Past musochats:

  • August 19, 2018
    The Intersection of Wellness and Creativity
    Wellness and creativity are both challenging to sustain, but they are really interdependent on each other. Let’s explore the ways that they interact, and the habits and routines that support them. Hosted by pianist/composer Rebecca Hass (@rebeccahasspno)
  • July 29, 2018
    Commissioning and Collaboration Etiquette
    What should composers and musical artists do (and definitely not do) when working on commissions or collaborations? Hosted by composer/musicologist/pianist Anthony Sanchez (@Impromptu1988)
  • June 24, 2018
    Composing & Curating Music for Amateur Performers
    Writing music for amateur performers is one possible way to broaden the audience for contemporary music. Rehearsing and workshopping new pieces with amateurs educates those without conservatory experience about new music, and concerts put on by community groups often have free or low-cost admission which can be more inviting to concertgoers with low incomes. Let’s discuss the ways in which new music can be made accessible to amateur performers and diverse audiences and the possible benefits of doing so. Hosted by violist, teacher, & composer Sakari Dixon Vanderveer (@SakariDixon)
  • April 29, 2018
    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 (@CullynMurphy)
  • May 27, 2018
    Where is the Line Between Healthy and Unhealthy Competition in Music?
    Young musicians in the United States test for chairs, audition for honor ensembles, get rated by judges, and produce elaborate spectacles of the marching arts to name just a few types of competition. Where is the line? Where does healthy, productive competition become unhealthy and counterproductive? Hosted by composer/college professor Mark Connor (@markjconnor)
  • March 25, 2018
    (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 (@aaronjgiven)
  • February 25, 2018
    Community Engaged Learning
    Uncommon Ensemble, the Contemporary Music Ensemble at University of Northern Colorado, was recently granted Community Engaged Learning designation as a course. In this Musochat, I’d like to ask members of contemporary music ensembles to talk about how they engage the communities around them, how they experiment with different formats before, during, and after concerts, and how that affects the way they present new music. Hosted by Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti (@annezilotti
  • January 28, 2018
    2018: A New Year with New Failures
    We’re gonna get up-close and personal about music career failures, and how we can be more resilient for when the next one happens. Topics include sharing coping mechanisms and personal stories, and addressing how to be less hard on ourselves or overly negative. Hosted by Rachel Hacker (@asapflutey)
  • Notation
    Dec. 17, 2017 – John Huenemann (@jbhuenemann) – I’d like to ask the community some questions about notation practices, e.g. how to notate extended techniques, improvisations, and if/when over- or under-notating is useful. I’d also like to invite input from performers, in order to see examples of how scores and parts are translated.
  • Gender Diversity in New Opera
    Nov. 19, 2017 – Aiden Kim Feltkamp (@cherubino88) – 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.
  • Building Careers with a Bachelor’s Degree
    October 22, 2017 – Tony Manfredonia (@amanfr01) – Musicianship — at its core — comes down to dedication, devotion, and discipline. Yet, there’s a certain expectation to pursue a graduate degree for composers, performers, and everyone in between. If holding strictly a bachelor’s degree, what impression does that give potential collaborators, and what limitations are present when building a career?
  • New Music Radio
    August 27, 2017 – Chrysanthe Tan (@chrysanthetan) – New music is alive and thriving. We have concerts, workshops, gatherings, and even radio stations devoted to promoting newer works. But is it TRULY possible to run a successful, financially viable, new music radio program/station with ample listenership? How can we maximize our impact in the radio sphere and get people excited to tune into new music?
  • The Still Point and Silence
    July 30, 2017 – Ryan Keebaugh (@ryankeebaugh) – 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. What makes them tick? Why does he/she work this way? What is their creative/rehearsal approach? And, what are their feelings towards the compositional/performance craft?
  • The Art of Self Promotion!
    June 25, 2017 – Jennifer Reason (@JenMReason) – 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?
  • On Support
    May 14, 2017 at 10am EST – Musochat (@musochat) – Special edition live from Bowling Green, Ohio!
