Who says COVID shutdowns mean you can’t have a new music workshop? Nonsense! Necessity is the mother of invention and in this installment of Shop Talk we sit down with the trio of big musical brains responsible for putting together The Great Plains Composition Workshop at the Wichita Symphony Orchestra (WSO), which reached out to BIPOC/women/underrepresented people to apply. And boy did they…
Attendees worked directly with today’s podcast guests: Emmy-nominated composer, Anne M. Guzzo, WSO Music Director and Conductor Daniel Hege, and WSO Concertmaster Holly Mulcahy.
This whole thing is fraught with landmines, but we had all the right people in the room and the attitude of the leaders was so positive and nurturing, it was really beautiful.
It’s one thing to have a vision that it can happy, it’s another to make it happen.
We advertised in the usual places also advertised in lots of spaces where I knew there were women of composer’s and composers of colors. We made sure our advertisement was open welcoming.
I really didn’t have any information on the composers, I made it a point to look at their score and listen to the music. I was so heartened to find out that the top pics aligned with the diverse and inclusive goals with bringing these composers in.
If you know how to get diverse applicants, it will lead to more diverse people on your concerts.
“Well we didn’t have any people of color to apply [to our composition festival]” Of course not, it’s because you don’t speak to enough people of color.
Zoom Fun Fact: after updates Zoom may change your default settings, like activating the recording time stamp. Which may be fine…unless you edit for length and record patch tracks, LOL. As such, you’ll have to forgive the fact that it seems like we’re time traveling through parts of the episode.
- Wichita Symphony
- Kenji Bunch in-school story and video
- The Composers Site
- American Composers Forum
- Diverse Voices in New Music (Facebook)
- Women and Gender Diverse People in Composition (Facebook)
- Women in Classical Music (Facebook)
- Opera America Alaana (African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and Native American) network (Facebook)
Daniel Hege is currently the music director of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and the Binghamton Philharmonic, and is the principal guest conductor of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra. Hege previously served as the music director of the former Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. He also makes numerous guest appearances with orchestras and music festivals across the country.
After hearing Scheherazade at an early age, Holly Mulcahy fell in love with the violin and knew it would be her future. She currently serves as concertmaster of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and Chattanooga Symphony & Opera and balances her orchestral duties with numerous concerto performances around the country. Holly is the Artistic Director of the Wyoming Festival of contemporary music and founded Arts Capacity, a charitable 501(c)3 which focuses on bringing live chamber music, art, artists, and composers to prisons.
About Shop Talk
The official podcast of Adaptistration.com, Shop Talk invites captivating guests to talk about engaging topics connected to the orchestra business.
Publication Schedule (subject to change #obvs)
- E01: Reaching Diverse Audiences Through The Marcom Lens, Ann Marie Sorrell and Ceci Dadisman 08/18/2020
- E02: Art Has Always Been Political, Weston Sprott and Jason Haaheim 09/01/2020
- E03: Deconstructing Silos, Anwar Nasir and Scott Harrison 09/15/2020
- E04: Fostering BIPOC And Women Composers, Anne M. Guzzo, Daniel Hege, and Holly Mulcahy 09/29/2020
- E05: What Orchestras Administrators Really Need, Zak Vassar and Jeff Vom Saal 10/13/2020
- E06: The Need For Expertise, Mark Almond and Jason Haaheim 10/27/2020
- E07: Changing Your Narrative, Mark Larson and Scott Silberstein 11/10/2020
- E08: Centering Equity, Ruby Lopez Harper and Brea M. Heidelberg 11/17/2020
- E09: How to Create High-Quality Video Content, Bruce Kiesling and Niccolo Go 12/08/2020
- E10: Walking Back Artistic Elitism, Kenji Bunch and Jenny Bilfield 12/22/2020
- E11: Being A Content Creator Before It Was Cool, Jeff Curnow 01/05/2021
- E12: The Commercial Life, Ceci Dadisman and Marc van Bree 01/19/2021
- E13: Composers In Academia, David MacDonald and Sam Merciers 2/2/2021
- E14: Musician Injuries Could Soar After COVID: Artistic Decision Makers Perspective, Jennifer Arnold and Tito Muñoz 3/9/2021
- E15: Musician Injuries Could Soar After COVID: Musician Perspective, Jon Bowen, Catherine Chen, and Yumi Hwang-Williams 3/23/2021
- E16: Academia/Pro Divide: Eric Esparza and Michael Lewanski