PT12: Breaking In, with Robert Debbaut

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How do we break into the scene and build relationships that lead to great conducting opportunities? Robert Debbaut talks with us about how he “hung out” with Gustav Meier for a year, the extra-musical benefits of observing the Chicago Symphony, and how he started an orchestra by cold-calling almost 600 musicians.

This week we discuss:

  • Wisdom from Debbaut that I got in High School and still share to this day.
  • Starting an orchestra in Kansas City by emailing 600 strangers
  • Getting into school by “hanging out” with Gustav Meier in Michigan
  • How to meet great conductors
  • How to break into the scene of guest conducting
  • A beautiful story about Debbaut’s relationship with Maurice Abravanel
  • Why all musicians need to know the score
  • Programming Resources
  • Conducting Resources
  • Learning the minutia of a composer’s motivations and intentions
  • Kiril Kondrashin’s Pathétique: 
    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPAxt_YqflU
  • Debbaut’s Hidden Gem: Saint-Saëns Symphony no. 1
    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bbC49fPx1M
  • Some Final advice on looking for patterns

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