Alsop Departs BSO At The End Of 20/21

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Official news dropped yesterday that embattled Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) music director, Marin Alsop, will be stepping out of that position at the end of the 2020/21 season. She’ll move into the position of music director laureate and retain title as OrchKids founder. The 2/26/2020 edition of The Baltimore Sun published an article by Mary Carole McCauley that provides more details but by and large, there are no surprises. The timing …

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Off To Louisville for #SETC2020

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I’m off to Louisville, KY today for the 2020 Southeastern Theatre Conference (#SETC2020) convention. It’s going to be a quick trip but if you’re in the downtown area and would like to connect, feel free to reach out and we’ll see what can happen. You can reach me via Facebook or send along your cell/text number. If you’re at the conference, my session is Friday morning from 10:30am – 11:45am and …

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First Of Two Reports Concludes Plácido Domingo Engaged In Sexual Misconduct And Abuse Of Power

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Over the last several months, two organizations have been investigating allegations that Plácido Domingo abused his positions of authority and engaged in multiple counts of sexual misconduct with subordinates and colleagues. While the investigation still underway by the LA Opera has no expected end date nor is it known if any findings will be made public, the investigation conducted by the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), the musicians’ union representing …

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Happy Sweet 16 Butts In The Seats!

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It wouldn’t be February without congratulating Joe Patti for another terrific year of posts at Butts In The Seats; Musings on Practical Solutions For Arts Management. It is celebrating its 16th anniversary this week! If that wasn’t enough, Joe is also a regular contributor at where his posts are among the site’s most frequently visited and shared so if you aren’t already familiar with his work, stop by and set aside a meaningful …

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Creating Better Surveys Using Narrative Driven Questions

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Audience surveys have been around for ages but most I come across are still rooted firmly in an old-school approach that relies on a certain level of understanding on the part of respondents in order to be effective. But there’s value in considering an approach that relies more on narrative driven questions. Narrative driven questions combine description and explanation of personal experiences in order to understand or explain reactions and behaviors, …

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