It’s Spring! (Eastman Saxophone Project Style)

April 5, 2017 In: Sound Bits

No, this is not an April fools joke.  There really is a video recording of the Eastman Saxophone Project performing the entire Rite of Spring by Stravinsky, without a conductor, FROM MEMORY!  Just another reminder that excellence and innovation can go hand in hand to produce a stunning result. 

Eastman Leadership Conference: Preparing the Next Generation of Music School Leaders, June 21-24 | Rochester, New York

March 23, 2017 In: PRJC News

On June 21-14, 2017, the Eastman School of Music will host a unique conference geared towards current and aspiring deans, associate/assistant deans, department chairs, and select faculty/administrative staff members of music schools.  Through intense study, interactive presentations, collaborative learning activities, discussion, reflection, and ongoing engagement, participants will enhance their leadership effectiveness and develop new perspectives, […]

Grant Opportunity: Chamber Music America’s Classical Commissioning Program

March 21, 2017 In: Sound Bits

The deadline to apply is April 2, 2017! Chamber Music America’s Classical Commissioning Program provides funding to ensembles and presenters for commissions of new chamber works.  From the CMA website: Grants are made for commissioning fees, copying costs and ensemble rehearsal honoraria. Compositions must be written for small ensembles (2 to 10 musicians) performing one […]

Spotlight on Innovation: “SoundBox” by the San Francisco Symphony

March 17, 2017 In: Sound Bits

A couple of years ago, the San Francisco Symphony turned a bland rehearsal space into SoundBox, an innovative concert space that includes informal seating for 500 audience members, a bar, video projection capabilities, and a state-of-the-art sound system which turns the dry acoustic into endless sonic possibilities.  According to a recent article in Wired magazine, […]

Contemporaneous on Art and Imagination

March 14, 2017 In: Ahead of the Beat

The article below was written by Dylan Mattingly, Executive and Co-Artistic Director of Contemporaneous, a New York-based ensemble dedicated to performing contemporary music and presenting innovative programs.  Contemporaneous received a grant from the Paul R. Judy Center for Applied Research to support their project, ORBIT, which Dylan describes and reflects on below. Recently, with the […]

10 Best Practices for Social Media Marketing Success

March 7, 2017 In: Sound Bits

Today we are pulling out another “oldie but goodie” from the archives. In 2014, two social media experts Leire Bascaran and Mike Reed presented a webinar titled “10 Best Practices for Social Media Marketing Success.” In the webinar, they discuss 10 key ideas for using social media, specifically geared towards musicians.  With the ubiquitous […]

Opportunity for Ensembles: Carnegie Hall’s “Ensemble Connect” Audience Engagement Institute

February 28, 2017 In: Sound Bits

Are you part of a chamber ensemble with 3-6 members? Are you interested in strengthening your audience engagement skills? Consider applying for Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect (formerly known as Ensemble ACJW). This is a tuition-free, eight-day series of intensive workshops with arts professionals held June 8-15, 2017 at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Deadline […]

Quality is #1: Don’t Dilute Your Product

February 21, 2017 In: Sound Bits

In 2012,’s then Editor-in-Chief Ray Ricker wrote this short and compelling post: Being a Successful Entrepreneur — Don’t Dilute Your Product in Order To Make Money. In the post, Ray emphasizes the importance of maintaining a high quality product, and not watering down your art in an effort to make money. He says, “Of […]

Facebook Live: How Might You Use it?

February 14, 2017 In: Sound Bits

As you have no doubt seen, Facebook has entered the live streaming space with its “Facebook Live.”  Users are “going live” and talking to fans all over the world, sharing behind the scenes moments, and even broadcasting concerts.  Live streaming is not new, but the integration within Facebook (a live feed showing up in your […]

Spotlight on Innovation: NY Phil Off the Grid

February 7, 2017 In: Sound Bits

The NY Philharmonic has come up with a pretty neat idea: chamber music “parties” hosted in unique venues…with a catch.  The NY Phil keeps the location of the concert/party a secret until just days before the concert. This adds to the intrigue of the “Off the Grid” events. Their website describes the events as “Exquisite […]