  • Historically Informed Performances
    May 7, 2017 – Joseph Svendsen (@josephsvendsen) – As new musical scholarship becomes globally connected and available, performers, conductors, and ensembles must consider if historically accurate performance practice can improve or enhance their musical presentation to new and regular audiences.
  • Education and Technology
    April 30, 2017 – Shaya Lyon (@pickleshy) –  How has technology changed the way music teachers interact with students?
  • Starting from Scratch
    April 23, 2017 – Garrett Schumann (@aepexcp) – Conductor Kevin Fitzgerald and Composer Garrett Schumann started ÆPEX from scratch in 2015, and, since then, have put on 12 concerts and community music events across Michigan. This chat will 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.
  • April 16, 2017 – Easter Sunday, no chat!
  • Understanding Copyright and Licensing
    April 9, 2017 – Ian Ring (@ianring) – Let’s talk about copyright, licensing, and the legal protection of creative things. I’m not an expert about copyright and I’m not a lawyer, but 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.
  • New Music as Arts Diplomacy
    April 2, 2017 – Josh Armenta (@Josharmenta) – How can new music be used as a vehicle for arts diplomacy; locally, domestically and internationally?
  • Prioritizing
    March 26, 2017 – Tammy Evans Yonce (@TammyEvansYonce) – 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?
  • Refuelling: Ethics in cultural sponsorship
    March 19, 2017 – Kelly Lovelady (@KellyLovelady) – How do we perpetuate our projects in austerity conditions? Should we dull our originality and politics to attract commercial branding and government grants? Fossil fuel companies are buying into our performance venues to bury their social and environmental crimes. Can the uprising towards an oil-free cultural sector start with us: the artists?
  • Extended Techniques
    March 12, 2017 – Cassandra Venaglia (@VenagliaC) – A discussion about the usage and trend of extended techniques. Are they necessary and if so, what guidelines should be considered when using them?
  • Let’s Get Uncomfortable: Trying New Things
    March 5, 2017 – Hillary LaBonte (@surrendertofun) – 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?
  • Incorporating Feedback
    February 26, 2017 – Chrysanthe Tan (@chrysanthetan) – Every time we perform, share a new piece, or even simply live our lives, we open the doors to critique. This can come from mentors, teachers, audience, friends, parents, or even ourselves. Critique can be transformative, helpful, meh, or just plain destructive. How can we suss out helpful advice from unhelpful advice? What are some of the best ways to incorporate (or ignore) criticism?
  • House Concerts
    February 19, 2017 – Arthur Breur (@arthurbreur) – 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.
  • Audience Development in the Digital Space
    February 12, 2017 – Shaya Lyon (@pickleshy) – 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?
  • The Rehearsal Process: Techniques, Challenges, and the Culture of Collaboration
    February 5, 2017 – Ann Moss (@AnnMossSoprano) – Musicians spend a majority of our art-making time in rehearsal. For performers and composers alike, the rehearsal process is a voyage we take to get ourselves from page to performance. 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. I’d love to hear about how you approach the rehearsal process, what you’ve learned from preparing music with others, how you have dealt with challenges, and what you think is special about our unique work environment.
  • Can New Music be a Strategy for Placemaking?
    January 29, 2017 – Matt Kribs (@conductorsbaton) – Discussing sustainable placemaking strategies with regards to music and performing arts. Focused on low income and underprivileged communities.
  • Building a Staircase: Creating Access to New Music
    January 22, 2017 – Greg Simon (@gregsimonmusic) – 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? This chat will discuss how performers, composers, and teachers can and should use their resources to help others gain access to new music.
  • Time is of the Essence
    January 15, 2017 – Tony Manfredonia (@amanfr01) – 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? With so many obligations in our lives (social, professional, health-related, appointments…), how do we schedule our day-to-day routine to effectively improve ourselves as musicians without letting others down? How do we make the most of our time that we *do* have dedicated to our craft?
  • On Listening
    January 8, 2017 – Anthony Joseph Lanman (@anthonylanman) – How do you listen? This might seem simplistic, but it’s an important question. 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.
