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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).
Writing for the voice & stage is tough, no doubt. How does one balance one’s voice with the needs of cast, crew, theater, and audience? How does one even break into this field? Hosted by Griffin Candey (@griffincandey).
We all have something to say, but how do you make it about you, without making it all about… you? Hosted by Jolene Masone (@jkmbassoon).
What do our communities need, and how can we provide it? Hosted by team @musochat.
How can we balance originality, palatability, and creative freedom in an era of over-saturation? Hosted by Peter Bregman (@p_bregman).
How much does capitalism influence how we define success? Hosted by Andy Lee (@andyleedma).
What can we glean from our forays into failure? Is there a split between the new music community and the traditional classical music community in their acceptance of mistakes, or aberrations in performance? How does this affect composition, performances, and career trajectory? Have mistakes lead to the discovery of a new technique or timbre? Do they make you a better teacher? Hosted by Daria Binkowski (@dariabinkowski).
Composing for the voice; tackling the large-scale; chamber opera; production; commission; inspiration; dramaturgy, collaboration. Hosted by Jennifer Peterson (@gaspsiagore).
If you trawl with a larger net, you’re going to pick up things that you didn’t know existed and didn’t know that you needed. Hosted by Griffin Candey (@griffincandey).
A discussion of the intersection between new technologies and our artistic practices. Hosted by @DrGTMarie.
Grants are something that artists across all disciplines wrestle with, and I also do it professionally. This week as I’ll primarily act as a resource for questions you may have, and perhaps get you thinking about aspects of the grant process you may not have previously considered. Hosted by @garrettshatzer.
How can we foster the environment of giving up our slice of the pie for others? Or better yet, how do we find happiness in others’ success? Hosted by @AleksSD.
As a listener, encountering new music for the first time can be enlightening, confusing or downright daunting. We’ll look back on our first experiences with new music, and explore ways to introduce it to others so that it opens them to seeking more and different musical experiences. Hosted by @pickleshy.
In today’s culture where you can produce just about anything, instead of seeking permission to perform from others, could you establish your own ensemble with colleagues and friends you already know and perform your own work? We will discuss the feasibility of creating a new ensemble, how to create an ensemble, and ways to make it thrive. Hosted by @jdgaby.
It’s no secret: there’s no (big) money in new music. That doesn’t mean we should adopt a mindset based on scarcity. Instead, we should focus on building our communities – local, regional, and national – by creating opportunities and spaces that encourage people to work together and share what they have. Hosted by @andrewstiefel.