New directions

A followup to yesterday’s “Renewal.”

new directions blogI realized, as I said in “Renewal,” that my blog — and all my work — involve a community, a community that nourishes me, and that I seem to nourish, a community of people involved with (or even just thinking about) change in classical music.

But I also realized that it’s time for something new. And I thought of two new paths to follow. I could take my work to an institution, maybe a music school or university, maybe a music school that’s looking for a director, and would want me to take the job.

Which means I’m ready for a new direction in my life and work. I’d like to work with other people, to act on all the things that I’ve been saying here and elsewhere. And I’d stress that working with others — teaching, leading, helping, supporting as a colleague — has emerged as one of my strengths.

If I ran a music school, that would mean (among so much else!) encouraging creativity in everybody’s work, and encouraging students to build their own audience, in and outside the school, for the music they make.

But those things are just a start, and a music school — where I’d have a job with real scope, a job that went beyond teaching —  isn’t the only place I might go.

Of course I’m going to work on this outside this blog, and of course I’ve had encouragement to look in these directions, from people who believe in me.

But there’s no reason — beyond what I and friends and colleagues might do — not to also crowdsource my future. Any ideas? Where can I take my work?

Tomorrow: Another new direction. 

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  1. says

    Greg, you’ve spent a great deal of time on this blog outlining an ideal formula for producing and promoting popular and rewarding classical music events. Why not produce a few? We all know the big institutions will never do it. Why not be the change you advocate and build the new audience the big guys are ignoring.

    If not you, who else?

    • says

      Thanks so much, Trevor! What I’d like would be to work with existing producers, and with music schools. I agree that the big institutions, most of them, aren’t likely to take these steps. But some of them might. The world isn’t black and white. Somewhere in the middle are institutions ready to take some steps. Not to mention venues, soloists, chamber groups, composers. I’m eager to work with anyone who wants to develop the new audience.

      I hesitate to produce things myself. It’s a lot of work, and requires funding, which I’d have to raise. I think the effort would pretty much take over my life, and I don’t have any guarantee that I’d be good at producing. Conceiving the event is one thing. But there are a lot of backstage things that have to be done, and I don’t know that I have a talent for them.

      Which doesn’t mean I’m not grateful for your endorsement! I trust others will feel the way you do, and will want to bring me in to help them produce something new.