#TBT Rethinking The Audition Process

Monday’s quiz about audition fees has generated a large number of responses. I’m leaving it open until we circle back to the topic next week but in the meantime, here’s what readers think (so far) about which scenarios are most common for musicians auditioning for an opening: For more on this topic, here’s an article from 2016 with suggestions on how to improve the audition process. The post goes into details …

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The Cost Of Excessive Workloads

In March, 2021 the field was starting to emerge from the pandemic to live performing and I launched a poll asking musicians about their concerns over physical, emotional, and psychological risks related to returning to work. At the time, musicians were concerned about both at nearly equal rates. While the exercise was somewhat academic then, we have nearly a year of quantitative data pointing to the conclusion that these were more …

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Apparently, Orchestras Are Among The Most Midwestern Things On The Planet

I know exactly where your orchestra should build its next venue: between a popular fishing hole and Amish country in a county with high Lutheran population…oh, and in the winter months, those fields needs snowmobiling trails. #BigDataUsedBadly Seriously though, an article by Andrew Van Dam in the 8/8/2022 edition of the Washington Post provides some fascinating data obtained after sifting through thousands of Airbnb listings to see how Midwesterners identify as …

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If Your Digital Program Is A PDF Of The Print Version, You’re Doing It All Wrong

H/T to Joe Patti for pointing out an opinion piece by Washington Post music critic, Michael Andor Brodeur, that may perhaps be best described with the headline “Perfectly Normal Change Upsets White Male.” Having said that, he inadvertently touches on one of the very real problems with the way some arts organizations implement digital program books. Far too often, arts orgs take a PDF copy of the print format layout and …

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