7/29: Commissioning and Collaboration Etiquette

What should composers and musical artists do (and definitely not do) when working on commissions or collaborations? Hosted by Anthony Sanchez

5/27: Where is the Line Between Healthy and Unhealthy Competition in Music?

Where does healthy, productive competition become unhealthy and counterproductive? Hosted by Mark Connor.

4/29: Identifying Influence

How clearly can we articulate to ourselves what inspires us and how it shows up in our work as musicians? How do we negotiate between new influences and our previously “established” voice? What can we gain from tracing past influences? Hosted by composer & student Cullyn Murphy.

3/25: (New) Music Education

For New Music to thrive, we need an educated and enthusiastic audience. Let’s explore how we can cultivate that audience in K-12 music classrooms and undergraduate teacher training programs. Hosted by music educator Aaron Given.

2/25: Community Engaged Learning

How we engage the communities around us, how we experiment with different formats before, during, and after concerts, and how that affects the way we present new music. Hosted by Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti.

1/28: 2018 – A New Year with New Failures

Get up-close and personal about music career failures, and how we can be more resilient for when the next one happens. Hosted by Rachel Hacker.

12/17: Notation

A discussion about how to notate extended techniques, improvisations, and if/when over- or under-notating is useful. Hosted by John Huenemann.

11/19: Gender Diversity in New Opera

Exploring how we can expand the gender diversity represented in new operatic works and how we can rethink casting of established works in the 21st century. Hosted by Aiden Kim Feltkamp.

10/22: Building Careers with a Bachelor’s Degree

What impression does holding a bachelor’s degree give potential collaborators, and what limitations are present when building a career? Hosted by Tony Manfredonia.

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8/27: New Music Radio

Is it possible to run a successful, financially viable, new music radio program/station with ample listenership? Hosted by Chrysanthe Tan.

7/30: The Still Point & Silence

Before we can understand an artist’s work, thoughts, creative aesthetic, artistic merit, and so forth, we must learn and understand his/her personnel background and their gestation… Hosted by Ryan Keebaugh.

6/25: The Art of Self Promotion!

What are the most effective and efficient ways to promote yourself and your performances? How do you get audiences into the seats? Where is the line between adequate promotion and spamming? Hosted by Jennifer Reason.

Summer Schedule 2017: New hosting dates open!

Hi all! We’re slowing the #musochat schedule over the summer. Chats will take place the last Sunday of each month: June 25, July 30, and August 27. Sign up here…

5/12: On Support (IRL workshop at New Music Gathering)

Join Musochat at New Music Gathering for an in-person #musochat on the subject of support. Hosted by the Musochat leadership squad.

5/7: Historically Informed Performances

Can historically accurate performance practice improve or enhance musical presentation to new and regular audiences? Hosted by Joseph Svendsen.

4/30: Technology in Music Education

How has technology changed the way music teachers interact with students? Can it? Hosted by Shaya Lyon.

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4/23: Starting from Scratch

A dive into the process of building momentum for new music from what seems like nothing, with the hope that everyone will teach each other a few strategies for identifying critical local resources and potential institutional partners. Hosted by Garrett Schumann.

4/16: Easter Break

No chat this week. See you on the 23rd!

4/9: Understanding Copyright and Licensing

Let’s discuss how we register works, obtain licenses for recording, protect what we’ve created, and the permissions we need to perform work written by someone else. Hosted by Ian Ring.

4/2: New Music as Arts Diplomacy

How can new music be used as a vehicle for arts diplomacy; locally, domestically and internationally? Hosted by Josh Armenta.

3/26: Prioritizing

How do we prioritize in our work? As musicians, sometimes there are a lot of small tasks or projects that eventually lead to a big payoff. Sometimes projects stall. How do we decide how to best direct our limited resource: time? Hosted by Tammy Evans Yonce.

3/19: Refuelling: Ethics in cultural sponsorship

How do we perpetuate our projects in austerity conditions? Hosted by Kelly Lovelady.

3/12: Extended Techniques

A discussion about the usage and trend of extended techniques. Are they necessary and if so, what guidelines should be considered when using them? Hosted by Cassandra Venaglia.

3/5: Let’s Get Uncomfortable: Trying New Things

Trying new things can be intimidating, yet crucial to our personal and artistic growth. When was the last time you tried something new? How did it go? Is trying new things a regular part of your routine, or something that doesn’t happen very often? Hosted by Hillary LaBonte.

2/26: Incorporating Feedback

Every time we perform, share a new piece, or even simply live our lives, we open the doors to critique. How can we suss out helpful advice from unhelpful advice? What are some of the best ways to incorporate (or ignore) criticism? Hosted by Chrysanthe Tan.

2/19: House Concerts

There’s no better way to perform and connect with your own personal music community than intimate house concerts. We will discuss ideas for producing, promoting, and performing house concerts. Hosted by Arthur Breur.

2/12: Audience Development in the Digital Space

Can we make meaningful connections with listeners entirely in the digital space? Can musicians learn meaningfully from each other about audience development strategies online? What barriers stand in the way? What tools are available? Hosted by Shaya Lyon.

2/5: The Rehearsal Process: Techniques, Challenges, and the Culture of Collaboration

How we interact, structure our time, problem-solve, and the degree to which we allow ourselves to be vulnerable with one another can determine not only the outcome of our performances, but also our personal experience of music-making and even the trajectory of our careers. Hosted by Ann Moss.

1/29: Can New Music be a Strategy for Placemaking?

Discussing sustainable placemaking strategies with regards to music and performing arts. Focused on low income and underprivileged communities. Hosted by Matt Kribs.

1/22: Building a Staircase: Creating Access to New Music

Any discussion of “relevance” and new music has to begin with this: How does the audience find us? Can they afford us? Do they come equipped to listen? What’s our responsibility – in programming, performing, teaching, and composing – when it comes to making new music accessible to new listeners and new communities? Hosted by Greg Simon.