Creative Careers Episode 20: Hila Plitmann, Soprano

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If you feel like you don’t fit the “traditional” mold of a singer or instrumentalist, this episode is for you.

Soprano Hila Plitmann fell in love with musical theater as a young girl. She attended Juilliard and did all the things that young opera singers do like taking auditions and writing letters, but something didn't feel right about the traditional path. It wasn’t until she stripped the expectations of what an “opera singer” is supposed to be that she was able to take opportunities like premiering new works and singing on film sound tracks. Taking those risks led to a Grammy win and working with some of the world’s leading living composers and conductors.

You’ll hear a very personal account of what it felt like to work through the decision to take a risky opportunity and how Hila feels now about sharing her own songs with the world.

You can find out more about Hila at hilaplitmann.com.

This episode features "The Reckoning" written and performed by Hila Plitmann and "Goodnight Moon" written by Eric Whitacre.

Creative Careers Episode 19: Astrid Baumgardner, Career Coach

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Meet New York City-based career coach, Astrid Baumgardner. You’ll hear about how she uses research on happiness and emotional intelligence with her clients, as well as her duties as a board member and the trends she sees working with many 22- to 30-year-old freelancers.

As president of Astrid Baumgardner Coaching + Training, she coaches musicians, lawyers, and creatives on professional and personal development.

In addition, Astrid brings her experience as a lawyer, nonprofit executive and consultant, orchestra board chair, and career and life coach to her work at the Yale School of Music, where she teaches career entrepreneurship and serves as Coordinator of Career Strategies. She proudly serves on the boards of So Percussion, the American Composers Orchestra, and the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum Advisory Board.

You can find out more about Astrid and her career coaching services at www.astridbaumgardner.com.

This episode features Sō Percussion performing "Threads I. Prelude, X. Chorale Prelude" by Paul Lansky.

Creative Careers Episode 18: Bruce Adolphe, Composer

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Are you a multi-passionate musician? Have you ever wondered how you can incorporate passions outside of music into your work?

Bruce Adolphe is an accomplished composer, educator, performer, and author who has built relationships with neuroscientists, major presenting institutions, and a well-known radio network to share his own findings and insights on music with a broad audience. You’ll hear about what he learned working with Vincent Persichetti and Milton Babbitt during his time at Juilliard, and what he learned audiences want to hear after giving hundreds of pre-concert lectures for The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Bruce repeatedly comes back to one piece of advice that he has found to be universal for all artists at any stage of their career. Listen to find out what he has to say!

Bruce Adolphe - bruceadolphe.com/ 
USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute - dornsife.usc.edu/bci/
Piano Puzzlers - www.yourclassical.org/programs/perfo…/piano-puzzler

This episode features “Chopin Dreams: I. New York Nocturne” written by Bruce Adolphe and performed by Carlo Grante and “Einstein’s Light: Theme” written by Bruce Adolphe for the Nickolas Barris film Einstein’s Light performed by Marija Stroke and Joshua Bell.

Creative Careers Episode 17: Jean Davidson, President & CEO, Los Angeles Master Chorale

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What does it take to become the CEO of a major arts organization?

Just like becoming a successful performer, there is no one path to becoming a CEO. Jean Davidson, the President and CEO of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, joins Kelly to talk about a few of her big breaks early in her career. Her major achievements include helping Yo-Yo Ma run the Silk Road Ensemble in the early 2000s, leading the development of New York Live Arts with Bill T. Jones, and overseeing the rebranding of the LA Master Chorale.

Jean is extremely in-tune with happenings in the performing arts industry and in this episode you'll hear about projects and trends she is following, conversations with her mentors at turning points in her career, and advice on being a good leader.

This episode features “O Magnum Mysterium” by Morten Lauridsen and “The National Anthems: Our Land with Peace” by David Lang performed by the LA Master Chorale, Calder Quartet & Grant Gershon.

Creative Careers Episode 16: Kris Bowers, Jazz Pianist and Film Composer

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Have you ever wondered how young superstars achieve such fast success -- and how it will affect their career down the road?

