ORD > JAC: Off To The Tetons

I’m en route to Jackson Hole, WY today for my annual working vacation at the Grand Teton Music Festival (GTMF). A truly lovely destination, the Grand Teton National Park is an ideal backdrop for one of the best summer music festivals in the country.

But just because I’m away, that doesn’t mean blog posts will take a hiatus. In addition to my own regular posts, you can look forward to some guest authors as well.

In the meantime, drop by the GTMF website to check out their concert schedule or listen to clips from upcoming concerts. There’s even a nice video from the 2011 season (bottom left) that features Neo Classical author and GTMF violinist Holly Mulcahy performing Jennifer Higdon’s Piano Trio (which begins at the 3:24 mark) that includes interviews with the composer.

Grand Teton Music Festival

 

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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  1. While on vacation sometime back in the 90s, we discovered the GTMF totally by accident (we were camping just a few miles away). What a site! What outstanding music-making: the concert we attended included all of the Chopin Preludes and the Brahms F-minor piano quintet. A place to which I need to return. Don’t work too hard on your vacation.

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