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  • Comp Tickets Are Not Cocaine
    I’m not a huge fan of the complementary (comp) tickets in the classical music industry. Handing out comps tells an audience that the years of work I put into my craft is essentially value-less. Being a professional musician means fighting that stig...
  • 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....

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  • Tuesday, November 6, 2018
    Are you eligible to vote in the USA on Tuesday, November 6, 2018? Do you know where to vote? Do you have an upcoming primary election? Do you still need to register to vote? Even if you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know that the el...
  • 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...

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  • The Golden Age of Double Bass Making… is Now!
    I had a marvelous time attending the 2018 Double Bass Workshop hosted by the Violin Society of America (VSA) at Oberlin College. I first learned of this event when I interviewed bass luthier Arnold Schnitzer in 2016. Arnold invited me to come check i...
  • How to work in Germany as a double bass player
    This is a guest post from German double bassist Uli Schneider.  Enjoy! Starting Off Although I started very early with the Double Bass with the age of 10 (1991 there were no small basses in Germany, so I started to play a 3?4 sized bass while stand...

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  • Time To Think About Compensation Resources
    Within the parameters of nonprofit performing arts, compensation can be a sticky subject, especially when it comes to those at the top of the pay scale. Fortunately, transparency goes a long way and you have multiple resources for researching current...
  • Red Pill/Blue Pill: Effective Data Driven Decision Making
    On Saturday, June 2, 2018, me and my fellow ArtsHacker, Ceci Dadisman, enjoyed an opportunity to present a session titled Red Pill/Blue Pill: Effective Data Driven Decision Making to the 37th Annual Association of Arts Administration Educators Confer...

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  • Garsington AGAIN!
    © Johan Persson Miah Persson as the Countess in Capriccio I finally caught up with Garsington's sublime production of Capriccio on Wednesday evening, with everyone fit and well and superbly polished and inglorious voice. At the centre of the fine...
  • Back to Garsington
    © Clive Barda Henry Waddington in the title role in Garsington's Falstaff After a week in Montreal and five days in Suffolk I was delighted to get to Garsington on Monday for the new Falstaff which had opened 48 hours...

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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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