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
- Daniels’ Orchestral Music
- Kalmus Catalog
- Conducting Resources
- Meier’s The Score, the Orchestra, and the Conductor
- Green’s The Modern Conductor
- Scherchen’s Handbook of Conducting
- Learning the minutia of a composer’s motivations and intentions
- Kiril Kondrashin’s Pathétique:
- Debbaut’s Hidden Gem: Saint-Saëns Symphony no. 1
- Some Final advice on looking for patterns
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