PT1: JoAnn Falletta

For our first interview we had the immense pleasure of talking with the phenomenal JoAnn Falletta, music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic and Virginia Symphony, and the Principle Guest Conductor of the Brevard Music Center.


In this episode we covered a crazy number of different topics, including:

  • Her Path to the Podium
  • The Benefits of Playing in an Orchestra
  • Time Management
  • Score Study
  • Learning from the Musicians
  • How to Open your Ears on the Podium
  • The Biggest Mistakes Young Conductors Make
  • The Psychology of Orchestras in Rehearsal
  • Gaps in Our Education
  • Attracting Others to Play for You
  • The Benefits of Studying the Standard Repertoir
  • Challenges and Rewards of Conducting Music you don’t Connect with

Find JoAnn’s suggested resources below:

  • Inside Conducting by Cristopher Seaman (My new favorite general text: very little technical information and lots of good quotes and stories.)
  • The Art of Conducting – Great Conductors of the Past on Youtube (nearly 2 hours of interviews and historical footage with the greats of the 20th century)
  • The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life (I’m still working on this one, but if you know anything about Benjamin Zander, you’ll know what you’re in for in this book. If you are a musician and you haven’t seen his TED Talk, you should watch it now: The Transformative Power of Classical Music)

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