What Evil Lurks In The Hearts Of Oboists…

I had to laugh out loud today at a comment I read in Patricia Mitchell’s blog, obeinsight.  She recounts a story about when a patron once asked her what goes through her mind when she plays, this was her answer:

“I wanted to tell her I was trying to decide if I would have my typical bowl of Cheerios when I got home, or if I felt more like a beer.”

As a tuba player my response would be, “Why can’t it be both?”

But seriously, on average, most patrons are fascinated at what and how musicians do what they do.  Sharing this sort of thing is wonderful, what we need to do is provide more opportunities for this sort of patron/musician interaction to occur.

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.