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The Conductor’s Podcast is a space created for conductors, conducting students, musicians, and non musicians who are curious and interested in learning more about the profession, crafts, industry, and business. The host Chaowen Ting, founder of Maestro as Professor and Girls Who Conductor, has mentored hundreds of conductors from across the globe. She created the Conductor’s Podcast to share all the behind the scene secrets with you while interviewing conductors, musicians, and business guru ...
 
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In this wisdom-filled episode, my guest is the world-renowned conductor, Diane Wittry. She is the music director of the Allentown Symphony and the Music Director and Conductor of the Garden State Philharmonic. She is also the author of award-winning books, “Beyond the Baton” and “Baton Basics - Communicating Music through Gestures.” To understand t…
 
Hi there! Happy end of September and welcome to episode no.9 of the Conductor’s Podcast Wisdom series, a new series full of shared life experiences and, of course, wisdom! This series is aired on the last Thursday of each month, and in each episode, I am going to pose a question to 10 musicians, conductors, or business gurus. So including myself, y…
 
In this episode of The Conductor’s Podcast, my guest is Gabriel Lena Frank. As she continues to be a remarkable composer, she’s fulfilling her passion of wanting to live by 100 years and seeing that music becomes more accessible to individuals who really want and need it. Tune in this episode and be inspired on how creativity impacts society and ho…
 
Opera is one of the greatest and the most classic art forms. It combines the ingenuity of a great storyline and the elegance of music in one captivating show. As this classic art form continue to become a favorite among enthusiasts, new operas are giving audiences a fresh perspective to shows that feature newly-composed music and storylines that ha…
 
In this truly exciting episode, the one and only Dr. Cynthia Johnson Turner discuss the broad meaning behind good conducting and how you can stand up on the podium as a leader. Johnston Turner, a dual citizen of Canada and the United States, earned her Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY and her Ma…
 
Want to booster your productivity? Listen to today's episode where I share my newly discovred productivity hacks! 1. Always check your why: What's your purpose? 2. Morning Pages Journal: clear your mind before starting your day! 3. App: Todoist Answer these questions daily: Identify the most important tasks (one or two) Is what I am doing today sup…
 
Hi there! Happy end of August and welcome to episode no.8 of the Conductor’s Podcast Wisdom series, a new series full of shared life experiences and, of course, wisdom! This series is aired on the last Thursday of each month, and in each episode, I am going to pose a question to 10 musicians, conductors, or business gurus. So including myself, you …
 
Carolyn Watson on Conducting Study While conducting music requires a specific level of technique, one’s success as a conductor cannot be complete without mastering musicianship. In this episode of The Conductor’s Podcast, I am beyond ecstatic to have Dr. Carolyn Watson as my guest as she enlightens young and experienced conductors alike, the essenc…
 
Happy August to you! August, for me, is the mark of a new beginning. As we ready ourselves for a new journey, this episode will surely give you a boost of new learnings for the new generation. Today, Aubrey Bergauer graces the show with her expertise in human resources, organizational culture, strategizing guests to be patrons, diversity and inclus…
 
Score study is such an important topic, and I've touched on this a few times in the podcast. However, I am going to organize things together for you, so it's a central place for you! In today's episode, I will be sharing 1) how I study scores when I don't have enough time, 2) some tools that I mixed and matched, and 3) great tips from the Girls Who…
 
Welcome to the Conductor’s Podcast Summer Mini Series! Hi there! Welcome to the Conductor’s Podcast Summer mini series. During the month of July, we are taking a break from the usual interview conversations. Instead, I will be sharing some tips on different aspects of a conductor’s job with you every week. In today’s episode, I will be talking abou…
 
Hi there! Happy end of July and welcome to the seventh edition of the Conductor’s Podcast Wisdom series, a new series full of shared life experiences and, of course, wisdom! This series is aired on the last Monday of each month, and in each episode, I am going to pose a question to 10 musicians, conductors, or business gurus. So including myself, y…
 
