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  • Women Pioneers Among On-Stage Musicians
    Recently, I read an essay by Nancy Fako that recounted her experiences as one of the early women to win a position in the Boys Club brass sections of 1960 era large budget orchestras. It’s a great essay (something I hope will be published here ...
  • Show Of Hands: Who Hates Scheduling Meetings?
    Finding meeting times when only two attendees are involved is enough of a hassle but each person you add to the mix makes things exponentially more frustrating. Fortunately, there’s an app for that, it’s called Doodle. Granted, a doodle d...

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  • More Tales From The Crammed Conference Luncheon Table
    I have suspected it before, but now I really am convinced that Seth Godin is reading my mind. Right after I made my post about perceived value of conference professional development sessions last week, Godin posts a retrospective of past posts where ...
  • Diverse Faces In Spaces Does Not Equal Diversity
    You know I am a sucker for fun and interesting ideas for arts organization so I read Danielle Jackson’s recent piece on Artsy, Art Spaces Can Bridge Social Divides—But First You Need to Know Your Neighbor, with some interest. Jackson makes a ...

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  • Just Stop It With The “No, Because!”
    If you are in the arts business, especially orchestra business, chances are you have come across a moment or a meeting where you hear the words: “no, because.” There may have been a great idea, a creative way to do something, but the knee-jerk re...
  • 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...

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  • Progress Isn’t Linear
    Happy Labor Day, friends! I know, I know…many of us wonder if it really is a Happy Labor Day. Take for instance Janus v. AFSCME, the recent Supreme Court decision that allowed a public employee to forgo paying his union dues. Even though his wa...
  • Keeping our NEAttention
    There is so much competing for our attention right now. Breaking News after Breaking News, Click-Bait after Click-Bait… I don’t mean to add to the hysteria, but… Did you know the National Endowment for the Arts was at risk of a sign...

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  • How the Italian Double Bass Bow Hold Works
    Gabriele Ragghianti, the host for the 2018 European Bass Congress in Lucca and bass professor at the Royal College of Music in London, put out a fascinating video recently through D’Addario Orchestral all about the Italian double bass bow hold...
  • How I’m practicing music better using Modacity and forScore
    I’ve been a fan of incorporating digital tools into my practicing for years. The Old Days Back in the nineties, I would wander the halls of Northwestern University, lugging around a large duffel bag filled with a camcorder, metronome, tuner, MiniDi...

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  • Easy Meeting Scheduling With Doodle
    If I can put on my grumpy Gen-X arts admin hat for a moment, I have to say that the older I get, the less I enjoy trying new apps. Instead, finding something that works and sticking with it holds a lot of value. Having said that, when I do run across...
  • The Best Time To Send Email
    The one question I always get when I talk about email marketing at conferences or in workshops is, “When is the best day and time to send an email?” My answer is, inevitably, something about how there isn’t a definite answer for thi...

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  • Operalia 2018
    Photo: Jose Luis R. Cortes The winners line up for Operalia 2018 - left to right Josy Santos, Migran Agadzhanyan, Pavel Petrov, Benoît Falletti (Rolex), Luís Gomes, Plácido Domingo, Emily D'Angelo, Samantha Hankey, Rihab Chaieb and Arseny Yakovlev...
  • No, I have not disappeared!
    It has been a month of bliss, away from the blog as should be the case from time to time, especially during the summer holidays. These included a week in France and a week in Portugal with not a stage...

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  • 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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