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  • Sick Day
    I’m taking a sick day so just a quick post linking over to something from culture writer Brian Wise back in July, 2017: Five Things Every Orchestra Website Should Get Right. Of particular interest is the recommendation about date formats: Internat...
  • Empathetic Complaining 101
    There was an intriguing article in the 12/7/2017 edition of Capacity Interactive’s blog about how to handle negative social media comments. It includes some thoughtful Q&A from a trio of arts marketers and by and large, it’s a very u...

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  • You Can Have All The Charity Golf Tournaments You Want When You Own The Courses
    Generous donations to a non-profit can often become more of a burden than a blessing which is why it is important to have a good donation policy and properly evaluate the impact of the donation upon the organization. According to a story in Non Profi...
  • Uncaging The Ticket Office Staff
    Ken Davenport made a post last month about the way the New York City subway system is shifting their practice. Since more subway riders are able to pay for rides with their credit cards and even have refillable Metro cards sent to their homes, there ...

Neo Classical

  • Your Orchestra Says It’s Progressive, Your Audition Requirements Say Otherwise
    There are many initiatives in the classical music industry to promote living, woman, and minority composers. You will see numerous festivals and special concert series devoted to supporting and promoting these composers. That is exactly what should b...
  • Why Are You Here?
    Sometimes the simplest of questions are the deepest. “Why are you here?” was asked at a prison recital last month. The prisoner wanted to know why performers would come to such a place when we could be anywhere else. But that question meant more ...

Who's Your Audience?

  • When Classical Music feels like the Wild West
    Happy Blogiversary! This article marks two years since the launch of “Who’s Your Audience?”. It’s been an interesting way to put my thoughts to paper…er, computer screen. There have been a variety of issues covered, and my approach has ...
  • 4 Things I’d Love to Not Hear in 2018
    The Best and Worst Moments of 2017 have been decided. The Resolutions of 2018 have been made and, with few exceptions, will be broken in the coming days. We’ve all opened up to the first day of our “365 Adorable Pugs” daily desk calendars. ...

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  • 2018 Chicago Bass Festival
    Registration is now open for the 2018 Chicago Bass Festival! There will be clinics and masterclasses from members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera, Milwaukee Symphony, and more! Find out more at www.bassfest.mya.org. The post 2018 Chica...
  • Review: Wiedoeft Double Bass Rosin
    I’ve used pretty much every rosin on the market during my 25+ years as an active double bassist. From Pops, Carlsson, Kolstein, and Nyman to Petz and Super-Sensitive Hypoallergenic Rosin, I’ve found things that work great for me and things that b...

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  • Constructive, Considerate Executive Transitions – An Example
    The importance of transition planning is a common topic of discussion for non-profits given current and anticipated retirements. A few years ago we offered a set of guidelines for planning the transition which included a pretty impressive toolkit gen...
  • Coming Soon To A Conference Near You!
    Conference season is right around the corner and there are several opportunities to attend sessions and meet up with ArtsHacker’s regular contributors. Here’s a current list of where you can find us through the end of August, 2018: March ...

Brian-Dickie

  • Finals!
    And so we have got to the end of this wonderful competition in Izmir with the finals in the University division on Wednesday and the Young Professionals (up to the age of 33) last night. And that was really night...
  • A day at Pergamon
    The Theatre at Pergamon - 2 pm Tuesday 13 February 2018 We jury members had a magical day at Pergamon yesterday, in glorious sunshine. The kindness and generosity of the organisers of the Izmir competition know no bounds. And as...

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non-divisi

  • Hiatus
    I love writing for nondivisi and have cherished the opportunity to do so, however sporadic the content and quality have been. But with a heavy heart I must inform you that nondivisi is now on indefinite hiatus, due to a serious illness within my imme...
  • Shameless Self-Promotion Dept.
    Many people know I’m extremely fortunate to play on an incredible violin that’s gained even more notoriety over the past couple of years. One of the numerous challenges after it was stolen was to try and pick up where I left off artistic...

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

  • Cello Perspectives With WFMT
    I had the pleasure of participating in WFMT’s cello month, which is planning to broadcast Songs My Father Taught Me on January 31st at 10:00 PM Central Time.  Noel Morris published a lovely piece about everything at the WFMT blog, which incl...
  • 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...

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