  • New Year’s Day, no chat
    January 1, 2017
  • Christmas Day, no chat
    December 25, 2016
  • Gender Equity in the Classical Music World
    December 11, 2016 – Elisabeth Blair (@ListentoLadies) – Over the last four decades, orchestras have made more frequent use of blind auditions, which have gone some way toward improving the representation of women instrumentalists in their ranks. In many other areas of classical music, however, notably conducting and composing, women remain very much in the minority, either in actual numbers or (more often) simply in representation – 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 – what we can each do to help change this situation.
  • Art is Business
    December 18, 2016  – Arthur Breur (@arthurbreur) – 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?
  • Exploring Your Musical & Artistic Inspirations
    December 4, 2016 – Wesley Ferreira (@Requinta) – Artists are regularly influenced and inspired by others… composers, performers, teachers, family, partners, etc. In this #musochat discussion, we will explore what influences each artist’s own journey of growth, development, discovery, and creative output.
  • Thanksgiving weekend, no chat
    November 27, 2016
  • Musochat Grab Bag
    November 20, 2016 – Hosted by team #musochat (@musochat) – Come for the surprise, stay for the discussion. Send us your questions!
  • Wearing Many Hats: The balancing act of being a 21st-century musician
    November 13, 2016 – Eunbi Kim (@EunbiKimPiano) – Overwhelmed with juggling all the different aspects of life and career? Let’s discuss how we all manage and cope in our busy lives and in this culture of the pressure to be busy all the time.
  • Music and Visual Media: Crutch or Collaboration?
    November 6, 2016 – J.M. Gerraughty (@jmgerraughty) – Technology has made it easier than ever for musicians to experiment with adding visual elements to their pieces. Often, visualizations can help novice audience members clear musical hurdles that they wouldn’t try to with the music alone. What’s more, the addition of visual elements add another expressive layer entirely, expanding the potential creative space past the boundaries of normal music. But does this spell an end to abstract listening? Are we condemning music to being a simple score for the visual goings on?
  • Adding Value
    October 23, 2016 – Garrett Hope (@composergarrett) – How can we add value to our performances, compositions, and interactions? Economists predict that as technology improves and digital (replicable) products, including recordings and scores, move ever closer to zero cost for the end user that value will be derived from non-replicable interactions. How can we be prepared for that near future? What does this mean for classical music? What implications will this have on how we present our music to the world?
  • Applying for Things: Grants, fellowships, residencies, and the rest of it 
    October 30, 2016 – Kevin Clark (@kevinefclark) – 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?
  • Finding New Listeners
    October 16, 2016 – Elliott Grabill (@ElliottVGrabill) – In the midst of mourning the shrinking number of classical music listeners, often times we forget that genres like baroque music differ as much with new music as country music differs from rap. 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.
  • Money Transparency
    October 9, 2016 – Adam Schumaker (@schumakera) – It is time to make yourself comfortable talking about money. 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 #musochat about what we make and get comfortable talking about the details of our business.
  • Entrepreneurship, the Academy, and Music
    October 2, 2016 – Gahlord Dewald (@gahlord)
  • Versatility and Change in a Musical Career
    September 25, 2016 – Mark Connor (@markjconnor) – There are few careers in music that begin and end the way we first dreamed. Being versatile and open to change is an essential ingredient for all musicians and is what is often described as “making your own luck.” In a world where there is more opportunity than ever, even the traditional careers in music require an astonishing amount of versatility. In this musochat we will share ideas for the types of skills modern musicians should possess, the mindset required to overcome obstacles, and suggestions for embracing change and recognizing opportunity.
  • Previews, Reviews, and Media Coverage
    September 18, 2016 – Shaya Lyon (@pickleshy) – How can writers focus their efforts to have the most impact for artists?
  • Work/Life Balance
    September 11, 2016 – Griffin Candey (@griffincandey) – A topic with which literally everyone grapples at some point to some degree. There’s that old chestnut – Work vs. Health vs. Relationships, Now Pick Two (or one of its many variations). 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?
