For the fourth day in a row you wake-up at 5:30 in the morning. You crawl out of bed after five hours of sleep and chug some coffee, all in the pursuit of finding the ever-elusive practice room. You practice for two hours – a solid two hours, every minute filled with intense, mentally draining […]Read more "Variations on the Auditioning Process"
The Chicago Youth in Music Festival has begun! In the past two weeks, the fellows have devoted most of our time to working with wonderful young musicians. We continued performing our arrangement of Don Quixote in Chicago schools and we attended the CSO School Concert of Don Quixote at Symphony Center. We also began our […]Read more "A Fellow’s Reflection: January 30 – February 14"
Like so many others, I practiced my way through two music degrees with the hopes and expectations that if I tried hard enough, I would be rewarded with a job in an orchestra. Simple, right? By the end of my masters, tired of being in school and unwilling to accumulate any more debt, I suddenly […]Read more "A gig economy: Explaining the business of freelancing artistry"