March 2007 Archives
In my previous posting, I wrote about the remarkable degree of change, over the forty year span that I have been involved with orchestras, in the relationship between musicians and managements (and boards). I noted the growing involvement of musicians in many governance issues, in music director and executive director searches, and direct or indirect involvement of musicians with boards of directors.
Another area where the role of musicians has changed dramatically over that time span is in musicians' roles with the public and with the community that their orchestra serves...
Some recent conversations at various orchestras, and with students in a class I teach at Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts, have made me realize how much the role of musicians in today's American orchestras has changed over the past three or four decades...
Over the weekend I gave a speech at the 2007 MENC Eastern Division Conference in Hartford, Connecticut to a group of more than 1,600 music educators - many of whom are preparing for or have recently started their teaching careers- on the importance of collaborative advocacy on behalf of music education in today's schools. Both the League and MENC are dedicated to arts advocacy efforts to ensure that music education is a core component of every child's education, and strong resources in the schools and talented, professional music teachers are essential. What follows are some thoughts on how orchestras and music educators can work together to improve the status of music education in America's schools:
In yesterday's Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Matthew Erikson writes that for many people, "going to a classical concert may be a source of much social anxiety. Clap at the wrong moments -- and it may seem like most moments are wrong -- and you look like a hick. Must classical-concert etiquette be so bewildering and counterintuitive?"
This issue of not applauding between movements is one of my pet peeves...
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Terry Teachout on the arts in New York City
Andrew Taylor on the business of arts & culture
rock culture approximately
Laura Collins-Hughes on arts, culture and coverage
Richard Kessler on arts education
Douglas McLennan's blog
Dalouge Smith advocates for the Arts
Art from the American Outback
For immediate release: the arts are marketable
No genre is the new genre
David Jays on theatre and dance
Paul Levy measures the Angles
Judith H. Dobrzynski on Culture
John Rockwell on the arts
innovations and impediments in not-for-profit arts
Jan Herman - arts, media & culture with 'tude
Apollinaire Scherr talks about dance
Tobi Tobias on dance et al...
Howard Mandel's freelance Urban Improvisation
Focus on New Orleans. Jazz and Other Sounds
Doug Ramsey on Jazz and other matters...
Jeff Weinstein's Cultural Mixology
Martha Bayles on Film...
Fresh ideas on building arts communities
Greg Sandow performs a book-in-progress
Harvey Sachs on music, and various digressions
Bruce Brubaker on all things Piano
Kyle Gann on music after the fact
Greg Sandow on the future of Classical Music
Norman Lebrecht on Shifting Sound Worlds
Joe Horowitz on music
Jerome Weeks on Books
Scott McLemee on books, ideas & trash-culture ephemera
Wendy Rosenfield: covering drama, onstage and off
Chloe Veltman on how culture will save the world
Public Art, Public Space
Regina Hackett takes her Art To Go
John Perreault's art diary
Lee Rosenbaum's Cultural Commentary
Tyler Green's modern & contemporary art blog