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.

1/15: Time is of the Essence

From teaching to performing, or even those of us who work day jobs unrelated to music, income is often made through various sources for musicians. How do we as performers, composers, directors, etc., find the time to do practice what we excel at most? Hosted by Tony Manfredonia.

1/8: On Listening

How do you listen? These days, we’re all very focused on how to be successful in the new internet economy – and we should be. However, if we know more about a composer’s career than we do about their music, then we’re out of balance. In this conversation, we’ll talk about the art of listening, the importance of it, and the support of fellow musicians and composers. Hosted by Anthony Joseph Lanman.

12/18: Art is Business

Discussing our business habits as performers, composers, and creators. What business skills do we have, need, recommend? What “traditional” business resources should we know about and take advantage of as people in the creation business? Hosted by Arthur Breur.

12/11: Gender Equity in the Classical Music World

In many other areas of classical music, notably conducting and composing, women remain in the minority in concert halls, textbooks, radio shows, and on university faculty rosters. In this discussion, all are welcome to share their experiences within the classical music world, academia, and related spheres as they relate to issues of gender and intersectionality – with a positive focus on practical solutions. Hosted by Elisabeth Blair.

12/4: Exploring Your Musical & Artistic Inspirations

What influences each artist’s own journey of growth, development, discovery, and creative output? Hosted by Wesley Ferreira.

11/20: Musochat Grab Bag

Come for the surprise, stay for the discussion. Questions from across the Musochat community. Hosted by the musochat team.

11/13: Wearing Many Hats – The balancing act of being a 21st-century musician

Overwhelmed with juggling all the different aspects of life and career? This musochat will explore how we all manage and cope in our busy lives and in this culture of the pressure to be busy all the time. Hosted by pianist Eunbi Kim.

11/6: Music and Visual Media: Crutch or Collaboration?

Technology has made it easier than ever for musicians to experiment with adding visual elements to their pieces. But does this spell an end to abstract listening? Hosted by J.M. Gerraughty.

10/30: Applying for Things: Grants, fellowships, residencies, and the rest of it

How do you find the opportunities? How do you pick which ones to apply for? How do you minimize the time you spend applying, and how do you know what to submit? Hosted by Kevin Clark.

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.