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.
How is the model changing for opera, and how can we make the art form more accessible? Hosted by Kim Feltkamp.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What considerations do you make when putting together a program? Hosted by @ursulasahagian.
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.
What if we discussed teaching new music as thoroughly as we discuss performing/promoting it? Hosted by @QuirkyViolinist.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I’ve been kicking around the idea of doing grad school. I have lots of questions around that. Hosted by @gahlord.
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.
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.
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.
How do we handle it when we’re injured? How about when we’re burnt out? Share ideas for tough times. Hosted by @wesflinn.
How can new music creators and advocates engage respectfully with public school music programs, and how much should we engage? Hosted by @ursulasahagian.
We’ll explore and identify the needs and wants from performers and composers in the area of commissioning new music, with the aim to guide us into creating fruitful collaborations where everybody wins. Hosted by @eunbikimpiano.
A calm, supportive, useful group of questions about diversity in New Music that hopefully will generate some things we can do to add more experiences to our collective voice. Hosted by @gahlord.
Discussing our experience with and awareness of resistance, how we combat it and triumph over it. Hosted by @arthurbreur.
We’ve all probably heard it at some point: “Radio is dying.” How is radio thriving (or is it?) in the terrestrial and digital mediums? What is the role of new music in that arena? What would you like to see and hear on the platforms you’re using? How can radio better serve you? Hosted by Maggie Stapleton, manager of Second Inversion/Classical KING FM 98.1 (@secondinversion).
Since we’re all looking for our next gig, can we use musochat to form the connections to make some concrete art? Hosted by Jennifer Peterson (@gaspsiagore).