Today on the show, Kelly talks with 28-year-old jazz pianist and film composer Kris Bowers. Kris has thrived at a very high level in both the jazz and film worlds, winning the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition in 2011 and writing the score for the upcoming Netflix series “Dear White People.” 

They discuss the differences in the New York and LA music scenes and how Kris has stayed honest and true to himself when writing music and picking projects. You’ll hear stories of being a fly on the wall in recording sessions with Kanye West and Jay Z, plus advice from Kobe Bryant that he takes to heart. 

The music on today’s show features Kris Bowers: “No Regrets” from the film “I AM GIANT: Victor Cruz."

Creative Careers Episode 15: Nicole Paiement, Conductor

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Women are beginning to take charge of the opera and orchestra worlds one podium at a time. Today’s guest is one of the incredible women who has made a name for herself in opera. 

Nicole Paiement has her own opera company, Opera Parallèle, and she is the first female to be appointed a Principal Guest Conductor of a major opera company. She teaches and leads at the Institute for Women Conductors and guest conducts all over the world. 

In today’s episode you'll hear about each of her big projects and find out how she manages to balance her busy schedule.

Creative Careers Episode 14: MaryClare Brzytwa, Executive Director, Technology & Applied Composition, SFCM

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Is your dream job a possibility?

MaryClare Brzytwa went from touring Europe as an electronic musician, producer and improviser to becoming an executive director and founder of a department at one of the top conservatories in the United States. She took deliberate steps in her career to learn new skills and try out different jobs and ended up with her dream job.

In this episode you will hear MaryClare's predictions about the future of streaming services, advice that she gives to her students, and how she coped with transitioning from being a full-time freelance musician to an administrator.

If you're curious to learn more about the San Francisco Conservatory of Music visit https://sfcm.edu. 

This episode features music by MaryClare Brzytwa: “intro_1” and “Flute Doom.” You can check out more of MaryClare's music at http://www.maryclarebrzytwa.com.

Creative Careers Episode 13: David Cooper, Future Principal Horn of the Berlin Philharmoniker

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If you want to know what it takes to win a principal position in the Berlin Philharmonic, today’s episode is for you.

Today on the show, Kelly talks with the future principal horn player of the Berlin Philharmonic, David Cooper. He won the position in December after the post has been vacant since 2010. 

You’ll hear David’s story of playing in the Michigan State Orchestra when he was in high school, his nail-biting story of auditioning for the Victoria Symphony, and why taking a year off from playing horn seriously was instrumental to his success. He shares the mottos that he lived by as he worked towards winning the most prestigious horn position in the world. Finally, find out who gave him the big news and his reaction!

This episode features David performing the Mozart and Strauss Horn Concertos.

Creative Careers Episode 12: Simon Rattle, Conductor

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If you are a fan of the Berlin Philharmonic and wonder about the future livelihood of orchestras, today’s episode is for you.

President and Co-Founder of iCadenza, Julia Torgovitskaya Rapoport, had the privilege of presenting Sir Simon Rattle with the 2016 Theodore Thomas Award on behalf of the Conductors Guild. They discuss Sir Simon’s upcoming move back to London and why orchestras need to serve their communities.

You’ll hear Sir Simon’s advice on connecting young audiences to classical music and the importance of being really good at your craft. And of course, you can look forward to Sir Simon’s British humor.

Thank you to the Conductors Guild for this opportunity. You can learn more about the Conductors Guild at conductorsguild.org.

This episode features Holst’s “The Planets, Op. 32: IV. Jupiter” performed by the Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.

Creative Careers Episode 11: Eric Whitacre, Composer, Conductor, Speaker

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We gave you these hints: choral composer, world speaker, technology, hair...

You guessed it! It's Grammy-winning American composer Eric Whitacre. He shares how his career progressed, including the turning points that elevated him to rockstar status.

He also spills rarely told stories from his early years, gives young musicians and composers advice on how to choose a music school, talks about the importance of authenticity, and reveals how to “use the whole buffalo.”

