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A Note to Me: D.C.

0 Margaret Miller

What I Would Tell My Younger Self… As a university professor, I often tell my studio stories from my student days in order to make a point about something, usually practicing!  I have been thinking about this topic quite a bit this summer, as the new performing/academic year is fast approaching.  This is certainly not

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The NFL jumps the shark

0 Robert Levine

While this story doesn’t have an exact analogy in our business, it’s nonetheless revealing of a phenomenon that has begun to appear in our field: The NFL reportedly asked Katy Perry, Rihanna and Coldplay, their top choices to play the 2015 Super Bowl Halftime Show, if they would be willing to pay the league in

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Ranking Music Schools: What’s Wrong with This Picture?

0 Barbra Weidlein
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This is the second post in our August Guest Blog Series!  Barbra Weidlein is co-founder and director of MajoringInMusic.com, a website for prospective music and current music majors, parents, and music educators. A little over a month ago, an article popped up on USA Today College Online, about a new ranking of the “top 10″

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Some revisionist history from the AFM

0 Robert Levine

An article in the August 2014 International Musician got me thinking about Electronic Media Guarantees and their history: …[former ICSOM chairman Brad] Buckley recalled that the earliest instance of what was then called a “recording guarantee” came into existence decades ago with the Philadelphia Orchestra, during the tenure of Music Director Eugene Ormandy. The maestro

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Simply Sitting Better: Looking At the Pelvis

0 Kayleigh Miller
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This is the first post in our August Guest Blog Series!  Kayleigh Miller is a fantastic young violist who is dedicated to musician health.  Check out her website at www.musicianshealthcollective.com. If you follow health and movement blogs, you may have read recent headlines such as “sitting is the new smoking” and “the dangers of sitting.” 

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Moving Forward


As musicians it is quite natural for us to occasionally question our career decisions, but what if we are thrown a curve ball and something unexpected gets in the way of our well-ordered plans?  This is, in fact, what the author of this Editor’s Choice article faced at an early point in her career. How

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Experimenting with the Concert Experience: How Orchestras Are Being Creative

0 Ann Drinan

The spring issue of Symphony magazine explores how orchestras are varying what they present to concert-goers. Messing with the Model by Senior Editor Chester Lane explores new ideas from several orchestras across the country. I was somewhat surprised and quite pleased to see my own Hartford Symphony Orchestra prominently displayed in this article! The Chicago

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Donald Rosenberg’s Take on “Spring for Music”

0 Ann Drinan

In the spring issue of Symphony magazine, Don Rosenberg, former music critic of the The Cleveland Plain Dealer and the newly-appointed editor of The Magazine of Early Music America wrote a very interesting overview of the “Spring for Music” (S4M) Festival, that presented its final week of concerts this past May at Carnegie Hall, contrasting

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Well-Traveled Baggage: A Seasoned Violinist Gets Sentimental about his BSO Experience

0 Gerald Elias
Gerald Elias

I don’t generally get maudlin over luggage. But after the final bows of Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Asia tour in May, I locked my wardrobe trunk and gave it an affectionate pat. This tour may well have been the brass-clad behemoth’s swansong. Built like fortresses, BSO’s 25 trunks could last forever. Lined up backstage like dominoes,

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Dominant and Tonic: Rethinking the Role of the Music Director

0 Robert Levine

The recent death of Lorin Maazel caused me to remember an article I wrote for Harmony in 2001 about the role of the Music Director, in part because his selection as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic was discussed in the article. Maazel was, with Bernstein, one of the very first Americans to be

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Call for Guest Blog Posts!

Power of Words

Happy Summer, friends! Are you interested in writing a guest blog post for Polyphonic.org?  During the month of August, we are planning to publish a series of guest blog posts, and we want YOU to be included!  Simply send us your blog post (2000 words or less) on any music-related topic by August 1, 2014,

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Can We Sell Classical Music By Making it “Cool”?

1 Michael Drapkin

I was recently notified about an upcoming webinar being put on by APAP (Association of Performing Arts Presenters) called “The Classical Music ‘Cool’ Factor.”  It includes the following discussion topics: Show today’s audiences the importance of classical music Make contemporary repertoire meaningful Learn from past successes and challenges I thought about it, and it raised

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