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Category: Gigs

Écouter - “Listen Tour” ’14

0 Natalie Spehar
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Keep Journal of Success Stories

0 Nicole Camacho
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We are ALL Needed

0 Nicole Camacho

Peacefulness, Beauty, Goodness, Gentleness, Courage, and so on are all things the world will always want more of and so PLAY ON MY FELLOW ARTISTS, POETS, MUSICIANS :0)

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Pondering My Focus

0 Nicole Camacho

We have the opportunity to make a living doing many things and I am basically turning from “jack of all trades” mentality to focusing on what it is I love to do.  I am finally understanding that the work I put in is the work I will get out and so breaking out of this

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Concept Concerts

0 Sarah Marczynski

Sarah talks a new way of approaching in-school ensemble shows through concept integration. The article on the New Bedford Symphony’s program is available here.  

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May Madness

0 Natalie Spehar
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Checking In/Update!

0 Natalie Spehar
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Video Blog - Professionalism

0 Elaine Li
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Creating Opportunities - Fairfax Chamber Ensemble

0 Natalie Spehar
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Video Blog - Interview: Joe Madden, Champaign-Urbana Symphony Executive Director

0 Elaine Li
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Successful Practice And Rehearsal Philosophy

0 Nicole Camacho
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Video Blog - Gigging (‘Tis the Season!)

0 Elaine Li
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We are business owners!!!!

0 Nicole Camacho

While I have come a long way in terms of my financial knowledge in the past few years, I wanted to make sure to convey my sincere reaction during the process of getting from point A to point B; getting from “i am a musician and that’s it” to “i am a musician and therefore

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Video Blog - Music in Many Ways

0 Elaine Li
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Back to concert season! First rehearsal - Fairfax Chamber Ensemble

0 Natalie Spehar
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Harp Year in Review

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Meghan reflects back on her year, from graduating from Rice University, performing with the Houston Symphony, driving across the country, and performing over 27 “47 Strings” outreach concerts. It was a fantastic year for freelancing with lots of great memories. Can’t wait to see what the next year holds! www.meghancaulkett.com facebook.com/47strings  

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Music Outreach with Young Audiences

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Meghan discusses her work with Young Audiences, a national organization that helps bring arts education to children. Her outreach concert series, 47 Strings, is a performer with Young Audiences of Houston. Learn more at www.fortysevenstrings.com and like it on facebook at facebook.com/47strings!  

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The Practicality of a Little Notebook

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How wonderful are little notebooks? I think they are so very important and in this VLOG I tell you why!

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Playing with Community Ensembles

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  Here Derek talks about his summer experience playing with two community bands in the Eastern Iowa area.

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What to do over summer break?!

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What to do over summer break?! While relaxing is great, I am not a “sit still” kind of person. So, in this VLOG I discuss what I have been up to!

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Expectations

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For this VLOG I discuss expectations - my own expectations, those of my students, their parents, and administration at the University level.

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47 Strings, interactive and educational harp recitals in the community

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It’s the halfway point for 47 Strings! Learn how Meghan has been bringing harp music to homeless shelters after receiving the Richter Fund for Music Outreach from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. 47 Strings is a unique and unprecedented harp concert series. For each of the 47 strings, Houston harpist Meghan Caulkett

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Orchestral Etiquette 101

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There are some pretty basic rules to playing in an orchestra: be on time, look professional, be prepared, and don’t look behind you. But these simple things can make a big difference in how people view you as a musician.  

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Quintet, Ballet, Rehearsal Plans, and “Yes” Mode!

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Not just Pachelbel: Wedding Ceremony Music

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Spring is the start of wedding season, which creates lots of gigs for harpists and other classical musicians. In this vlog, Meghan discusses some traditional music selections, as well as shares some of her pop music arrangements.  

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The week of traveling that made my friends think I’m nuts. Freelancing in LA, TX, and MA

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Think you’re busy with gigs? Meghan can relate. In this vlog she talks about having rehearsals in Baton Rouge, and auditions in Boston and Houston. All within the same week. Orchestral playing is amazing, but logistics can be exhausting.  

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Vlog 12 - Language Skills matter

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Why language skills are helpful to musicians of all kinds.

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Jade’s Detroit whirlwind

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Dr. Michael Flynn - VLOG #11 - FIVE Minute High School Brass Warm-Up, performing with the Billings Symphony!

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Click here to download the 5 minute brass warm-up: http://michaelflynntrumpet.weebly.com/uploads/5/2/1/2/2018687/the_high_school_guide_to_brass_warm_ups.pdf

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Picking Ensemble Literature

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In this week’s VLOG I discuss strategies for picking literature for your ensemble and planning for a concert.

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47 Strings- Programming for 4-year olds

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  47 Strings was recently awarded the Richter Fund for Musical Outreach from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. This grant will fund six performances at Houston Homeless Shelters this Spring. See how Meghan programs a concert for homeless preschoolers, as well as rehearsal time with bassist David Connor.

