Forget New Normal, Just Focus On The New

There’s an excellent article by Tim Diovanni and Jerome Weeks in the 10/18/21 edition of The Dallas Morning News that examines the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) decision to maintain all of the broadcast equipment they invested in over the pandemic. They used that equipment to produce virtual events and I’m thrilled to see the organization make the decision to integrate recordings and broadcast as part of their offerings. Ideally, the DSO …

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You Have How Many Browser Tabs Open?!?!?

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While the number of tabs you can have open simultaneously before your computer begins to slow down depends on your hardware specs, there’s nothing inherently bad about keeping multiple tabs open. In fact, there are plenty of times where you need to open multiple tabs at the same time and if you need to do that regularly, there’s a cool Google Chrome trick you can use to open any number of …

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Speaking Of Change…

Recently, my wife posted a note on her Facebook wall that garnered a great deal of feedback: What’s genuinely interesting is the range of perspectives coming in; some believe it applies to a specific stakeholder group while others take an inward view. Then there are those that adopt a more empathetic approach and look at it from the point of view of a new or infrequent ticket buyer. For my money, …

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#TBT So Much Job Description Word Salad

I’ve been reading a number of job descriptions (JDs) as of late and while they’ve been steadily improving over the past few years, something happened in 2021 and I’m seeing more and more of the boilerplate, jargon filled, word salad nonsense that defined JDs from years past. This is especially true of executive director and CEO positions and for candidates, that should be giant red flag. Pardon me for stating the …

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Enough With The Predictions Already

Just a short and sweet post today to say there must be something in the air as I’ve seen a trio of classical music prediction articles over the last week. Usually, they don’t really bother me but while the field is still emerging from the pandemic and uncertainty runs rampant, now is not the time for prognostication. Instead, examining how orchestras can use this time of transition to shed old habits, …

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