What If You’re Not As Awesome As You Think?

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Among the 29th Annual Conductors Guild Conference sessions, one that stuck out in particular was the Auditioning Players panel discussion featuring musicians from the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (SLSO) talking about how to audition musicians, what to listen for, best practices, challenges and solutions to common issues, etc. Anecdotally, the SLSO is genuinely known for running one of the better audition processes in the US; from both the operations and audition …

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How About That; A New Contract Without Drama

In an age when contentious labor disputes abound, it’s nice to run across a situation where stakeholders reached an agreement without resorting to public mudslinging. Case in point, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (SLSO) announced they reached a new four year agreement 14 months ahead of the current contract’s expiration date.

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2010 Orchestra Website Review: Special Recognition Awards

During every orchestra website review, several orchestras deserve special recognition for how well they satisfied evaluation requirements as well as demonstrating particular originality and creativity for specific website components, regardless of overall score. As such, the Special Recognition Awards are designed to highlight individual achievements and promote them as benchmarks within the field…

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Google Handing Out Free AdWords For Nonprofits

Thanks to Dale Fisher’s new blog, The Revolution Starts…Now?; just one guy’s opinion on trying to make sense of the social media revolution at hand for pointing out a wonderful program from Google that is handing out as much as $10,000 per month in FREE AdWords advertising for qualifying nonprofits (that’s $0.23/min of sponsored link goodness). The astute readers out there have no doubt already picked up on the buzz word “qualifying” but thanks again to Dale who provides some ideal firsthand experience in how to maximize the probability of getting approved…

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Something Special In St. Louis Part 3

In order to round out this series of articles about the uniquely special grand concert in St. Louis on March 13th, 2005 it seems fitting to allow the last voice to come from those who participated in the event as patrons.  If you missed the earlier installments, here are Part 1 and Part 2. Karen Coulter, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Patron My friend, Mary Parks, told me about the concert and …

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