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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.

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.