The Latest Posts From Our Authors

  • More Under The Heading “Not Everyone Is Cancelling”
    The Seattle Symphony Orchestra (SSO) recently announced plans to begin performing live concerts via streaming platform as a cornerstone of 20/21 activity. If their county government engages Phase 4 of their reopening strategy during the season, they ...
  • #TBT Modifiers Matter
    Granted, today’s #TBT post is only a few months old but the most recent batch of cancellation notices arriving in my inbox indicate we could all use take a breath and remember that modifiers matter. There are still far too many instances of adj...

  • Are You An Implementer Or A Reader Of Arts Blog Knowledge?
    Via Artsjournal.com, on Arts & Culture Texas site, Tarra Gaines gives name to the difference between live and streamed performance. (my emphasis) Amid this deluge of performance art offerings flowing into my house, I realized two words marred my...
  • Even Covid Can’t Stop Translating Plan Into Action
    If readers have been paying close attention, you probably know I currently run an historic theater in Macon, GA. Last week, the Macon Arts Alliance released the cultural master plan the community had been working on for the previous year or so. It wo...

  • A Few Thoughts on Beethoven@250
    Just a quick ramble here… My social media feeds have been inundated with Beethoven over the past several months, which is understandable given that the Big Man’s 250th birthday is coming up this December.  I’m seeing ads for concer...
  • Staying in Touch with Non-Listeners
    Wow, it’s been a while.  Life/work has been very busy, but that’s no excuse for not pumping out a blog or two….or twenty. What has been so busy?  Well, at WFIU I’ve been expanding existing programs and creating new ones.  O...

  • A Pandemic Survey
    Like many musicians now, I’m incredibly busy with important issues like waking up, etc. So about a week ago I asked some friends (musicians or not) how they were spending their quarantine time, or what their current projects/goals were. Apologi...
  • A War Story
    Fortunately, I’ve never been in a “real” war. I’ve thought about that a lot over the years, especially during my time at Juilliard interacting with various musicians and teachers who’d really been through it, some barely...

  • Incredibly Useful Exercises for Double Bass – an overview
    The way that Dennis Whittaker approaches  the bass resonates so strongly with me.  Maybe it’s our shared background and similar pedagogical influences.  Regardless, there’s something in the way he lays things out that makes...
  • Minor Arpeggios – getting started
    We’re continuing our beginner bass series here with an introduction to minor arpeggios. Last week, we dug into the potentially thorny topic of chromatic scales and a few methods I’ve used to get students started with these. We’ve also recently ...

  • You Can’t Just Let People Tear Your Clothes Off Anymore
    Recently, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), the union which has members working in performing arts venues, convention centers, movies, and television productions, recently released their Covid-19 reopening guide. If you wo...
  • An Easy Way To Limit URLs Allowed To Embed A Video
    One of the more popular questions coming in from my Venture Platform users right now is how to embed a video so it can only playback on a password protected page. The goal is straightforward: performing arts organizations are looking for ways to offe...

  • Ristretto!
    I got back on Sunday evening from four beautiful days in Provence - with the Ristretto Summer Academy, as a spectator only I should add! And here they all are above, after the Saturday night concert, the result of seven...
  • Provence
    I am sitting in the shade where the temperature is 34 - in the delightful Hotel Notre-Dame de Lumières. I am here for just four days to join Errol and Susie Girdlestone at the Ristretto Summer Academy. This place is...


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SticksandDrones

  • GROUND CONTROL TO MAJOR TOM
    Well, it’s happened. You’ve squandered another perfectly good practice session by reading this blog. The good news is that it’s the last time you’re going to be able to blame me for missing that F sharp 9 diminished arpeggio,...
  • CODA. MY LAST POST…FOR NOW
    The height of your success is determined by the depth of your foundation.. To wrap up what has been a fantastic opportunity to explore ideas, to have heated and deep discussions and some real fun, I first have to thank Drew McManus (Adaptistration) f...

Lynn Harrell

  • Thank you, Henri.
    Henri Dutilleux has died. His work as a musician and composer is, and like Stravinsky, will remain a pinnacle of accomplishment from our time; and given how long his creativity lasted, it is fair to say his achievements span multiple generations. I h...
  • Remembering Janos
    Sometimes we are caught unawares just how much someone meant to us over the years. While I intended to use a recent opportunity to offer tribute to the great Janos Starker after a performance with the Detroit Symphony this last weekend, it was during...

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  • Opera Orchestras in the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Working List
    Anyone in the Classical Music Industry, or anyone connected to folks in the industry, has likely seen this widely-read article by classical tenor Zach Finkelstein on their social media newsfeeds. In a time when future paychecks for many in the opera ...
  • Pausing for a Brief Intermission
    Happy Monday, Dear Reader! Just a quick note to say I’ve decided to take a short break from posting here. No doubt 2019 will bring plenty to talk about, but for now I’m going to put my blogging on the back-burner. I look forward to retur...

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