  • Labor Day weekend, no chat
    September 4, 2016
  • Opera in the 21st Century
    August 28, 2016 – Kim Feltkamp (@cherubino88) – How is the model changing for opera, and how can we make the art form more accessible?
  • Humor in Music
    August 21, 2016 – Sam Melnick (@samelnicomposer) & David Falterman (@dahveednotdavid) – 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.
  • Making Connections
    August 14, 2016 – Jolene Masone (@jkmbassoon) – How did you get that first gig? How did you set up your first festival? What are those first vital steps to starting a new music group? I want to know, and I’m going to try and figure it out in 10 questions.
  • Musicians and Mental Illness
    August 7, 2016 – Miranda George (@mirandageorge) – There’s no way to ease into the description for this Musochat without making it sound like a Zoloft commercial. Trumpet player, singer, writer, and uncomfortable discussion enthusiast, Miranda George, will lead a discussion on (and bring together) musicians who struggle with mental illness. We will 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. This is not only going to be an important discussion for musicians who struggle with mental illness, but also for those who are friends, family members, teachers and fellow musicians. In order to encourage participation, those who wish to tweet anonymously, feel free to make a fake Twitter account for this. Let’s talk. Read more here.
  • Creativity
    July 31, 2016 – Angelina Panozzo (@AngelinaPanozzo) – The Creative spirit and musicians who express creativity through multiple outlets: crafting, art, photography; about the social stigma of how being a creative doesn’t make money so it’s not a worthwhile occupation.
  • Musochat 1-year Anniversary Chat
    July 24, 2016 – Team Musochat (@musochat) – 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…
  • Programming
    July 17, 2016 – Ursula Sahagian (@ursulasahagian) – What considerations do you make when putting together a program?
  • Untangling Money Knots
    July 10, 2016 – Arthur Breur (@arthurbreur) – 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. (This talk will utilize concepts and ideas from money coach Shell Tain:
  • Where Performance Meets Pedagogy
    July 3, 2016 – Catie Rinderknecht (@QuirkyViolinist) – Discussions about how to perform new music and assist our audiences in connecting with it seem to be quite commonplace. One piece of the discussion that seems to be missing is how to teach new music. What if we discussed teaching new music as thoroughly as we discuss performing/promoting it?
  • What Exactly is ‘Classical’ Anyway?
    June 26, 2016 – Daniel Saylor (@dsaylorcomposer) – There’s been a bit of debate this year about the term “classical music” and its limitations. Craig Havighurst over at suggested “composed music” as the new term to describe “works by a singular mind, fixed and promulgated in written form.” But what exactly is “classical music”? And how far does it go into the past and into the present?
  • New Music Festivals
    June 19, 2016 – Megan Ihnen (@mezzoihnen), Mara Gibson (@gibsonmara), Michael Hall (@mhall_viola)
  • What Would You Make?
    June 12, 2016 – Riot Ensemble (@riotens) – 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?
  • Support
    June 5, 2016 – Team New Music Gathering (@newmusgathering) – We’re planning ahead for #NMG2017 at Bowling Green State University (May 11-13, 2017) and would love to speak with the Twitter community about this year’s theme “Support.” To us, support means anything from financial, technological, pedagogical, emotional, and artist-to-artist support: the people, ideas, organizations, routes, and feelings we all lean on as we stretch ourselves through our musical adventures. 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?
  • Limits and Boundaries of Notation
    May 29, 2016 – Alan Uhler (@AlanUhler) – Our current system of notation comes from a centuries-long evolution, but deals with very basic concepts of time/fixed pitch/dynamic/articulation. 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? Do we need a sea change or progress? How much gold is left in the mine of traditional notation?
  • Social Media Marketing for Performers
    May 22, 2016 – Kristen Seikaly (@Operaversity) – 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.
  • The Open Work: Artistic accessibility and what we mean when we talk about it
    May 15, 2016 – Warren Enström (@sbassoon) – If one mentions “accessibility” in a conversation about new music, you’re guaranteed at least two reactions: eye-rolling from some, and cheers from others. Since the word has accumulated a large amount of baggage, we must interrogate 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?