Hi there! Welcome to the Conductor’s Podcast Summer mini series. The summer months of June, July, and August are traditionally “off-season” for performing artists, where many people make summer homes at various festivals. This summer I turned down all the work engagements to refresh and recharge myself, and I thought that it could be fun for us to …
 
Welcome to the Conductor’s Podcast Summer Mini Series! Hi there! Welcome to the Conductor’s Podcast Summer mini series. During the month of July, we are taking a break from the usual interview conversations. Instead, I will be sharing some tips on different aspects of a conductor’s job with you every week. In today’s episode, I will be talking abou…
 
Welcome to the Conductor’s Podcast Summer Mini Series! Hi there! Welcome to the Conductor’s Podcast Summer mini series. During the month of July, we are taking a break from the usual interview conversations. Instead, I will be sharing some tips on different aspects of a conductor’s job with you every week. In today’s episode, I will be talking abou…
 
July is just around the corner! Who could’ve thought that six months of 2022 had gone by so quickly? I remember so many of my New Year’s resolutions and I know I have to catch up with all of these goals. However, such “chasing-the-goal” action should not compromise one’s mental health and happiness. It should not also sacrifice your life’s purpose.…
 
Hi there! Happy end of June and welcome to the fifth edition of the Conductor’s Podcast Wisdom series, a new series full of shared life experiences and, of course, wisdom! This series is aired on the last Monday of each month, and in each episode, I am going to pose a question to 10 musicians, conductors, or business gurus. So including myself, you…
 
In today's episode, I interviewed the Executive Director of the August Symphony (GA), Anne Catherine Murray on how she manages an orchestra. She’ll share her wisdom on the management side of a performing arts organization and a theater, discuss the challenges of managing personnel, how she was able to find her purpose, and how she navigated problem…
 
Sometimes, being a woman means having to handle a lot of things on your plate. For conductor Sarah Ioannides, these responsibilities prove that she can conquer so many mountains while being able to express herself in music and art. In this week's episode of The Conductor’s Podcast, Sarah talks about the art of being ready, the essence of leadership…
 
Conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya joins me and speaks about her experience preparing for, conducting, and navigating a career thriving between concert halls and opera pits. Russian-American conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya is a fiercely committed advocate for Russian masterpieces, operatic rarities, and contemporary works on the leading edge of classical mu…
 
An open and honest review of what I learned this past season (2022-23) as staff conductor for three different organizations across two states..... 1. take good of my own mental and physical health! 2. traveling has a much larger impacts on myself and my family than I had expected.... 3. People Skills!! People Skills!! People Skills! 4. how and when…
 
Hi there! Happy end of May and welcome to the fifth edition of the Conductor’s Podcast Wisdom series, a new series full of shared life experiences and, of course, wisdom! This series is aired on the last Monday of each month, and in each episode, I am going to pose a question to 10 musicians, conductors, or business gurus. So including myself, you …
 
Conductor Lina Gonzalez Granados joined me and shared her experiences in organizing her time, studying scores, and taking care of her health when she was always on the go conducting around the globe. Some of Lina's Career Highlights: Third Prize and ECHO Special Award at the Inaugural La Maestra Competition Named conducting fellow of the Philadelph…
 
Conducting is never about swinging your arms - left and right as you command the flow of music to your delight. Conducting is embracing your personal strengths, expressing it through music and letting it create a rippled effect to its viewers and listeners. This is one of the reasons why Anna Edwards is beyond passionate in breaking the barriers of…
 
Film scores play a crucial role in cinema. It’s intertwined with visual imagery and is a secret ingredient for a blockbuster hit. It heightens the emotional impact of a movie, creating an aural mood for each scene. If you’re curious to know how they’re made, then this episode is right up your alley! Meet composer, orchestrator, and conductor for TV…
 