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What do I do when I’m not practicing? Vlog #9

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  Lots of time is spent in the practice room. But not all of it is practicing or recording. Things like teaching, driving, organizing music, and instrument repairs are all necessary parts of being a freelance musician.

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The Value of Small Town Concerts

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New Semester, New Beginnings!

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New semesters bring new beginnings! I am excited to get this semester started and talk about what I have planned this semester.

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Jade Recaps Putting on Her Own Darn concert!

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Post Concert Report!

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In this Vlog I share how my most recent concert performance went, my recent visit to the University of Miami and my plans for the rest of the semester!

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47 Strings Outreach Performance at the Monarch School and Spring concert planning, Vlog #7

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  Find out about the latest 47 Strings performance at the Monarch School, a school for neurologically different children in Houston. Also learn what Meghan is planning for upcoming concerts!

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vlog 6- Northwestern Univ/learning music

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  i am in Northwestern for a short residency and am playing a solo on a library show while we are hear.  this vlog talks about re-learning a piece of music and how important it is to do right the first time.  

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Vlog 6 - Can You…

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When subbing in an orchestra, it is not enough to know the rhythms and the notes.

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It’s Concert Week!

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It’s Concert Week! Lots going on and I discuss why I chose the literature that I did.

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Vlog5- Flexibility

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The past week, So had to make it to a show in Texas with Hurricane Sandy hitting NYC and then in Austin, we playing on a moving train in a Pop-Up concert for TX Perf Arts.  Flexibility is on the mind.  After your 10,000 hours of practice, flexibility is one of the things that will

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Jade Simmons says, “Put On Your Own Darn Concert!”

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Behind the scenes at 47 Strings performances

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See footage from Meghan’s outreach project as she performs in homeless shelters and nursing homes.  

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vlog 4 - Residency at KU

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I was recently in Lawrence KS for a residency and concert at KU.  This vlog details the residency activities and talks about a piece I taught the percussion students there to play with us on the show .

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Vlog #4 The problems with the typical concert settings

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  Here Derek discusses a couple problems he sees with common performance and programing practices.

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47 Strings- Educational and Innovative Harp Outreach

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Have you heard about Meghan’s outreach project “47 Strings”? She’s performing one concert for each string on the harp. Find out how she’s bringing classical music into the Houston community through this concert series, and check out video from some of the performances and behind the scenes footage. You can also check out meghancaulkett.com/47Strings or

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Vlog #3- from Minneapolis MN and Helena MT

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  After the premiere of So’s Where (we) Live with some footage of the stage and set up from the Walker Center and then on to Helena MT.

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Catie Hickey - Vlog #3

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The Traveling Life of a Freelance Musician

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Meghan hits the road in Vlog #3. Follow her as she goes throughout Texas and Louisiana for performances, and see firsthand what it’s like to practice in hotel rooms and drive all those hours.  

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When life hands you lemons…still show up on time to rehearsals. Vlog #2

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Vlog #1 Intro

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Hi! I wanted to introduce myself and give a little background of what I’m up to this season with the Vega String Quartet!

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Vlog #25 To make a living, get a life

0 Gavin Chuck

You’re naturally focused on starting a career in music. Have a life outside music, develop secondary interests, and encounter new ideas. Work that expresses who you are comes out of the unique experiences that you cultivate for yourself, and those experiences are richest when they are wide-ranging.

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Vblog #25 - Gil Evans

0 Ben Thomas

For the past three years I’ve had the privilege to work with Ryan Truesdell unearthing and discovering some of the forgotten music of Gil Evans. We will travel to Perugia, Italy to play in the Umbria Jazz Fest to present all of our hard work!

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Vlog #24

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Crazy Week of Concerts

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Vblog #24 - Bleckmann/Monder

0 Ben Thomas

How Theo Bleckmann and Ben Monder came to play at Bernunzio’s Music.

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Vlog #21

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Marketing and Vending

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Vblog#21 - Bending and Breaking live

0 Ben Thomas

We’re back! After a long hiatus Aaron Staebell’s Bending and Breaking rises again with Noah Berman - guitar, Ethan Helm - alto, Dave Chisholm - trumpet, Ben Thomas - bass, Aaron Staebell - drums.

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VLOG#21_Reflecting on the CD Release so far

0 Barmey Ung

http://youtu.be/dtFNj1OaPLs Here are some things that I learned about releasing my first album. After watching this video on my own, it’s really honest and critical.. which is just the type of person that I am. However, I neglected to talk about all the extremely positive things that came out of this album, besides the things

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Vblog#20 - Musical

0 Ben Thomas

Video Blog # 20 is on the 20th performance of my the new musical My Big Fat Italian Wedding with the Calamari Sisters. Check it out!

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Vlog #19 What made a 6-hour event work

0 Gavin Chuck

Ensemble Dal Niente put on “The Party” curated by Marino Formenti in Chicago. It was in an open space in the middle of the city and lasted 6 hours. And it worked - for reasons that were unexpected.

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Vlog #21

0 Beth Meyers

Playing a Broadway show.