  • How Shame, Secrets, & Hang-Ups Affect Our Art
    May 8, 2016 – Chrysanthe Tan (@chrysanthetan) – 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? I’d love to create a judgment-free space for us to share and bear witness to one another’s thoughts and feelings. Perhaps we have more in common than we think. Either way, I find that honest communication and expression often carve a path to more genuine art-making.
  • What Is This? Genres & Labels
    May 1, 2016 – Sam Melnick (@samelnicomposer) – 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.
  • Grad School
    April 24, 2016 – Gahlord Dewald (@patternroot/@gahlord) – I’ve been kicking around the idea of doing grad school. I have lots of questions around that.
  • Identity as Part of the Creative Process
    April 17, 2016 – Ross Crean (@RossCrean) – How has your identity/self-labeling affected your work as an artist? I’m interested in seeing in what ways musochat-ers have created or performed work based on how they identify. Has identity been their greatest tool in their creativity? Has it been a hindrance due to insecurities in identity? As a man in the LGBTQ community, as well as male-white privilege, it has been an ongoing struggle of what advantages and prejudices push my work.
  • Creating the True Fan
    April 10, 2016 – Katie Kellert (@katiekellert) – 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?
  • Doing Our Work: Ritual, Routine, Results
    April 3, 2016 – Holly Roadfeldt (@hroadfeldt) – Under which conditions do we do our best work? Can establishing a routine help us beat self-sabotage? This will likely be an extension of Arthur’s topic since I was thinking of the same source “The War of Art”! 🙂 I will focus my questions on creating positive environments and hopefully Musochatters will offer some inspiring suggestions for how they do their best work.
  • Easter Sunday – no musochat
    March 27, 2016
  • Self-Care and Musicians
    March 20, 2016 – Wes Flinn (@wesflinn) – How do we handle it when we’re injured? How about when we’re burnt out? Share ideas for tough times.
  • New Music in Public Schools
    March 13, 2016 – Ursula Sahagian (@ursulasahagian) – How can new music creators and advocates engage respectfully with public school music programs, and how much should we engage?
  • Commissioning New Music: Fruitful Collaborations between Performers & Composers
    March 6, 2016 – Eunbi Kim (@eunbikimpiano) – We’ll explore and identify the needs and wants from both performers and composers in the area of commissioning new music with the aim to guide us into creating fruitful collaborations where everybody wins. We’ll share ideas on how to create commissioning opportunities, work well with others, negotiate fees/contracts, and more.
  • Diversity vs the Stacked Deck
    February 28, 2016 – Gahlord Dewald (@patternroot/@gahlord)
  • Beating Resistance
    February 21, 2016 – Arthur Breur (@arthurbreur)
  • February 14, 2016 – Valentine’s Day – no chat… at least not here!
  • What can ‘Radio’ do for you?
    February 7, 2016 – Maggie Stapleton (@secondinversion)
  • Making It Happen
    January 31, 2016 – Jennifer Peterson (@gaspsiagore)
  • Composing for the Stage
    January 24, 2016 – Griffin Candey (@griffincandey)
  • What Makes You So Freaking Special?
    January 17, 2016 – Jolene Masone (@jkmbassoon)
  • Community and Community-Building
    January 10, 2016 – Team Musochat (@musochat)
  • Something Old, Something New
    January 3, 2016 – Peter Bregman (@p_bregman)
  • No musochat on December 27 (Christmas weekend) – chat IRL with friends, family and your airplane seat buddy. See you in 2016!
  • How Do We Define Success?
    December 20, 2015 – Andy Lee (@andyleedma)
  • What Can We Learn from Our Mistakes?
    December 13, 2015 – Daria Binkowski (@dariabinkowski)
  • No musochat on November 29 (Thanksgiving weekend) – chat IRL with friends, family, turkeys and your airplane seat buddy
  • On Opera
    December 6, 2015 – Jennifer Peterson (@gaspsiagore)