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How does the venue and the audience affect the music you play? Oliver Lake

Oliver LakePhoto by Chris Drukker It’s very difficult to describe the effect that different venues have on my performances. Certain audiences have different energies. Often the audience becomes a part of the performance and that can affect the performance in different ways. The more intimate, the better. I primarily play for myself and hope that […]

How did your education shape your attitudes about music?

Annie GosfieldComposer“I was taught the importance of creativity and individual expression early in life…” Jonathan ShefferComposerFounder, Conductor and Artistic Director of the Eos Orchestra“My musical education began at the Westport School of Music, where as a preschooler I was taught the basics of major and minor scales…” Amy RhodesDirector of Artist Management, Fine Arts Management“…At […]

Education and New American Music

Frank J. OteriPhoto by Melissa Richard Ten years ago I was a high school teacher in the New York City Public School System and since then, I have often described that experience as “my version of time in the peace corps.” It was simultaneously life affirming and extraordinarily frustrating. It was life affirming, because like […]

How did your education shape your attitudes about music? Amy Rhodes, Director of Artist Management, Fine Arts Management

Amy RhodesPhoto courtesy Fine Arts Management My traditional education did not really affect the way I think about music. In fact, I went to college and majored in Asian Studies and International Relations because I think I unconsciously needed to get away from music for a while. I learned about classical music completely at home. […]

How did your education shape your attitudes about music? Joshua Cody, Composer and Director of the Sospeso Ensemble

Joshua CodyPhoto courtesy Sospeso Ensemble I studied with several very gifted composers at Northwestern University, where I was also able to study some literature and philosophy. I’ll always feel uneducated-learning is an ongoing process. Of course the deeper one’s knowledge of the repertory and of the history of music, the more opportunity for depth and […]