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PT106: “Technique Precedes Music-Making,” with David Itkin

David Itkin joins us this week on Podium Time. Maestro Itkin is the Director of Orchestras at the University of North Texas, Music Director of the Abilene Philharmonic, and Conductor Laureate of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Today we discuss the stories behind his first book, Conducting Concerti, and why it’s critical to learn how to …

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10 Lessons from Interviewing over 100 Conductors on Podium Time

After over 100 interviews with conductors on Podium Time, we have learned a lot about conducting and the life around it.  Every conductor has a different story and every conductor has a different perspective. This episode of the podcast attempts to distill all that wisdom into just 10 lessons from the Podium Time Podcast. Listen …

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Mei-Ann Chen

PT101: “Polishing the Potential in Young Conductors,” with Mei-Ann Chen

Today we’re talking with Mei-Ann Chen, Music Director of Chicago Sinfonietta, about enhancing your rehearsals with Rehearsal Language, how she led the orchestra to win a MacArthur Award for their Theatrical and Diverse Programming, and how her Project Inclusion Conducting Fellows learn and prepare for a professional conducting career. This interview was originally recorded for …

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PT98: “Learning Together: The Power of Conductors in Collaboration,” with Kevin Sütterlin and Mathias Elmer

Today we’ve got a special episode with the conducting collaboration duo of Kevin Suetterlin and Mathias Elmer, Co-Music Directors of Sinfonietta Memphis.  In this episode, we dive into how two conductors (and friends) can collaborate and learn together, plus how they founded the orchestra and create incredible engagement in their education programs.  This episode also features …

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PT97: “Take us on a Journey,” with Sarah Ioannides

Today we talk with Sarah Ioannides about how she founded Cascade Conducting to share her experiences and the lessons from her conducting teachers, how to create an effective collaboration, and how creating videos to accompany Symphony Tacoma’s virtual concerts led her to a deeper appreciation of her orchestra and the music.

Phil Aguglia

PT88: “Creating the Best Curriculum for your Beginner Students,” with Phil Aguglia

Today we’re excited to share this episode with Phil Aguglia all about his fascinating curriculum for his students starting their instruments in high school and how he developed it to lead young musicians towards growth and success, whether they continue to study music or not. Phil sought to both learn how great teachers teach and …

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Janna Hymes

PT87: “Developing a Vision and Achieving Growth for your Orchestra,” with Janna Hymes

Today we talk with Janna Hymes, Music Director of the Carmel Symphony Orchestra. In this interview we discuss Janna’s new position in Carmel, how she sets goals in the artistic, marketing, development, and education areas to grow her orchestras, and how she communicates that vision to her board and administration. We also discuss the importance of programming …

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Jeffery Meyer

PT85: “How to be Confident, Effective, and Humble on the Podium,” with Jeffery Meyer

Today we talk with Jeffery Meyer, Director of Orchestras at Arizona State University and Artistic Director of the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic about being confident while conducting. We jump right in at the beginning of the interview by talking about the biggest issues that arise in young conductors and how we can have better ears …

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