Counting The Costs Article Has A Dedicated Home

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Ever since the updated version was published in March, 2017 Count The Costs; career cost of ownership for orchestra string musicians has been an enormously popular blog post. So much so, that I decided to convert it to a dedicated microsite at The microsite format provides a number of new user experience enhancements, not the least of which is a fixed side navigation to easily move from one section to another. If …

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The Music Of Star Trek Podcast Is On Its Way To Becoming A Thing

Good news everybody! After a thorough round of due diligence, it looks like the costs related to making the Music of Star Trek podcast a regular series is something that falls well within reasonable crowd sourcing goals. Among the larger expenses are those related to licensing and let’s face it, a podcast about the music of Star Trek would really suck without being able to, you know, include musical excerpts. And …

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Women Pioneers Among On-Stage Musicians

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Recently, I read an essay by Nancy Fako that recounted her experiences as one of the early women to win a position in the Boys Club brass sections of 1960 era large budget orchestras. It’s a great essay (something I hope will be published here soon) but it made me wonder about similar women musicians who earned positions during that era and braved the gauntlet of sexism and discrimination. I posted …

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Show Of Hands: Who Hates Scheduling Meetings?

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Finding meeting times when only two attendees are involved is enough of a hassle but each person you add to the mix makes things exponentially more frustrating. Fortunately, there’s an app for that, it’s called Doodle. Granted, a doodle doesn’t really have much to do with scheduling but don’t dwell; we live in an era where spelling is influenced more by the closest available domain name than anything resembling a dictionary. …

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How Much Longer Will The Field Enable Rampant Sexual Misconduct?

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Over the past week, news of multiple sexual misconduct allegations within the classical music business have emerged. One incident involved the Cleveland Orchestra being struck by lightning…again. In addition to the ongoing investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against concertmaster William Preucil, the Washington Post reports that the orchestra has now suspended principal trombonist, Massimo La Rosa, as part of that inquiry. La Rossa has been the subject of sexual misconduct …

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