The Relevance Of New Music On The Orchestra Of Tomorrow

The Partial Observer published an article of mine today which is a transcription of an interview with Frank J. Oteri, editor, NewMusicBox. Frank is a remarkably well thought out individual with some very deep insight on the value of new music and the value of classical music to the American society…


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I know, you probably think you’ve heard all the arguments and discussions about new music before, but this is something different and it is well worth the time to stop by and read through the article.

This month will feature a number of articles here, The Partial Observer and Polyphonic.org related to the issues of new music in the orchestra business and it just might surprise how closely these issues are related to everything else at the heart of orchestra management. As such, enjoy the first installment via the interview with Frank J. Oteri, available now at Neo Classical, my column about the future of classical music, published exclusively at The Partial Observer.</P

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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