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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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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…
 
𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗲𝘁𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗔𝗿𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗛𝗼𝗿𝘀𝗲𝘀, 𝗡𝗼𝘁 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗔𝗿𝘁𝗶𝘀𝘁𝘀? Today we are going to discuss a sensitive and yet, somehow controversial topic - music competition. Composer Bela Bartok‘s famous quote says, “Competitions are for horses, not artists.” However, some of us, including myself, dream about winning a major competition and then have a career that just takes …
 
𝗗𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲𝘀 𝗳𝗲𝗲𝗹 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗲𝗹𝘀𝗲 𝗵𝗮𝘀 𝗶𝘁 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗳𝗶𝗴𝘂𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝘂𝘁, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗼𝗻𝗹𝘆 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘀𝗼 𝘀𝘁𝘂𝗰𝗸? If you’re like me, you probably feel that your career is stuck at times - if not the majority of the time. It’s really hard seeing others announcing their shiny new career opportunities and engagements as it feels like everyone else but me…
 
𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗲𝘅𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗱𝗶𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗱𝘂𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗿𝘀? A good teacher, especially when you are just starting out, will help you build a strong and solid foundation, provide you with useful tools and skills to continue improving yourself along the road, and even connect you with professional musicians which can broaden your knowledge of…
 
𝗪𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗶𝗿𝘀𝘁 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗶𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗿 𝘃𝗼𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝘁𝗼𝗹𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗺𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝘄𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗲 𝗮 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗱𝘂𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗿? ⁠ ⁠ You might have shushed it the first time, but did the voice keep coming back, and tell you that you could possibly be a great conductor? If you are a musician thinking about potentially exploring the path of a conductor, this episode is for you.⁠ ⁠ My guest…
 
𝗛𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝘄𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗱, 𝘄𝗵𝘆 𝗮 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗱𝘂𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗿 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗱𝗲𝗱 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗶𝗿𝘀𝘁 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗲? The European tradition of a conductor's training comes from opera houses. In a theatrical setting, there are many elements to juggle -- from staging to singing, from tech cues to the off-stage banda. It is helpful to have a coordinator to “direct traffic,” and the main resp…
 
Ready to perfect your cover letter and personal statement? In today’s episode of our podcast, I’m going to share 3 tips for writing a killer cover letter. Before I implemented these tips myself, I would consider it a lucky day when I got a rejection letter from fellowship programs or jobs, as most days I would only hear crickets — no response at al…
 
𝙃𝙤𝙬 𝙙𝙤 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙛𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙨 𝙖𝙛𝙛𝙚𝙘𝙩 𝙝𝙤𝙬 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙖𝙘𝙩? Once I assisted conductor Jun Märkl when he guest conducted Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. We chatted about becoming a professional conductor as I was still a DMA student back then. He told me that it is such a lonely profession. There are only you and your scores in a hotel room, trying to figure everything…
 
𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙧𝙚𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙩𝙤𝙞𝙧𝙚 𝙘𝙝𝙤𝙞𝙘𝙚 𝙞𝙨 𝙖 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙙𝙪𝙘𝙩𝙤𝙧’𝙨 𝙡𝙤𝙪𝙙𝙚𝙨𝙩 𝙖𝙧𝙩𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙘 𝙫𝙤𝙞𝙘𝙚. During our training and study, we rarely learn how to program, plan, and curate a concert, because we are often given conducting assignments by our teachers, and had very limited rehearsal time to prepare for a performance. In this episode, my guest Michelle Rofrano is going to walk you…
 
In this episode, I sit down with the diversity-championing, women-supporting, globally-impacting Maria A. Ellis, the girl conductor to chat about entrepreneurship, parenthood, being a minority in the profession and how to change the lens and look at things from a different perspective to have a positive mindset.…
 
In today’s episode, I will share exactly how to prepare your next conducting video for applications in a professional manner. By walking you through the five biggest mistakes to avoid in your conducting videos, I’m going to show you how to edit the format and the content of your conducting video to maximize your chances of getting noticed and revie…
 
Welcome to the Conductor’s Podcast. I am your host, Chaowen Ting, founder of Girls Who Conductor who has mentored hundreds of conductors from across the globe. I created the Conductor’s Podcast to share all the behind the scene secrets with you while I interview conductors, musicians, and business gurus from around the world. This is a space create…
 
Commentary from David Alan Miller, conductor and music director of The Albany Symphony Orchestra. The opening concert on October 19, 2019 at The Palace Theatre included Bernstein's Suite from “On the Waterfront”, Valerie Coleman's “Phenomenal Women”, and Mussorgsky's “Pictures at an Exhibition”.WMHT による
 
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