Back In Town

 I’m back from the Tetons and I already miss being there.  It never ceases to amaze me just how good an orchestra can play when everyone is happy, healthy, and talented. 

There was a fantastic concert where the first half featured music entirely by modern composers (although the modern music purists would be upset to know I include Barber in that grouping) followed up with Dvorak’s 7th Symphony on the second half.  The french horn section was truly the “hammer of God”.

 I’ll be spending today and tomorrow digging out from underneath the pile of work that was waiting for me and I’ll be back to blogging on Wednesday.

So stay tuned, there’s quite a bit of exciting stuff in the works

Also: I published an article on The Partial Observer today about summer music festivals that includes a great list of links to music festival sites and a good search engine.  It’s well worth your time!


About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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