Category Archives: conductor culture

mozart in the jungle

A colleague — a theater professor — recommended the Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle to me. She said the first couple of episodes are a little clunky, but if you get through them, it’s totally worth it. She has good taste, … Continue reading

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another conductor commercial

There are two commercials for the GMC Acadia that include conductors. One is a quick shot and pan away of your standard white dude in a tux. The other is about the conductor. I couldn’t find a video, sorry. But it goes like this: … Continue reading

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training and artistry revisited… again

This article from a couple of years ago made the rounds on Facebook and Twitter recently. “Conductor or automaton?” I was painting my house, so I didn’t get around to writing the response that was burning a hole in my … Continue reading

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being right

I have a quote from Elaine Brown on a sticky note on my desktop: If our being is right, our doing will take care of itself. I love this idea; and it sums up the embodied approach to conducting in … Continue reading

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gender trouble

This month’s Choral Journal has a cover story on “Gender Trouble [insert Amelia’s excited squee that CJ will be addressing gender disparity!]: Males, Adolescence, and Masculinity in the Choral Context” by Joshua Palkki [insert inevitable disappointment that the gender with trouble … Continue reading

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breasts

There is a lovely recent piece in The Guardian about getting more women trained as conductors. It’s good. I’m in favor of all of it. More highly trained, passionate women conductors means more pressure on the glass ceiling, and eventually ensembles will … Continue reading

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Lighting a Candle

When I first started the blog, I intended to include some discussion of books about conducting; but I ended up talking about the work of conducting so much that I never got around to the books about it. But I … Continue reading

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