Crushing Classical

Crushing Classical

Crushing Classical podcast is an ongoing series of provocative interviews with musicians who are pioneering a new path in the classical music genre. I dig into musician's lives who have made an often risky move towards forging a unique path and creating a different kind of music career for themselves. This is particularly challenging in a field where the conventional approach is seeking employment in an orchestra. Join me and learn how others are redefining a thriving classical music career.... Show More

Episodes

February 26, 2021 62 min

What you’ll hear

  • How to think like an entrepreneur and still be community-centered
  • The way to use networking and connections to build the career and business you want
  • The illusive ingredient of self-awareness - how to get it and how to use it to create a life you want
  • A unique way to add personality to recording projects (I’m surprised no one does this already!)
  • And so much more!
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    This episode is going to KNOCK your socks off. This is REAL TALK about pricing and getting paid. Super valuable advice for every working musician, seriously a must-hear. Brian delivers massive value… I can’t wait for you to hear it!

  • The #1 thing you should make sure happens when it comes to getting paid, whether it’s a gig or students
  • How to simultaneously raise your prices AND make it a no-brainer for the one who’s paying for the l...
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    Combining trumpet with... electronics? This is exactly what today's guest is doing in her career, crushing it as a recording artist, performer, course creator and teacher. What you'll hear from Sarah Belle Reid on today's episode:

    - How saying YES and doing things out of your comfort zone can change the trajectory of your career

    - How she went from technology newbie to mastering a whole new language

    - The journey from o...

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    What you'll hear:

  • The choice you have: what you can do about waiting for things to go “back to normal” as an artist
  • The difference between being an “interpreter” and a “content creator” in music
  • The definition of Cultural Capital - how that works financially and through your impact on the world
  • What if you’re not *yet* a creator? We discuss this important question
  • How saying YES before your ready pays off
  • The blocks most musicians h...
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    What you'll hear:

    - How doing something outside your comfort zone can drastically change your future in a short amount of time - Fabiana's journey to entrepreneurship.

    - The *true* meaning of entrepreneurship - this one surprised me!

    - What to do if you're offered your dream job when you're a business owner... how to make that decision and how Fabiana handled it.

    - The incredible opportunity at the University of Nor...

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    Eric Branner is a guitarist, teacher and the founder of FONS, an incredible payment and scheduling app for service-based entrepreneurs like you.

    On the show today we talked about his app and how using it can drastically make your music teaching business more efficient, organized and less stressful.

    We also talked about...  

  • How to navigate raising your rates - especially right now
  • Reaching 6-figures as a music teacher - by doing wha...
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    What you'll hear: 

    - Creating a digital concert series - what that looks like and how his orchestra is making it a complete experience

    - Robert's take on being an assistant conductor... and how it can be a special position in it's own right, not just a stepping-stone

    - What it was like to conduct the Cleveland Orchestra in a duck costume (yes you read that right!)

    - How to build a following around something YOU created ...

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    Welcome to my *NEW* series, The HOT SEAT, where I talk with musicians I'm working with in *real* time about audience building and creating businesses in the world TODAY!

    On today's episode I have Claire Galloway Weber, soprano, diction expert and program creator.

    We talked about:

  • Claire’s opinions on creating your OWN career in the opera world
  • AGE LIMITS and the problems with them - and how they limit young singers
  • About the ...
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    What you'll hear:

    - The best approach when inviting someone to collaborate and how to communicate when you do it

    - Creative ideas for performance during this weird time

    - How to think of branding and what you offer as a musician

    - Why and how you should *ASK* for what you want from your audience

    And so much more!

    To hear more about Greg and to check out his latest album, go to https://gregoryharrington.com/

    To purchase Greg'...

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    What you'll hear:

    - How Joe manages social media with a busy symphony schedule

    - How growing an audience on Instagram changed his life

    - The story of his first audition failure... this one was a surprise!

    - Joe's POV on losses (powerful!)