In today's episode of the Conductor’s Podcast, my guests Michelle Di Russo and Michelle Rofrano provide an elaborate rundown of what it’s like working as an assistant conductor, how to land jobs, their experiences collaborating with agents, how they turn down opportunities and their definition of a great assistant conductor. They also answer questi…
 
Despite her many, many years on the podium, our guest for today is never shy in admitting that there are days when she doesn’t feel confident – and no, she never tries to fake it. If you’re wondering how this seasoned conductor navigates through a roller coaster of emotions or uncontrollable factors, this episode is perfect for you! Tianyi Lu gives…
 
Hi there! Happy end of April and welcome to the fourth edition of the Conductor’s Podcast Wisdom series, a new series full of shared life experiences and, of course, wisdom! This series is aired on the last Monday of each month, and in each episode, I am going to pose a question to 10 musicians, conductors, or business gurus. So including myself, y…
 
Whether it’s building a career or establishing successful working relationships, the importance of networking as a music professional cannot be undermined. In today's episode, stage director Stephanie Havey provides aspiring music professionals with the knowledge and first-hand experience. She discusses the inner workings of a stage director, her l…
 
Women, all around the world, are paving the way toward a society that fosters inclusivity, diversity and equality. In this episode, we’ll get a chance to listen to Julia Baumanis. She’s going to share with us how her initial passion for music became the guiding light to her career as a band director. Aside from discussing her rise to the musical wo…
 
Today’s episode is a bit different as I will be answering all the questions that I received about conducting videos. Before we get started, I wanted to remind you all that the very first episode of this podcast is about Five Mistakes to Avoid with Your Conducting Videos. Here are the questions that I will answer in the episode: I have a video that …
 
Conductor Susie Bechasil Seiter, who specializes in orchestra pops and film score conducting, discuss systematic gender bias, barriers, and her experiences touring with bands around the world! Susie Benchasil Seiter is a prolific conductor, orchestrator and composer for film, television, video games, and live concerts. Susie currently stays busy co…
 
Hi there! Happy March and welcome to the third edition of the Conductor’s Podcast Wisdom series, a new series full of shared life experiences and, of course, wisdom! This month’s question that I am asking my people is, “𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗶𝗴𝗴𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝘀𝘁𝗿𝘂𝗴𝗴𝗹𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗱𝘂𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗱𝘂𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘆𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘀?” For me, physically it was to stand up straight. Mentally …
 
Have you ever wondered, 𝙝𝙤𝙬 𝙙𝙤 𝙄 𝙛𝙞𝙣𝙙 𝙢𝙮 𝙣𝙞𝙘𝙝𝙚? Dr. Noreen Green, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony founded this organization in 1994 as her niche, and has focused on presenting music with Jewish themes since. In today's episode, she shares with us how she creates cultural bridges to connect people with music. Dr. G…
 
In today's episode, Conductor Alice Farnham will share her journey to the podium with us. Farnham started her career as a church musician playing organ and trumpet. She was an Organ Scholar at St. Hugh's College, Oxford University and trained for three years with the legendary pedagogue Ilya Musin in St. Petersburg. Alice is Co-Founder and Artistic…
 
Happy March! I hope you are getting more settled into the year of 2022 as I know it hasn’t been easy for a lot of people. If you are feeling overwhelmed, I am totally on the same page with you and that’s why I am super excited about today’s episode as our guest will share with us how she maneuvers through barriers in the field. Dr. Brittney Boykin,…
 
In today’s episode of our podcast, we are going to discuss what 501(c)3 is -- something that you might have heard of many times now, and why it matters. I know that today’s content might be a bit dry, but if you are ever inspired to start an organization or an ensemble like Jennifer Kane, Founder and Artistic Director of NOVA Women’s Choral Project…
 
Welcome to the episode no.2 of 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫’𝐬 𝐏𝐨𝐝𝐜𝐚𝐬𝐭 𝐖𝐢𝐬𝐝𝐨𝐦 𝐒𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬, a new monthly series full of shared life experiences and, of course, wisdom! In each episode, I am going to pose a question to 10 musicians, conductors, or business gurus. So including myself, you will hear all the goodies from a wide array of people, thus called the wisdom serie…
 
