2020 In: Sound Bits

This past week,  Zach Finkelstein published an interesting article detailing what a socially-distanced concert hall might look like, physically and financially, in the age of COVID-19. While reading the article (and frantically mapping my college’s concert halls in my mind), I came across a link to a video of a recent performance by the Czech Philharmonic. The […]

Shifting the Paradigm: Core Values

April 27, 2020 In: Sound Bits

Over the last two weeks, I’ve participated in an eclectic mix of ZOOM sessions: a career counseling session with college students, a fall-2020 brainstorming session with a cohort of collegiate wind-band conductors, faculty meetings and a town-hall style session with college leadership, a session focused on leadership development for undergraduate students, and a summer festival […]

Shifting the Paradigm: From Reactive to Visionary Leadership

April 20, 2020 In: Sound Bits

In addition to my role at the PRJC, I serve as an Assistant Professor of Music at The College of New Jersey. Today marks one month since TCNJ’s President announced that all instruction would be moved online and that we would not return to campus for the duration of the Spring 2020 semester. The subsequent […]

Uncertain Times: Music is a Mirror of Humanity

April 13, 2020 In: Sound Bits

Originally from Boston, my recent relocation to Philadelphia has exposed me to the vibrant arts culture in the city. As a conductor, I have particularly enjoyed the opportunities to see Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin interact and create with the members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. While I have enjoyed watching endless videos of the orchestra and their […]

Uncertain Times: The Orchestra Plays On (Virtually)

April 6, 2020 In: Sound Bits

As our society begins to adjust to social distancing and stay-at-home orders, music ensembles across the globe have been forced to reimagine collaborative performances in this new reality. The urgency and necessity of collaborative music making experiences feels as important for the performing musicians as it does for listening public. This has led to multiple […]

Uncertain Times: The Stimulus & the Arts

March 30, 2020 In: Sound Bits

On Friday afternoon, a historic stimulus packaged was signed into law, aimed to blunting the catastrophic economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is a summary of support available for musicians and arts organizations. Assistance for Individuals CARES Act: Recovery Checks Individuals receive a maximum of $1200. Married couples receive a maximum of $2400. There […]