    - The key to loving your career... this one is HUGE

    - The biggest problem in music education and what Joe is doing about it

    - And so much more!

    To find out MORE about Project 440 College F...

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    What you'll hear:

    - Learn about the concept of enrollment and how it helps you make your project a reality without making you feel like you're asking everyone for a favor

    - How personal development transformed Caleigh's career - and how she uses what she has learned through years of her own work on herself with her coaching with clients

    - How she continues to make her dream projects reality

    - And so much more!

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    Join me for this 3-part interview series discussing the power of an audience in your music career.

    First up: Jennet Ingle, orchestral and solo oboist and founder of The Invincible Oboist, a 10-week online program geared toward becoming a stronger, more confident oboist and reed maker. Jennet and I talk about how she built her audience and the launch of her new program, which is possible *because* of having an audience of people who...

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    What you'll hear:

     - What makes an online performance good? We discuss

    - How his activism plays a role in his career - and why you shouldn't be afraid to speak your mind

    - How allowing *who you are* into your work actually causes you to connect with your audience on a deeper level

    - Charisma... what it is, actually. This was amazing.

    ... and so much more!

    We are going to go LIVE on my FACEBOOK page together on Friday 5/22 ...

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    CEO and co-founder of Nu Deco Ensemble is back to share the latest about this cutting-edge 21st century orchestra.

    You’ll hear:

  • How they are staying connected with their audience during the current situation with the lockdown
  • Their unique model - a totally cutting-edge way of operating ticketing, raising money and building a strong community at the same time
  • How they’re redefining what a YOUTH ORCHESTRA experience can look like - you...
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    Cellist/Singer-songwriter/Teaching Artist and my good friend SHANA TUCKER comes on the podcast to talk about her career, from youth orchestra to being a music major, to discovering a NEW way of doing things as an artist with her cello that matches who she is and what she really wants to do. She shares her journey from college to a creating a career as an independent performer and teaching artist.

    To hear Shana’s music, go to http:/...

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    Babatunde and I sit down to talk about creating a really unique career in the opera world, the story of how a casually posted video on Facebook went viral in a matter of days (and what he did next) and what the opera world thinks of him combining hip hop beats with opera.

    Follow Babatunde on social media:

    Facebook

    Instagram @babatunde_hiphopera

    YouTube 

    Join Babatunde's mailing list here

    CC theme music by Gaby Castro: follo...

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    What you'll hear:

  • The place of opera in today’s world - where does it fit in?
  • The treatment of women in traditional opera: how Jennifer feels about this and how she directs to deal with this
  • The artistry that is possible in directing and how you can alter the story - she’s got one coming up for opera’s most popular piece
  • How she makes opera more modern with the use of technology
  • The LENGTH of opera… what do we do with that in our w...
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    What you'll hear:

  • The concept of “failing UP” - what that means
  • “Don’t quit your day job” - WHAT? Chris’ advice on how to make your dream of getting an orchestra job come true as a musician
  • The best advice about managing your day for your work - and what Chris suggests you consider when managing a freelance career AND preparing for an audition
  • The concept of a Practice Buddy - and how to find a good one - and some tangible ideas y...
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    What you'll hear:

  • The benefit of being an *early adopter*
  • Audience research… how Nathan adjusted to suit what he discovered while growing his audience
  • What it looks like to be CHOOSY in your career - the fear most people feel and how it really works
  • The power of getting a coach for your business - something that’s *really* different from having a private teacher for your instrument
  • Zeroing on the exact student you’d like to teach -...
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    What you'll hear:

  • Getting an internship… the gutsy way Joe did it
  • The embarrassing thing Joe and I both admit… but it’s a smart move after college!
  • Getting started as a commercial composer - what that looks like
  • The value of getting a “real” job after undergrad
  • The self-employment conundrum… how do you get clients? Joe shares his secret (hint: it’s connected to visibility!)
  • Self employment and your personality type - what works, wha...
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