My guest today Dr. Kira Omelchenko will be sharing with us her tips of working with strings. When you work with an orchestral ensemble, no matter a chamber orchestra, a full symphonic orchestra, or even just a few musicians at your church’s Christmas service, you are very likely working with string players, and perhaps quite some of them. After all…
 
In today’s episode, I am interviewing a dear friend, Lily Ling, who is music director and conductor of the Hamilton Broadway show. I was connected with Lily through the mentorship program offered by the Maestra Music, an organization supporting women and non-binary musicians working in musical theater. They offered a lot of great webinars during th…
 
Happy February! I am so grateful for you to be here with me, at the 20th episode of the show. It’s hard to imagine that we’ve been here together for almost 5 months, and I hope you are still loving this show as much as I do. Today’s topic is something that I personally really look forward to, 𝖈𝖔𝖒𝖒𝖎𝖘𝖘𝖎𝖔𝖓𝖎𝖓𝖌. In the musical world, commission means th…
 
Today we are going to talk about something that I personally love speaking about -- running effective and efficient rehearsals! There are many aspects about planning for rehearsals -- from strategizing the overarching rehearsal goals throughout the concert cycle, to pacing each individual rehearsal session; from choosing the right program to being …
 
6Hi there! Welcome to the very first episode of the Conductor’s Podcast Wisdom series, a new series full of shared life experiences and, of course, wisdom! In each of the monthly episodes of the Conductor’s Podcast Wisdom series, I am going to pose a question to 10 musicians, conductors, or business gurus. So including myself, you will hear all the…
 
In today’s episode, we will be discussing “decolonization.” One of the trends that the world of classical music is slowly embracing in recent years. In politics, the process of decolonization can be very broad, from colonies becoming independent countries recognized by the international society to recognizing how the colonial powers have taken adva…
 
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗖𝗢𝗩𝗜𝗗 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗷𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝗱𝗶𝗱 𝗶𝘁 𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗻 𝗼𝘂𝘁? After almost 2 years, the pandemic is not yet completely behind us. It has impacted musicians in different fields differently, as many string players and percussionists are still able to perform with their masks on, while many wind players and vocalists are still battling various regulations in d…
 
Today’s episode is one that I’m personally excited about, as my guest today Elizabeth Askren was on my guest list way before I started this podcast. Elizabeth and I met when we were both fellows for the Dallas Opera Hart Institute for Women Conductors, and she has since continued to mentor other conductors and artists through the Dallas Opera progr…
 
Happy New Year, and I am super excited about today's episode, as I'll be speaking with one of my role models, conductor Kalena Bovell. For the very first show of 2022, Kalena will be talking to us about time management skills, also sharing with us her experience of preparing and studying for her BBC Proms debut. I hope you're as excited as I am rec…
 
Hi there! Welcome to episode No. 13 of the Conductor’s Podcast, and happy almost new year! Since it’s now almost the new year, I thought we would have a special episode talking about one of my current positions, a collegiate conducting position. This is also something that a lot of people are less familiar with, and my dear friend Dr. Carolyn Watso…
 
The pandemic has taught us a lot of things. Many of us lost their loved ones, and some of us had a chance to reflect on their relationships with others. Being forced at home gave some people a chance to spend more time with their families, while some others couldn’t see their loved ones for months because of Covid related travel restrictions or oth…
 
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝗳 𝗼𝗿𝗰𝗵𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗮𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗕𝗲𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗻'𝘀 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝘄𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗻'𝘁 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗶𝗻 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴 🅽🅴🆆 🅼🆄🆂🅸🅲? One of the great advantages of performing works by living composers is that we can ask them questions. A conductor’s job is largely deciphering the composers’ intentions, translating the knowledge into our gestures, and conveying to the musicians to realize the music…
 
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