Creative Careers Episode 29: David Taylor, Founder of the Yorkshire Young Sinfonia

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This episode features the story of a conservatory-trained cellist who discovered a passion for filling a need in his community and becoming an entrepreneurial musician.  

Get to know David Taylor, who shares his journey starting the Yorkshire Young Sinfonia, a youth orchestra in Northern England with the purpose of "creating the musicians of tomorrow, providing a springboard to a career in the arts, and stimulating the arts in Yorkshire.”   David shares about how he got the idea to start this program, the challenges of being an entrepreneur, and how new ideas and technology can build audiences for classical music.

Creative Careers Episode 28: Alex Blake, Conductor

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What does it take to start a professional performing ensemble? How does an individual artist develop an organization that profoundly impacts their community?

In this episode, Jennifer speaks with Alex Blake, conductor and founder of Tonality, a professional choir in Los Angeles that aspires to “bring arts and culture to all members of the human family in the spirit of forging unity and compassion through song.”

Alex shares his journey, describing how he started Tonality, why this work is so important to him, and how crucial his community has been in the development of Tonality. You will learn how Alex overcame the financial challenges of starting a professional ensemble, find out how Alex learned to delegate, and discover Alex’s method for finding the support he needs.

This episode features Tonality performing “True Colors” arranged by Saunder Choi and “Silence My Soul” by Francisco Feliciano.

 

Creative Careers Episode 27: Daniel Ho, Recording Artist, Producer, and Instrument Designer

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Have you ever wanted to teach yourself a new instrument or musical skill but you’re not sure if it’s worth the effort?

In this episode, Jennifer is joined by Daniel Ho, a Grammy Award winning recording artist, producer, and instrument designer. As a self-taught multi-instrumentalist, Daniel discovered that by learning new skills, he could control the music creation and production process from beginning to end. He shares why he thinks that’s so valuable and what it’s like to work in a wide range of genres.

You will discover how Daniel “learned how to learn”, his unique approach to composition and the production process, and why he chose to become a generalist with numerous skills instead of a virtuoso specialist. Plus, Daniel shares his top advice for creating a thriving career in the arts.

This episode features “Na Pana Elua” from Daniel’s album entitled Aukahi and “Soaring on Dreams” from Daniel Ho and Tak Matsumoto’s recent album Electric Island, Acoustic Sea.

Creative Careers Episode 26: Julia Adolphe, Composer

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What does it look like to be a professional composer?

Today on the show Kelly has an in-depth conversation with composer Julia Adolphe on her journey to becoming a full time composer. Julia did not study classical music until college, but quickly realized that classical music was her destiny. Now she lives in Los Angeles and is completing a DMA degree at USC.

You will learn about how to set up a website for composers, how a student in the Cornell Prison Education Program left an impact that still affects her mindset today, and what it’s like to work with the New York Philharmonic.

This episode features "Veil of Leaves" by the Serafin String Quartet and "Unearth, Release," premiered by the NY Philharmonic, Jaap Van Zweden conducting and Cynthia Phelps on viola.

 

Creative Careers Episode 25: Steve Hackman, Conductor, Composer, Arranger, Producer, and Songwriter

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Do you love both pop and classical music but have always thought about the two genres as totally separate worlds?

Today’s guest has found a way to combine pop and classical music in a mashup format and has a fulfilling career swimming between both worlds. Steve Hackman is a conductor, composer, arranger, producer, and songwriter. After being on track to becoming one of the world’s next great conductors, Steve decided to leave the classical world for a short period to discover his true self.

You’ll hear about how Steve's experiences with The Other Guys college acapella group influenced his career, how to accept your journey’s twists and turns, and ideas for a new concert format.

This episode features “Artist’s Life (Part Two)” by Stereo Hideout.

 

Creative Careers Episode 24: Beth Morrison, Producer

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How do you take an idea and turn it into an opera and how long will it take?

Today on the show Beth Morrison gives us an overview of producing an opera starting with the original concept to opening night.