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Vblog#18 - Recital Thoughts

0 Ben Thomas

I draw conclusions on my graduate recital, which was April 6th!

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Vblog#17 - Music and Dance

0 Ben Thomas

Matt Evans, Carson Moody, and I discuss our experiences with the Bill Evans Dance Co. and what it is like working with dancers.

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Vlog #15 Footage from our last show

0 Barmey Ung

Here is some footage from our last show at Elbo Room, Chicago. The song is called GlasS - Enjoy!

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Vlog #15 - Programming

0 Krista Blackwood

Krista discusses philosophies of effective programming.

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Vblog#14 - Programming a recital

0 Ben Thomas

Short talk about what I’m planning to do on my upcoming recital, April 6th at 9PM

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Vblog #14 - Happy Valentine’s Day! #wink

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5HE creates a modern-day digital love story with In Transit: #wink

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Vblog#13 - Ossia

0 Ben Thomas

A talk with some of the Ossia Board members about the upcoming concert that night.

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Vlog #11

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LIVE FROM NEW YORK It’s Saturday Night!! (well, afternoon)

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Vblog #10 - #thisrocks

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5HE performs In Transit: #thisrocks

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Vlog #8 Your ideas about entrepreneurship

0 Gavin Chuck

I’ve been asked to design a curriculum for arts entrepreneurship. What kinds of career-building skills would you like to learn or wish you had? Give me your input in the comments section.

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Vblog #9 - Banff/Sim Part 2

0 Ben Thomas

Brief synopsis of the jazz and creative music program at Banff/SIM pt. 2

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Vlog #7 Value vs. cost

0 Gavin Chuck

Always bear in mind the value of every aspect of a project or performance. While keeping the cost low is a good strategy, there are some things that should cost what you value them.

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Vlog#7_Promotions and Gig Preperation

0 Barmey Ung

http://youtu.be/CSmqt-evARE From my balcony in Chicago late at night (sorry the picture is not so great), I’m just talking about some stuff that I learned from our last gig, and some stuff about my new album.

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Vlog #7 - Justification

0 Krista Blackwood

Krista discusses the structure and philosophy of a Jewish Community Center and questions how to justify artist salaries with a CFO.

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Vlog #6 SONiC Festival

0 Gavin Chuck

Just back from the SONiC Festival in NYC.

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Vlog #5 I love new music, even the new music I don’t like

0 Gavin Chuck

As symphony orchestras retool, old music should be balanced with new music.

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Vlog #6 Clips of Baroque Rock

0 Barmey Ung

This is a video of some clips of what I wrote for the Baroque Rock show with Bach and Beethoven Ensemble, Gaudete Brass Quintet, Kmang Kmang, and Avanti Guitar Trio. I split in clips of everything over the audio of what I wrote for Kmang Kmang and BBE. There’s also a short introduction about my

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VLog #5 The Morning After

0 Barmey Ung

http://youtu.be/zU8KIQsd8sU In this video, I am talking about the tasks that I go through after having a show.

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Vlog #4 Back from touring Europe

0 Gavin Chuck

Alarm Will Sound just completed a tour of Poland and Italy via NYC. It’s exhausting fun!

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Vblog #4 - Band Etiquette

0 Ben Thomas

Discussing problems and solutions inside and outside of a band with Matt Honor.

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Vblog #24 Dress to Impress!

0 Katie Ernst

After reading a blog by Greg Osby about the way jazz musicians dress, I explain how I translate men’s fashion guidelines into women’s outfits.

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Vblog #14 RIJF Announcment!

0 Katie Ernst

I’m announcing my upcoming performance at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival this June.

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Vlog #17 - Taxes

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Tips for freelancers on deductions that really add up when working on your taxes.

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Vblog #12 - Quiet Night

0 Katie Ernst

For my blog regarding the current state and future of classical music, I would like to introduce you to Quiet Night. Ben Thomas’ Quiet Night is an annual concert of quiet music. Attracting a large, eclectic and young audience, it is a great example of how classical music (and all music!) can be accessible and

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VBlog #14 - Income and Gigging

0 Tyler Gauldin

http://youtu.be/vW6uTI9q8Hw VBlog #14 - Income and Gigging

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VBlog #13 - Cheap Gigs

0 Tyler Gauldin

http://youtu.be/FrVz1o7CR80 Cheap Gigs

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VBlog #16 - Lion King and Dream tour

0 Colin Porter
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Vlog #15 - Classical Music Stereotypes

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A discussion of some of the stereotypes that often surround classical music.

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VBlog #8 - Gigging Etiquette 1 of 2

0 Tyler Gauldin

http://youtu.be/SgOuqKw4SQo VBlog #8

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Vlog #11 - No Sick Days

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Christmas Eve preparations for two church services.

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Vblog #8 - Voiceovers, Backup Vocals, and Chicago Concert Clips

0 Katie Ernst

My stint doing backup vocals, radio voiceovers, and a mini montage of a recent performance.

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Vblog#7 - I’m in Boston! Cool!

0 Katie Ernst

A quick trip to Boston for a University of Rochester event is a big success.

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