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

October 1, 2020 44 min

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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    What you'll hear:

  • The incredible, daring project of taking a 9’ Steinway OUTSIDE to play concerts in nature… THE logistics around THAT!
  • Sharing your new ideas with friends and colleagues… the advice you need to hear
  • How to make your vision for what you’re creating super CLEAR
  • Why Hunter loves grants - and his advice on doing better at applying for them… this one is SO important!
  • One way to tell if your project is a good idea… I lov...
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    Thank you for joining me on my first SOLO podcast episode, a follow up to the free training, Find Your Boss Self - where I explore the reasons why people are resisting becoming visible and growing their audience.

    What you'll hear:

  • Does audience building have to take up all of your time? My philosophy on this
  • What about what your colleagues think? I share the reason you feel this pressure, what they see and how to remedy your fee...
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    What you'll hear:

  • The one thing you need to know about musicians’ hearing health
  • How to find the RIGHT audiologist as a musician - specific for musicians’ needs
  • Things you NEED to tell an audiologist when you go to an appointment - I never would have known this!
  • What to do if you get a negative hearing diagnosis - first step, don’t freak out! Hear what to do after that!
  • Things you can do in your surroundings to protect your hearing...
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    What you'll hear:

  • The conundrum Jeffrey found himself in when he started his new job as a horn teacher in a university, and how he solved it
  • The story behind his unique way of teaching the horn
  • What improvisation REALLY is… this was my favorite description of it I’ve ever heard
  • An amazing distinction between playing and listening… 
  • A toxic part of the teaching paradigm, something I believed until now!
  • Instead of fearing improvisatio...
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    What you'll hear:

  • The devastating relationship in orchestras between the musicians and the management: what is behind this?
  • The most valuable actions that musicians can do in partnership with the management
  • The actual key to breaking down the barrier between the two sides
  • Redefining the qualifications of a professional musician *outside* of just the valuable playing ability and musicianship: going forward, will it be wise to allow...
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    What you'll hear:

  • Being a child prodigy and his very advanced view on how to deal with success at an early age
  • How Conrad figured out his NICHE - great advice for EVERY musician
  • The question every music org should ask themselves about programming - this one is so spot on!
  • The audience-building misunderstandings currently in the classical music marketplace - a new way of looking at it
  • What presenting classical music is *really* abou...
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