10/23: Adding Value

How can we add value to our performances, compositions, and interactions? Hosted by Garrett Hope.


10/16: Finding New Listeners

While many of us promote new music by appealing to lovers of traditional classical music, this #musochat will discuss strategies of inviting all types of listeners into the mix. Hosted by Elliott Grabill.

10/9: Money Transparency

Archaic business practices tell us not to discuss others wages and salaries. In the music business, it is important to know the going rates, get the money talk out of the way, and be ready to negotiate for what your time is worth. Let’s get comfortable talking about the details of our business. Hosted by @Adam Schumaker.


10/2: Entrepreneurship, the Academy, and Music

A discussion about business and entrepreneurship in music schools. Hosted by Gahlord Dewald.


9/25: Versatility and Change in a Musical Career

In a world where there is more opportunity than ever, even the traditional careers in music require an astonishing amount of versatility. Hosted by Mark Connor.


9/18: Previews, Reviews, and Media Coverage

How can writers focus their efforts to have the most impact for artists? Hosted by Shaya Lyon.


9/11: Work/Life Balance

How do we achieve more balance between the needs on all sides? What do we frequently give up – what is often the sacrifice? Can we cover all bases without wearing ourselves thin enough to snap? Hosted by Griffin Candey.

8/28: Opera in the 21st Century

How is the model changing for opera, and how can we make the art form more accessible? Hosted by Kim Feltkamp.

8/21: Humor in Music

Humor is a punderful thing, especially in music. What strikes your funny bone? What left you rolling on the floor laughing after a rehearsal? Let’s take some time to relive what makes us laugh in music and share the joy it can bring. Hosted by Sam Melnick & David Falterman.


8/14: Making Connections

How did you get that first gig? How did you set up your first festival? I want to know, and I’m going to try and figure it out in 10 questions. Hosted by @jkmbassoon.


8/7: Musicians and Mental Illness

Bringing together musicians who struggle with mental illness – and those dear to them – to share our stories, where we think it all began, our low points, and our sources of light, including all of the ways in which we cope. Hosted by @mirandageorge.

7/31: Creativity

About the creative spirit and musicians who express creativity through multiple outlets; about the social stigma of how being a creative is not a worthwhile occupation. Hosted by @AngelinaPanozzo.


7/24: Musochat 1-year Anniversary Chat

At our 1-year mark, the Musochat leadership is taking a look at Musochat in the past, present, and future. What has Musochat meant to you? What would you like to see more of? Less of? All this and more… Hosted by @musochat.

7/17: Programming

What considerations do you make when putting together a program? Hosted by @ursulasahagian.


7/10: Untangling Money Knots

Money is a taboo subject in our culture, and is often particularly hard to deal with for creative types. Let’s untangle some money knots. Hosted by @arthurbreur.


7/3: Where Performance Meets Pedagogy

What if we discussed teaching new music as thoroughly as we discuss performing/promoting it? Hosted by @QuirkyViolinist.


6/26: What Exactly is ‘Classical’ Anyway?

There’s been a bit of debate this year about the term “classical music” and its limitations. What exactly is “classical music”? And how far does it go into the past and into the present? Hosted by @dsaylorcomposer.


6/19: New Music Festivals

What works well, what doesn’t work, and how can competitions and new music festivals support the larger community? Hosted by @mezzoihnen, @gibsonmara, and @mhall_viola.


6/12: What Would You Make?

The things we actually create are limited by all kinds of things (money, time, resources, location). What are the “dream projects” of today’s composers and performers? Could social media be a force for accomplishing some of these things? Hosted by @riotens.


6/5: Support

What are the ways in which we can support each other? Where do you find your own support? Where aren’t you finding support? What are you hoping NMG will cover surrounding this topic? Hosted by @newmusgathering.


5/29: Limits & Boundaries of Notation

Many composers of the past century have been pushing limits with graphic notation, video notation, or other new ideas. In what ways is this powerful and exploratory, for performers, composers, and audiences? In what ways is it limiting and diminishing, for the same groups? What’s the next step? Hosted by @AlanUhler.


5/22: Social Media Marketing for Performers

Many classical performers are on social media. This chat is all about deciding what the role of social media is for performers from a marketing standpoint, and how it might help performers and performance venues to find new audiences for our work. Hosted by @Operaversity.

5/15: The Open Work: Artistic accessibility & what we mean when we talk about it

What do we mean when we talk about the accessibility of a work? What do we perceive it to mean when others use it? Are there more precise words we could use? Is “accessibility” a useful metric in any way, or should we aim to retire it? Hosted by @sbassoon.


5/8: How Shame, Secrets, and Hang-Ups Affect Our Art

Even the most confident and accomplished musician has hangups and experiences shame from time to time. These things can sometimes hinder our work. Perhaps when utilized a certain way, they can also help our work? Hosted by @chrysanthetan.

5/1: What Is This? Genres & Labels

What are genres? Why does it matter? SHOULD it matter? I always think about this, and I want to know what others think! I’ve got so much to ask. Hosted by @samelnicomposer.


4/24: Grad School

I’ve been kicking around the idea of doing grad school. I have lots of questions around that. Hosted by @gahlord.


4/17: Identity as Part of the Creative Process

How has your identity/self-labeling affected your work as an artist? Has identity been your greatest tool in your creativity? Has it been a hindrance due to insecurities in identity? Hosted by @RossCrean.

4/10: Creating the True Fan

How do we best create understanding and inspire devotion in those we’d like to be listening to what we do before, during, and after they experience new music? Hosted by @katiekellert.


4/3: Doing Our Work: Ritual, Routine, Results

Under which conditions do we do our best work? Can establishing a routine help us beat self-sabotage? We will discuss creating positive environments and seek inspiring suggestions for how we do our work. Hosted by @hroadfeldt.


3/20: Self-Care and Musicians

How do we handle it when we’re injured? How about when we’re burnt out? Share ideas for tough times. Hosted by @wesflinn.