The Music Of Trek Podcast Is On Its Way

Over the weekend, I had so much fun recording the Music of Star Trek podcast with an amazing group of friends and colleagues. And whenever you get a group of friends together to geek out, it’s bound to be a good time, and this was no exception.

Now that everything is recorded, I can officially announce the crew, all of which share a passion for Trek and come from different aspects of classical music.

  • Conductor and pianist Bill Eddins
  • Arts marketer Ceci Dadisman
  • Principal Timpanist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Jason Haaheim
  • Composer, author, and educator Rob Deemer

I’m still putting the final touches on the show but here are a few teasers to tide you over:

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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