Why Stand Partners for Life Should Be In Your Podcast Bookmarks

Adaptistration People 143In 2016, guest author and classical music blogging heavyweight, Jason Heath, was kind enough to compile a list of his go-to classical music podcasts. Since then, several additional podcasts have hit the market, one of which is Stand Partners for Life.

Hosted by Nathan Cole, LA Philharmonic First Associate Concertmaster, and Akiko Tarumoto, LA Philharmonic Assistant Concertmaster, the couple (who are married) explore a wild range of professional topics and how they intersect with their professional life.

So those long LA drives to and from work became therapy sessions, and those sessions eventually morphed into this podcast. We figured that we should turn our orchestral observations into something positive, or we really would drive each other crazy. We try to keep the actual complaining to a minimum, although Akiko can’t help herself sometimes!

Recently, they published an episode about what it’s like to be a concertmaster titled That’s Life In The Hot Seat, Mr. Concertmaster!. They examine a cross section of artistic and non-artistic concerns along with all of the associated enjoyments and anxieties.

One aspect I particularly enjoyed about the site is some of the episodes include a transcript. Most don’t, but the most recent one not only includes a transcript but it has a timestamp for each of the host’s comments. It makes things particularly easy if you’re short on time and can only listen to a single segment.

Here’s hoping they can maintain that standard for future episodes.

031: That’s life in the hot seat, Mr. Concertmaster!

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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