An Opera “Food Truck” – Your Innovative Idea for the Day

August 5, 2016 In: Sound Bits

Food trucks are thriving in many cities throughout the US, offering creative food prepared in trucks that travel to key locations where they meet their customers. One such city is Portland, Oregon, where the local opera company has used the concept to come up with an innovative way to bring samples of opera to the […]

Three Key Ingredients for a Sustainable Ensemble

August 3, 2016 In: Ahead of the Beat

I think it is fair to say that most musicians who start an ensemble hope that it will be sustainable.  There are many factors that effect the longevity of a group of musicians, but let me suggest three key ingredients for keeping your ensemble together and moving forward past at least the 5 year mark.  […]

Registration Now Open for October 8, 2016 Conference: INNOVATE. LEAD. MUSIC.

July 27, 2016 In: PRJC News

Registration is now open for the October 8, 2016 one day conference in Rochester, NY organized by the Paul R. Judy Center for Applied Research!  Registration is just $25 and includes all the conference events: keynote presentation, discussion panels, concert, and cocktail reception! This event is a must attend for musicians, ensemble leaders, educators, arts […]

How Any Musician Can Be a Great Public Speaker

July 25, 2016 In: Sound Bits

Musicologist Frank M. Cooper recently recorded an extremely informative presentation on the topic of public speaking and writing for musicians. Cooper is a gifted speaker, communicator, and educator himself, and his presentation gives a wide-ranging historical perspective on public speaking for musicians.  Looking to improve your speaking at concerts and events? Take some time to […]

How to Make Your Concert an Experience

July 20, 2016 In: Sound Bits

Think about what it feels like when you walk through a Disney Park.  My response is always, “they have thought of everything!”  It seems as though every detail has been considered in an effort to make the visitor experience as wonderful as possible.  How can we translate this to classical music concerts?  I think a […]

3 Things Musicians Should Do Over the Summer

3 Things Musicians Should Do Over the Summer

July 12, 2016 In: Sound Bits

Somewhere there is probably a post or a meme that follows “3 Things Musicians Should Do Over the Summer” with: 1. Practice 2. Practice 3. Practice.  It’s sort of a running joke in musician circles; the answer to every question could be “practice.”  But practicing doesn’t solve all problems, and there are indeed other things […]

Videos Now Available from League of American Orchestras Conference

July 6, 2016 In: Sound Bits

The League of American Orchestras recently held its 71st National Conference in Baltimore, MD, and the organization has recently posted videos and powerpoint presentations from the conference on their website. On the 2016 conference website you can read about all the sessions that took place, view presentation slides, and watch video recordings of a number of […]

NEW! The Eastman Career and Leadership Certificate: Online

June 29, 2016 In: Sound Bits

With courses that include “Career Skills for the 21st Century,” “Digital Marketing,” “Leadership Issues in Music,” and “Entrepreneurial Thinking,” the Eastman Career and Leadership Certificate: Online is a new opportunity to earn a certificate from the Eastman School of Music online, learning from Eastman instructors.  The certificate program is geared towards serious students of music […]

An Innovative Approach to Young Peoples’ Concerts

In: Ahead of the Beat

During the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra’s 2015-2016 Learning in Concert program, children from forty elementary schools all across Massachusetts and Rhode Island explored the shared concepts of adaptations and motion in classical music, biology and scientific illustration. During the classroom visit phase of the Learning in Concert program, the children were presented with three musical motifs […]

Forbes: Meet An Entrepreneur Bringing Innovation To Classical Music

June 20, 2016 In: Ahead of the Beat

In a recent article on, Christina Wallace interviews Elevate Ensemble’s founder Chad Goodman about the innovative ideas that the ensemble has explored in San Francisco. Read the article here.