An Exciting And Busy Week

This week includes a major milestone for that project I mentioned several months back about the new ticketing and CRM platform my company has been developing. As such, I’m taking part of the week off from blogging. The good news is tomorrow’s Shop Talk and Friday’s Last Call episode have been finished and in the hopper for more than a week so they will go out on schedule. This episode’s featured …

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Basic Metrics Reporting Has Never Been Easier

Your group probably uses Google Analytics, but are you also using Google Search Console? Spoiler: you should. Fortunately, it’s easy to set up and once you do, you’ll benefit from one of the new features they rolled out this year in the form of monthly performance reports. Even if you’re someone who rarely touches analytics, you can get a good bit of useful top-level information from these reports. I published an …

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We Covered All the Topics

Last Sunday, I had the pleasure of being a guest on Silence of the Tacets, when trombone players have time on their hands, a video podcast hosted by Vancouver Symphony Principal Trombone, Brian Wendel, and Vancouver Symphony Principal Bass Trombone, Ilan Morgenstern. It was a great conversation with a solid stretch of time to cover a wide range of topics. It’s always engaging to chat with professional musicians who are interested …

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Colorado Springs Philharmonic Decided To Follow The Path of Louisville, c. 2011

In 2011, the Louisville Orchestra had the dubious distinction of becoming the first professional US orchestra to attempt to cancel the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) and replace those employees with replacement musicians. It didn’t end well. The orchestra’s executive leadership took a beating in the court of public opinion and the dismissed musicians and their union colleagues across the country managed to hold firm. Along with their supporters, they managed to …

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Even More Research Into Making Concert Halls Safe

There’s a fascinating interview in the 9/25/2020 edition of, NPR Utah, where host Caroline Ballard examines a recently completed project by a team at the University of Utah led by scientists Tony Saad and James Sutherland that studied Abravanel Hall’s airflow to help identify risk for musicians in the Utah Symphony. You can listen to the full interview at the radio station’s website, but a few bits that jumped out …

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