Leadership

Kensho Watanabe by a window

PT102: How to be the Most Positive, Encouraging, and Supportive Person in the Room, with Kensho Watanabe

How do we become better conductors? How do we become better people? And how can we be sure that we’re ready to make the most of every lucky chance that we get? These are the questions we discuss and answer in this interview with conductor Kensho Watanabe. We talk about the most important lessons about …

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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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PT99: How to Design an Exceptional Career, with Ankush Bahl

PT99: How to Design an Exceptional Career, with Ankush Bahl

Today we’re talking with Ankush Kumar Bahl, Music Director Designate of the Omaha Symphony and founding member of EverythingConducting.com about how to design an exceptional career in any field. Ankush has been incredibly intentional with his career by being strategic in crafting a narrative and seeking out the teachers and opportunities to help him achieve a series of clear goals. …

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Kevin and Mathias

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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Anna Edards

PT95: “Finding Comfort in Who You Are,” with Anna Edwards

Today we talk with Anna Edwards, Music Director of the Seattle Collaborative Orchestra, the Saratoga Orchestra, and the Pacific Northwest Conducting Institute, about how and why to seek out music by underrepresented composers, why conductors (women especially) should embrace their own physicality and body type, and why being comfortable on the podium is critical to …

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Tigran Arakelyan

PT91: “Let’s Talk Off The Podium,” with Tigran Arakelyan

Today we’re very excited to feature a fellow conductor and podcaster, Tigran Arakelyan. Tigran is the host of Let’s Talk Off The Podium, a podcast of interviews with professional musicians of all disciplines, including Classical and Jazz. Today we talk about the variety of guests and musicians that Tigran on his podcast and his new …

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Gary Lewis

PT90: “Learning to Listen and Trusting the Orchestra,” with Gary Lewis

Most of you will know Gary Lewis from his Orchestral Conducting Symposium and as the Director of Orchestras at the University of Colorado Boulder. Or you may remember him from episode 2 of the podcast. But now we’ve got him here for a full episode all about learning to listen and enabling your orchestra to …

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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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