Beth Morrison is the founder and creative director of Beth Morrison Projects (BMP), an organization that identifies and supports the work of emerging and established composers and their multi-media collaborators through the commission, development, production and touring of their works, which take the form of music-theatre, opera-theatre, multi-media concert works and new forms waiting to be discovered.

Beth shares three thoughts a young producer should keep in mind, how she started BMP in her bedroom after moving to NYC and knowing no one, and her beliefs about partnerships.

You can learn more about Beth Morrison Projects at www.bethmorrisonprojects.org/

This episode features excerpts from:

“Tell the Way” 
Composed by NICO MUHLY for the BROOKLYN YOUTH CHORUS
Featuring NICO MUHLY | SAM AMIDON | BRYCE DESSENER | BISHI
Presented by St. Ann's Warehouse & the Brooklyn Youth Chorus | Co-produced by BMP

“Anatomy Theater”
music by DAVID LANG | libretto by MARK DION AND DAVID LANG
directed by BOB McGRATH | conducted by CHRISTOPHER ROUNTREE
scenic design by MARK DION | production by RIDGE THEATER
lighting design by CHRIS KUHL | costumes by ALIXA GAGE ENGLUND
video design by BILL MORRISON | projection design by LAURIE OLINDER

 

Creative Careers Episode 23: Elaine Martone, Recording Producer

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Have you been thinking about making your first record?

Kelly travelled to Ojai, CA to have a conversation with 5-time Grammy-Award winning producer and 2017 Ojai Music Festival Producer Elaine Martone.

At Telarc as Executive Vice President of Production, Elaine built the finest audio production team in the industry, garnering praise for excellence in all major audio publications.

In recent years she has transitioned to freelance life under her own company, Sonarc Music, producing live events including the Ojai Music Festival, eighth blackbird’s Creative Lab, and Spring for Music.

You will learn what it means to be a record producer, how she serves and establishes trust with an artist to get the best possible recording, and what she looks for in an artist.

Elaine shares her story about loosing Telarc Records after the rise of free sharing and the 2008 economic crash and how she handled the biggest career transition of her life.

This episode features "Great Day!" by The Tierney Sutton Band and "Requiem, Op. 5: Lacrymosa" by Hector Berlioz featuring Robert Spano, The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and Frank Lopardo.

 

Creative Careers Episode 22: Chad Goodman, Conductor and Trumpeter

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“It wasn’t in the plan!” Have you ever had this moment in your career?

At the age of 13 Chad Goodman had a clear vision for becoming a professional trumpet player. After attending the Eastman School of Music for trumpet performance and moving to San Francisco to continue his education, he bumped into an old colleague in the hallway that threw a wrench in his life’s plan.

The acquaintance was wind ensemble conductor Martin Seggelke, who offered to teach him conducting lessons and the position as assistant conductor. Chad was naturally drawn to conducting and went on to found the San Francisco based Elevate Ensemble.

In this episode you’ll learn what you should not include in a teaching biography, how Elevate Ensemble came to be featured in Forbes, and why talking to EVERYBODY is so important.

Chad Goodman - www.chadgoodmanmusic.com
Elevate Ensemble - elevateensemble.com

This episode features “bethlehem” written by Danny Clay and performed by Elevate Ensemble.

 

Creative Careers Episode 21: International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)

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Have you been dreaming about a crazy concert idea and are wondering what it takes to make it possible?

Today on the show Kelly is joined by three members of the International Contemporary Ensemble, universally known as ICE, in this two part interview.

Ross Karre, Joshua Rubin, and Dan Lippel give us insight on ICE’s growth, especially in the last five years, from presenting 40 concerts a year to 150 events a year. You’ll get tips on collaborating, hear about how a simple idea to record concerts has become one of the largest digital libraries of contemporary music, and learn the core value of all of ICE’s projects.

You can find out more about International Contemporary Ensemble at iceorg.org/

This episode features "Shadowgraph, 5 (Live)" written by George E. Lewis and "Ad Cor: No. 4, Wound - Joy - I Laugh at You" by Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen and performed by Ross Karre, The Crossing, International Contemporary Ensemble & Donald Nally.

 

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.