I’m Off To Tuba Christmas – Chicago

You mean you don’t know what Tuba Christmas is? In a nutshell, it is a holiday celebration that takes place in hundreds of cities across the country…

Adaptistration People 152Literally, thousands of tuba and euphonium players come together to play traditional and contemporary Christmas carols in the spirit of the holiday. The Chicago area event will take place at 3:30 p.m., in the Palmer House Hilton Hotel, 17 East Monroe Street – Grand Ballroom – 4th floor.

This will be my first Tuba Christmas in the Chicago area so I’m looking forward to having some real fun amidst one of the largest Tuba Christmas events in the country. However, I’m only one among hundreds but if you can pick me out of the crowd, feel free to come up and say hello.

You can learn more about Tuba Christmas by visiting http://www.tubachristmas.com

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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