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DREW MCMANUS ON THE ORCHESTRA BUSINESS

  • After 18 years, 10 months, 17 days, and 4,821 posts it’s time to wrap things up. I was listening to the original Broadway cast recording of Hamilton and the track One Last Time came on. If you’re unfamiliar with the […]
  • I’m away for a short vacation and decided to take a few extras days off from blogging as well but I’ll try to be back on Wednesday, September 14, 2022. Once things are back up and running, we’ll be examining […]

Butts In the Seats

Musings on practical solutions for arts management

  • Keep your radio tuned and your ears open to your local NPR station for the next month or so, especially if you are a theatre professional. The network is doing a series over the next five weeks about the 75th […]
  • Since there is a bit of a cross-readership, many of you may have already seen that Drew McManus announced yesterday that he was going to cease posting regularly on the Adaptistration blog. Drew is one of the few people who […]

NEO CLASSICAL

Holly mulcahy on the future of classical music

  • Feeling needed, valued, seen, and appreciated are all things we humans like. When people acknowledge what others do or bring to a company or organization, it can be extremely powerful. It can make the person work harder, stay with the […]
  • 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, […]

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.

ArtsHacker

practical tips, tricks, and pointers for getting things done as an arts manager

  • Ok folks, let’s talk about arts organizations on TikTok. In the past few months, I’ve noticed more and more establishing a presence and totally rocking it! I’ve been in the industry for the advent of nearly all the major social […]
  • For arts managers outside the finance team, the idea of an audit may seem either terrifying or mundane. Even some inside the finance teams, of organizations of all sizes, the annual external audit process can consume a significant portion of […]

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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