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  • Wouldn’t you love to see how effective orchestras are with their social media campaigns? I can only speak for myself, but I’d be surprised if most arts admin professionals wouldn’t love to get their hands on regularly updated data. Unfortunately, […]
  • Who doesn’t enjoy a good list post, to that end, Ruth Hartt published something at her blog highlighting six assumptions arts orgs need to rethink. I agree with all six of Hartt’s points and if you regularly read her blog, […]

Butts In the Seats

Musings on practical solutions for arts management

  • There is a saying among those who work in the technical side of live theatre and events that if someone notices what is going on, you are doing your job wrong.  The idea is that for the most part, the […]
  • Seth Godin recently made a post on one of my favorite topics — valuing metrics that don’t really matter. Just because they’re easy to measure doesn’t mean they matter. […] If you’re working with people who say they care about […]


Holly mulcahy on the future of classical music

  • When corporations are faced with crisis, challenges, or just want to regroup and refocus, many have found that offering improv (improvisation) workshops is a great way to unify the company, encourage creativity, and streamline communication company-wide. Nonprofit organizations, especially orchestras, […]
  • Several years back I wrote an article about why it was important for orchestras to update their audition repertoire requirements. The repertoire lists that musicians were asked to prepare for auditions was not reflecting the updated missions of the ensembles, […]

non divisi

frank almond writes a column instead of practicing

  • My friends know I’m a huge fan of Seth Godin, the author, entrepreneur, and teacher. He also happens to have the most popular blog in the world (seriously, google the single word “Seth”). One of his recent posts really got my […]
  • People say weird stuff during a pandemic. You read them here first. Or probably not. Great! It’s probably just a few weeks off from the orchestra. No way they will cancel next season.  I thought PPP was a virus. Wait, […]

Double Bass Blog

jason heath on double bass news and resources

  • For years, I’d heard about “rules” that I was supposed to follow when figuring out bass fingerings. Honestly, it was a bit confusing to me. They all seemed to conflict with each other, and I was never sure where to […]
  • Andrew Kohn takes a deep dive into bass mutes, demonstrating 13 of them! Find Andrew’s compositions and editions in our sheet music store.


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Retired Blogs

Although these blogs no longer generate new content, their complete article archives will be made available indefinitely.

Sticks and Drones

Two conductors, on the beat

  • 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, because we’re […]
  • 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 […]

There’s Always Room For Cello

The official blog of cellist Lynn Harrell

  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]

Who’s Your Audience

Doug Rosenthal on the Arts and Industry of Classical Music

  • 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 […]
  • 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. […]

Scanning The Dial

Joe Goetz on Classical Music Broadcasting

  • I want to start this blog by recounting a story, and one that admittedly doesn’t portray me in the greatest possible light.  In the winter of 2018, I was made aware of a national hosting opportunity at APM/PRI’s Classical 24.  […]
  • 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 concerts, new […]

Brian Dickie

Life after 50 years in opera

  • 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…
  • 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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