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Podcasts and Discussions
Julia Adolphe

Billy Childs: Creative Process, Internal Pressures & Racial Identity

Composer/pianist Billy Childs shares the impact of the pandemic and systemic racism in America on his creativity and how he returns to his writing process with practice and persistence.

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Bridget Carson

Writing Music for Developing Instrumentalists and Singers

Developing instrumentalists and singers need technically and financially accessible works from living composers. Here is a mix of practical and philosophical ideas for how you can help.

Julia Adolphe

Dale Trumbore: Recognizing Anxiety, Creating with Empathy

Composers and best friends Dale Trumbore and Julia Adolphe discuss living with anxiety disorders and writing during a pandemic.

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Multiple Authors

Different Cities Different Voices: Chicago

Different Cities Different Voices is a new bi-monthly series from NewMusicBox that explores music communities across the US through the voices of local creators and innovators. Discover what is unique about each city’s new music scene through a set of personal essays written by people living and creating there, and hear music from local artists… Read more »

Sidney Hopson in performance with the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra (photo by Leigh Webber)
Podcasts and Discussions
Julia Adolphe

Sidney Hopson: Resilience Through Music & Cultural Policy

Percussionist and arts policy consultant Sidney Hopson’s discovery of cultural policy enabled him to combat audition anxiety, a decade of depression, and the pervasive racism of the classical music industry.

Articles
Sarah Kaufold

Choral Singing on the Brink of Delta

Concert cancellations are likely to commence in the coming weeks and we should be concerned for the musicians and the small choral art organizations who support them.

Renée Baker
Interviews
Frank J. Oteri

Renée Baker: Nothing's Gonna Stop You From Creating

Spending an hour over Zoom chatting with Renée Baker about her more than two thousand musical compositions and perhaps almost as many paintings was inspirational as well as motivational. Renée does not let anything deter her and while her music is extremely wide ranging and gleefully embraces freedom of expression, her daily schedule is precise and meticulous.

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Aleah Fitzwater

Zoom Tips for Private Music Instructors

Unfortunately, many of us are back to feeling unsafe when it comes to in-person learning, due to the increase in the Delta variant. Here are some tips for private music teachers who are transitioning back to Zoom learning.

Podcasts and Discussions
Julia Adolphe

Aiden K. Feltkamp: Transgender Identity, Neurodivergence & the Lens of Equity

Librettist & Singer Aiden K. Feltkamp, who serves as the Emerging Composers and Diversity Director at the American Composers Orchestra, speaks openly about their personal experience transitioning, the impact that Gender Dysphoria (experiencing discord between one’s gender identity & one’s assigned sex at birth) had on their mental health, & how writing helped their healing process.

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Andrew Conklin

Wanted: Orchestral Scores by Composers Not Named Beethoven

As I comb the internet for pieces to use in the introductory orchestration course I will teach for the second time this fall, I am reminded of a familiar frustration: it is easy to find scores by white men, and much harder to find scores by anyone else.

Podcasts and Discussions
Julia Adolphe

Hila Plitmann: Healing through Creativity

Soprano Hila Plitman shares her thoughts on mantra singing, motherhood, and how “the mind is a playful instrument.”

Interviews
Frank J. Oteri

Adolphus Hailstork: Music is a Service

“Music is supposed to have meaning,” says Dr. Adolphus Hailstork whose music captures the tribulations and the occasional triumphs of African Americans in this country. Hailstork’s 80th birthday year got off to an impressive start with a performance of his music as part of the Presidential Inauguration ceremony of Joe Biden. Since then there has been a world premiere of a concert aria he composed to commemorate the centenary of the Tulsa Massacre and he awaits the premiere of his recently completed Fourth Symphony.

Composer and Violinist Jessie Montgomery
Podcasts and Discussions
Julia Adolphe

Jessie Montgomery: Reclaiming Creative Play & the Process of Anti-Racism

Composer and Violinist Jessie Montgomery shares how she has shifted her creative process since the pandemic began to cultivate a sense of playful freedom and reconnect with her childhood love of diverse musical styles.

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Colleen Phelps

Do You Hear What I See?

A visual that inspires the composer or improviser is sure to also inspire audiences to a fuller and more moving experience. The Kentler International Drawing Center is driving this connection home with its now-touring exhibition Music as Image and Metaphor.

Trilloquy podcast co-hosts Garrett McQueen and Scott Blankenship
Podcasts and Discussions
Julia Adolphe

McQueen & Blankenship: Partnership, Power & Vulnerability

Co-hosts of the Trilloquy podcast Garrett McQueen and Scott Blankenship share their experiences with depression, therapy, medication, cannabis, creativity, and addiction.

Rashid Johnson on The Red Stage
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Michelle Hromin

Upon Arrival: Experiencing My First Live Concert in Over 15 Months

I never thought I would feel so grateful for the small sounds of people coexisting with me, yet there I was, bobbing my head along, feeling pure contentment and gratitude for sharing this space with all of these strangers.

Interviews
Frank J. Oteri

Susie Ibarra: Hybrid Culture

Susie Ibarra’s collaborative approach has informed her work with jazz, classical, indie rock, and traditional Philippine musicians.

Podcasts and Discussions
Julia Adolphe

Anxiety as an Editing Eye

The lingering anxiety that appears while I write can actually serve as a tool in the editing process, provided it remains in check and in direct dialogue with my work.

Podcasts and Discussions
Julia Adolphe

Christopher Trapani: Depression, Memory & Communication

Christopher Trapani evades and encodes the filter of depression into his music, as he tells Julia Adolphe in the latest episode of her LooseLeaf Notebook podcast. They also discuss myths about the tortured artist, medication, and therapy, and how mental health challenges can be better addressed in the workplace and in schools.

Frank J. Oteri

Tania León Orchestral Work Stride Awarded 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Music

Tania León has been awarded the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her orchestra work Stride which received its world premiere in a performance by The New York Philharmonic conducted by Jaap van Zweden in David Geffen Hall in New York City on February 13, 2020. According to the Pulitzer Prize guidelines, the annually awarded… Read more »

Multiple Authors

The Art of Being True: Sonic Ritual & Favorite Quarantine Recipes

In our final pair of excerpts from the M³ anthology, The Art of Being True, Val Jeanty explains how Vodou Culture has informed her own artistic practice and Tomeka Reid shares her recipe for Sunflower Butter.

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Multiple Authors

The Art of Being True: Liberalism in Music & Stream of Consciousness

In our 5th installment of excerpts from the M³ anthology, Lesley Mok explains how conservatories co-opt the politics of “anti-racism” and Romarna Campbell describes the multiple identities contained for her in the word “skin.”

Podcasts and Discussions
Julia Adolphe

The Attraction of the Tortured Artist Myth

Julia Adolphe shares her thoughts on why the myth of the tortured artist has been attractive to society as well as to herself personally as she was struggling to come to terms with Anxiety Disorder.

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Multiple Authors

The Art of Being True: Remembering Philly Joe & Your Backstory Is the Real Story

In our latest installment of excerpts from the M³ anthology, Sumi Tonooka remember Philly Joe Jones — “the last band leader that any parent would want to see their teenage daughter go out on the road with!” — and Jen Shyu contemplates parenthood: “Don’t wait for your ‘clock’ to start ticking. You might not hear it.”