Creative Careers Episode 10: Benjamin Mitchell, Founder and President of Kaleidoscope

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If you have been on the path to win an orchestral position, but wonder what else you could do with your career, this episode is for you.

Today’s guest, Benjamin Mitchell, started his own orchestra in Los Angeles called Kaleidoscope three years ago after staying in school for over a decade to pursue a position as a clarinetist in a professional orchestra. After years of waiting to win an audition and watching many professional orchestras struggle, he built a career that includes performance, entrepreneurship, and wellness.

You’ll hear about how Kaleidoscope is different from your typical orchestra and how Ben is reinventing the experience of going to a concert. His work has earned him a spot on Musical America’s annual list of Top Innovators in the arts.

If you are interested in seeing the orchestra perform live or donating, you can visit www.kco.la.

This episode features “When We Forget” by Clint Needham, performed by Kaleidoscope.

Creative Careers Episode 9: Ensemble Del Niente

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If you dream about being part of a newsworthy and collaborative chamber music ensemble, this episode is for you.

Today on iCadenza's Creative Careers Podcast, host Kelly Kasle sits down with three members of Ensemble Dal Niente. You'll hear firsthand about the challenges they faced in their early years, the variety of work that members do outside of the ensemble, and what it was like to be a part of Chicago’s first-ever Ear Taxi Festival. 

You'll also get an inside peek at their rehearsal, plus hear about residency experiences with both elementary school kids and university students where young composers watch their pieces being played for the first time by a world-renowned group.

Be sure to listen if you want advice on how to start your own group and to get an overview of one ensemble’s road to success. 

This episode features music by Ensemble Dal Niente: "Assemblage" by George Lewis and "meltDown Upshot" from their latest album Balter/Saunier in collaboration with the band Deerhoof. 

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Host - Kelly Kasle
Producers - Pedal Note Media
Music by Ensemble Dal Niente: "Assemblage" by George Lewis and "meltDown Upshot" from their latest album Balter/Saunier in collaboration with the band Deerhoof. 
You can find out more about Ensemble Del Niente at http://www.dalniente.com/.

Creative Careers Episode 8: Chrysanthe Tan

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In this episode, host Kelly Kasle speaks with violinist, composer, and writer Chrysanthe Tan. They talk about how Chrysanthe overcame her insecurities about combining her interests and talents and how she has created a niche market for her work. She stresses to young musicians the importance of being yourself and how to make a social media plan that fits your personality and work. 

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Overcoming the awkward early years and finding clarity in her work
  • Weighing the pros and cons of touring with Ariana Grande for a year (and how she made her final decision)
  • Health tips for being on tour
  • Why looking beyond your musical genre or close circle for mentors can be more beneficial
  • How to become a Patreon artist (and if you even should)

Credits: 
Host - Kelly Kasle
Producers - Pedal Note Media
Music - Stories by Chrysanthe Tan: “Magic Lady” and “Between Stations” 
You can find out more about Chrysanthe Tan at http://www.chrysanthetan.com.

Creative Careers Episode 7: Sarah Robinson, Flutist and Author of "Clubbing for Classical Musicians"

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In this episode our new podcast host, Kelly Kasle, talks to rock star flutist Sarah Robinson. They discuss how Sarah's original goals changed over time because of life obstacles (like the 2008 Financial Crisis), as well as career challenges presented by the classical music industry. She stresses to young classical musicians the importance of expanding your concept of an entertaining show.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • How what it means to be a successful musician has changed over the past few years
  • The surprising way that Helix Collective went from having no audience in its early days to achieving successful tours
  • What it really means to be a versatile musician (and why so many musicians are getting it wrong)
  • The powerful benefits that playing in clubs can have on your career -- especially if you want to build a loyal audience

Creative Careers Episode 6: Greg Kastelman

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This episode features the VP of Cadenza Artists, Greg Kastelman. Greg talks about his own journey entering the performing artists industry and learning the ropes to becoming a successful agent. He also shares some valuable advice for musicians and performers who are self-managed.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Greg’s personal story about growing into a professional
  • The surprising reason why internal success is vital to team success
  • 3 lessons artists and managers can learn from rejection
  • The single most important thing you need for creativity to flourish
  • Three traits agents look for in authentic artists
  • The #1 thing you need to catch the attention of an agent
  • Why social media is so important for artists today

This episode features music by the Mexican jazz rock and world music band, Troker:

“Fijate que Suave” and “La Trampa.”

