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Giving Voice: Teaching Artistry

Chris Cresswell sitting at a work station in front of a keyboard, a computer terminal, and a pair of speakers

I’d worked as a teaching assistant in college and had taught composition for a couple of summers, but this was the first time I’d encountered the label “teaching artist,” let alone had it applied to me. Over the course of the next nine weeks, I would learn more about being a composer, a teacher, an artist, and a person than I ever thought possible.

Realizing Unrealized Projects

A performance happening outdoors in the middle of a forest with audience members standing and listening.

A lot of our most highly funded institutions and visible organizations are dominated by quickly aging visions of making music. This stretches from professional ensembles and orchestras to the academies and conservatories where future musicians are trained.

Curation is Not a Form of Marketing

Photo of a man sitting and playing a violin as audience members seated around the room listen.

Nobody has a fulfilling experience if the music is asking for something the venue cannot provide, nor if a venue is calling out for new types of performance while we insist on the conventions of the concert hall.

New Music Needs Curators

A low level bright lightbulb is almost on par with the head of a man performing on the trumpet who is reading scores from conjoined music stands as an audience stands around listening

In the world of new music, curating is mostly a word we’ve usurped for use in funding applications and marketing materials. We use it because it sounds better to say someone (or a number of someones) “curated” a concert rather than “chose the pieces we’ll play.” But this is a myopic view of what curation can be.

Advice from Strangers: A Trust Recipe

trust illustration

Have you created a brand that people trust without hesitation, return to again and again? Trust is the superpower that bequeaths upon us endless leaps of faith. How do we get it?

Why I’m Not Getting a Doctorate

school bus

When she graduated with her master’s degree, Dale Trumbore give herself three years to try composing as a full-on career before considering any more schooling. She hasn’t returned to the classroom yet.

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