Get To Know The Guest Authors

Since launching the redesign, it turns out one of the most popular new pages is the Guest Author archive. As such, I wanted to take a moment and point it out along with listing some of the most popular guest author posts over the years (so far!):

Without a doubt, one of the most popular authors is acoustician Christopher Blair. He has been contributing posts since 2009 on the topic of concert halls and acoustics and they are routinely a hit with readers:

Orchestral Acoustics 101: Avery Fisher Hall

Orchestral Acoustics 101: Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

Building Concert Halls, Part 1: What makes a great concert hall?

Building Concert Halls, Part 2: Well-worn paths to failure

Building Concert Halls, Part 3: How to ensure success

Jason Heath’s List of classical music Podcasts is something I’m sure we’ll be updating over the years:

The Growing World of Classical Music Podcasts

And who doesn’t love to learn all about music librarians. We were fortunate to have one of the very best, Wilson Ochoa, provide an inside look at what goes into an orchestra librarians day to day firefighting:

In The Line Of Fire

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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