TAFTO 2010 Contribution: Chris Felcyn

I had the pleasure of meeting Chris Felcyn, producer and program host for Detroit’s WRCJ-FM, 90.9, for the first time only a few months ago. Although we had a great on-air conversation, it was heartening to learn during our off-air chats about his efforts over the years to promote classical music. Chris enthusiastically jumped into the role of TAFTO contributor by putting together three stand-alone audio contributions that feature Chris interacting with concert-goer newbies. Honest and entertaining feedback abounds in each segment (I hope the DSO marketing department is listening)…

Eric, 33 and Karla, 34

[audio:http://adaptistration.com/wp-content/uploads/Felcyn-TAFTO-1-Eric-Karla.mp3|titles=Eric & Karla]

Mike, 37 and Jimmy, 42

[audio:http://adaptistration.com/wp-content/uploads/Felcyn-TAFTO-2-Mike-Jimmy.mp3|titles=Mike & Jimmy]

Jeremy, 37 and Jennifer, 35

[audio:http://adaptistration.com/wp-content/uploads/Felcyn-TAFTO-3-Jeremy-Jennifer.mp3|titles=Jeremy & Jennifer]

Read Chris’ bio and more at the TAFTO resource site.

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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2 thoughts on “TAFTO 2010 Contribution: Chris Felcyn

  1. BRAVO Chris,
    Thanks for telling me about this! I took notes and learned some messages for CutTime concerts! Like putting people at ease that they don’t need to do more than just let the music speak for itself. Maybe I’ll mention my love of Bluegrass and blues styles!
    I think I’ll have people wear TOGAS over their clothes to eliminate any dress code!
    I’ll have someone come conduct a familiar march or some Blue Danube excerpt! A CONTEST perhaps?

    Well done!

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