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  • Top-Tier Musician Compensation 2018
    It’s time to revisit base musician compensation levels at the top eight highest paying orchestras. For a number of these orchestras, the 2017/18 season marks the end of their existing collective bargaining agreement (CBA) and they have yet to r...
  • #TBT Commencement Season
    It’s that time of year when colleges are sending their recent crop of graduates into the great unknown and that means commencement speeches. Based on experience, I try to avoid commencement speeches but every now and then, something really spec...

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Neo Classical

  • There Is An Easter Egg In My Concerto
    When one thinks of violin concertos, it is easy to summon up the typical formulas and expectations. The concerto I will premiere next spring in Chattanooga is not going to be one of those. Last summer I mentioned to Hollywood film composer, George S....
  • Yes, And. The Early Days Of A New Nonprofit
    After a few performances in the prisons over the last two years, it became clear we were bringing an entirely new and important conversation to the forefront. The conversations were never planned out. They consisted of sharing some music with prisone...

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  • Pressing the Play Button as the Pause Button
    Last month was a busy month, but I was still able to make time to attend Arts and Culture events. Like staying hydrated and eating a vegetable every couple of days, giving the brain some variety can be helpful for doing things well. Or at the very le...
  • Thanks for the Raise!
    Dear [Member of Congress], [As your constituent and] as a musician, union member, teacher, and middle-class income earner; I want to thank you for the work you did to bring H.R. 1625 to the President’s desk. Among the many agencies that will now of...

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  • Colin Corner – Audition Notes
    The Oregon Symphony recently held an audition for Assistant Principal Bass. The Principal Bassist, Colin Corner wrote some words about the audition winner Braizahn Jones. They are inspiring and effective in describing what one might be listening for ...
  • Francois Rabbath – ISB 2017
    Thanks to Lloyd Goldstein for this video! The Bow Arm that changed the world! The post Francois Rabbath – ISB 2017 appeared first on Jason Heath's Double Bass Blog.

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  • WordPress 4.9.6: A GDPR Compliance Release
    If you’re a WordPress user, you might have noticed the recent 4.9.6 update release. This is an important update in that it enables you to help make your site compliant with the European Union’s (EU) new General Data Protection Regulation (G...
  • Orchestra & Opera Workplace Satisfaction: Spring 2018
    At the end of 2016, we published a pair of articles that surveyed arts managers about how and why they changed jobs. Since then, I’ve been tracking workplace satisfaction levels at orchestras and operas by way of glassdoor.com reviews. The Spri...

Brian-Dickie

  • Berlin and London
    Final line up: Manuel Lange, Svetlina Stoyanova, Emily D'Angelo, Christina Nilsson, Zlata Khershberg, Liz Mohn, Mingjie Lei, Petr Sokolov, Holger Noltze It was indeed an excellent celebration of young talent in Berlin on Wednesday evening. We were pr...
  • Peaceful May continues......
    Another week gone! And the highlight was 48 hours in glorious Suffolk, in Orford with all its associations with the world of Benjamin Britten. Of course two days is never long enough but I will be back in June for...

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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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