Shop Talk S01E06: The Need For Expertise

This episode’s topic is based on Jason’s blog post, The Most Teachable Era In Human History For The Necessity of Expertise. Questions of expertise are particularly relevant here an now when considering whether  the field has leaders with what we need for these unique challenges. But can that expertise be clearly defined? Do we know what we don’t need? Today’s guests are uniquely suited to this discussion because they have expertise …

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Shop Talk Last Call: Board Diversity

Grab a cocktail and strap in, we’re going to talk about board diversity with S01E02 guests Weston Sprott and Jason Haaheim. This segment produced a number of memorable quotes: “Power sharing, that’s really what this conversation is all about.” “It’s the modern equivalent of Papal Indulgences.” “Normal led to this, I’m not sure we want to go back.” Guests About Shop Talk The official podcast of, Shop Talk invites captivating guests to …

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Shop Talk S01E02: Art Has Always Been Political

“Yes, duh, art has always been political.” That’s the way one of this episode’s guests described today’s topic, but in the form of one slice of bread used to create the larger sandwich: are opera companies living up to their missions? This episode’s guests include Weston Sprott, Dean of the Preparatory Division at the Juilliard School and a trombonist in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and Jason Haaheim, Principal Timpanist of the …

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