Creative Careers Episode 5: Jeffrey Schindler

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This month’s podcast features Jeffrey Schindler, a versatile conductor who has worked extensively on both the concert podium and the scoring stages of Hollywood. Jeff is a long-time iCadenza/Cadenza Artists client with whom we’ve always loved working. Last summer, we realized a long-time collaborative project - producing a live presentation of March of the Penguins with the Seattle Symphony [include link to blog post], which Jeff conducted.

Jeff’s film conducting credits include March of the Penguins, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse, Astroboy, Anchorman, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and countless others. On the concert stage, in addition to conducting the Seattle Symphony in a live presentation of March of the Penguins, he led the Tasmanian premier of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, and conducted London Symphony Orchestra in a recording of music by Alfonso Romero, among many others.

Here are some highlights from the episode:

  • The major differences between conducting for live concerts vs film
  • How the film music industry has changed - the challenges and opportunities
  • The many steps in the film musical production chain, from the composer’s concept to a finished film score
  • What instrumentalists need to understand and be able to do to thrive in the studio world
  • What it’s like to work on music for a major motion picture

Creative Careers Episode 4: Mona Golabek

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This month’s podcast is a very special one. Our guest is Mona Golabek, an extraordinary pianist and writer, who created and stars in the one-woman show, The Pianist of Willesden Lane. The Pianist of Willesden Lane has toured all over the US (and recently premiered in London) and tells the story of Mona’s mother Lisa, a young pianist whose parents put her on the kindertransport from Vienna to London so that she could be safe during World War II. Recently, it was announced that the BBC will be producing a feature film based on the play.

The Pianist of Willesden Lane is a beautiful, inspiring, and moving show that reaffirms the incredible value and importance of music in very clear and specific terms. But we’ve also been fascinated by Mona’s journey in creating this amazing piece, which was entirely driven by her determination to telling her mother’s story.

To get a glimpse of the story behind The Pianist of Willesden Lane and the impact it is having,

Check out this video trailer for the upcoming documentary about the making of the show.

Creative Careers Episode 3: David Bamberger

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This episode features an interview with David Bamberger, an acclaimed stage director. He is the Artistic Director at the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Opera Program, and was a founder of the Cleveland Opera, which he ran as General Director for 28 years.

I was interested to speak with David to learn about how he has navigated wearing both artistic and administrative “hats” during his many years in the business. Additionally, since David works closely with singers at the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music, I was curious to learn about how he approaches training singers to succeed on stage, both at the conservatory and beyond.

Here are some highlights from the interview:

  • David shares some stories and highlights from his experience running the Cleveland Opera
  • The process of teaching singers to “self-direct”
  • Use different physical spaces to help you switch mental contexts
  • Helpful advice for composers who want to write for opera/theater: Remember that on stage, music and drama always has to be moving forward. Also, music plays very differently on stage than it does in the concert hall. David suggests that composers work with a director earlier in their process so that they can avoid problems that often arise.

We hope you enjoy this interview!

Creative Careers Episode 2: Sam Bodkins of Groupmuse

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In this episode, Jennifer interviews Sam Bodkin, the visionary creator of Groupmuse, an online platform that makes it possible for anyone to hold a classical music concert in their home. Groupmuse has become a major movement that creates new forums for musicians and is achieving its goal of introducing people to classical music in a whole new way.

Creative Careers Episode 1: Julia Torgovitskaya

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Pedal Note Media is thrilled to announce the first episode of our latest podcast offering, iCadenza's Creative Careers Podcast!

This podcast explores what it means to be a creative professional in music, the arts, business, and more.

This episode features an interview with co-founder of iCadenza and CEO of Cadenza Artists, Julia Torgovitskaya. Julia shares about how she stays creative in her fast-paced job and her strategies for constantly improving and growing.