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Musicians vs the World
19 minutes | 13 days ago
Choose the Best Music For Your Project
How do professionals choose music to fit their projects? How does a composer get started scoring a film? How can music help enhance the effectiveness of visual presentations? In this episode, Christine gives a step-by-step tutorial on how she approaches music in video and audio projects. She covers important initial steps that ensure that the music composing (or licensing) portion of any project ends up with the most effective outcome.
37 minutes | a month ago
Female Composers And Why We Should Study Them - With Jenny Boster
How many composers from music history can you name? Probably a good number. How many of those composers were female? Jenny Boster from The Playful Piano is on a mission to help solve that discrepancy and re-introduce some fantastic female composers back into the classical repertoire. In this episode Christine and Jenny share their reflections on Jenny's Female Composer Challenge, discuss a few favorites, and most importantly, explain WHY we all should be studying the work of female composers along with the old standards we know and love!
28 minutes | a month ago
Build Your Business - Business Development for Musicians with Sara Verheyen
Who would have thought there was so much business strategy and bookkeeping in music! So you want to make a living as a musician or an independent music teacher. Where to start? In this episode, Christine talks with Sara Verheyen, CPA and owner of Mareish books. Sara's passion is helping small, artistic business owners start off on the right foot. Today she gives helpful advice on everything from setting up a business, figuring out your goals for the future, bookkeeping, key performance indicators, and taxes. This is a must-listen episode for any musician learning to navigate the ins and outs of making a living as an independent musician or music teacher.
36 minutes | 2 months ago
Musicians in the Film World: A Discussion With the Producer and Director of Broken Lilies
In this episode, Christine continues her deep dive look into collaboration and music by discussing a musician's role in film production. Join her as she has a round-table conversation with the the Producer and Director of the award-winning short film, "Broken Lilies." They discuss workflow, communication, how to find work in the industry, as well as the importance of good music and sound in film production.
9 minutes | 2 months ago
How Candy Helped Me Graduate
In this first installment of the "Student Sectional" Series, Christine explores different types of motivation, and how they relate to a musician's world. What happens when a musician loses their motivation? Is it time to quit? Or can the magic be found again?
37 minutes | 3 months ago
What Your Accompanist Wants You To Know - A Conversation with Collaborative Pianist Jayne Galloway
Musicians vs the World returns with a Valentine's Day love letter to the unsung heroes of music: accompanists! In this episode Christine speaks with the president of the Collaborative Pianists Guild of Utah, Jayne Galloway, about the art and craft of accompanying. As the music world prepares for in-person concerts to start up again, let's take a few minutes to learn from Jayne's expertise on building strong collaborative work relationships and creating effective performances. She also shares useful tips for pianists that may be interested in a career in collaborative piano. Enjoy!
37 minutes | 10 months ago
Composing - Work Hard to Make it Look Easy, with Bradley Ellingboe
For many musicians, the act of composing their own original music is the ultimate expression of creativity and connection to music and other people. In these uncertain times, many have turned to composing as an emotional outlet. But how does a musician take that creativity and turn it into a living? In this episode, Christine speaks with award-winning composer, Bradley Ellingboe. Together they discuss the "ins" and "outs" of composing new music and getting that new music performed. From the very first spark of inspiration to dealing with unexpected performances, Brad shares stories and expert advice drawn from over 40 years of professional composing experience. Enjoy!
34 minutes | a year ago
Amber Brooke - Seizing Opportunity Through Life's Changes
In today's world, the only constant is change! In this episode, Christine speaks with the wonderful coloratura soprano, Amber Brooke. They discuss Amber's inspiring life story, and how she seized every unexpected opportunity to live her life to the fullest and to share her music with audiences around the world. We hope you enjoy this uplifting and inspiring interview!
7 minutes | a year ago
COVID-19 vs Musicians: Paycheck Protection Program!!
IMPORTANT!!! The US government has made money available to citizens who are self-employed, sole proprietors, or contract workers, along with small business owners! This money can help many musicians who are struggling financially due to the COVID-19 shut downs. In this episode, Christine goes over some of the basic information to get you started on your way for financial help during this difficult time.
32 minutes | a year ago
Music and Human Connection with Grant Gershon
In this episode, Christine has a conversation with the wonderful Grant Gershon, Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Together they discuss the human aspect of music making, and how music can connect people from all different aspects of life in powerful ways. Grant shares his expertise on how, as musicians, we can garner that sense of connectedness through our performance, and how we can look forward towards the future of music and performance. As an added bonus, Grant shares some valuable advice for musicians wanting to make a career out of music.
15 minutes | a year ago
Music and the Body Pt 2: Why Every Child Should Study Music
In this episode, we continue our fascinating conversation with Lori Finlay Hamilton (and a few special guests!), about how music effects our bodies on the cellular level. This time, we dive into the science behind music's effect on the minds and bodies of children. What is the Mozart effect? Does it really exist? Does music make children better students? Better people? Should every child study music? Join us and find out!
28 minutes | a year ago
Music and the Body with Lori Finlay Hamilton - Part 1
We all know that music can help lift us out of a bad mood and reduce stress. But have you ever wondered how or why? Join Christine's conversation with Lori Finlay Hamilton, as they discuss the fascinating way music effects the body on a cellular level. They will discuss the ever-growing body of research on music and how it can be used to compliment western medicine in improving people's lives.
14 minutes | a year ago
Performance Anxiety Triage: 5 Principles of Performance Prep
Most musicians feel some sort of pre-performance jitters. But what happens when it goes beyond nervousness and becomes Performance Anxiety? Is there any way to save a performing career when it strikes? Join musician and teacher, Christine Smith, as she shares 5 principles she's learned over the years to help manage the symptoms of performance anxiety.
34 minutes | a year ago
The Mind and the Heart of the Maestro with Jose Daniel Flores Caraballo
Maybe you are a musician interested in becoming a professional conductor. Perhaps you play in an ensemble with an orchestra, and want a better understanding of your music director. Or…Perhaps your only experience with a conductor is watching an old Bugs Bunny cartoon and you’re wondering “what exactly is that person with a baton doing up there on stage?” Maybe most importantly, you just love music, and are looking to hear a beautiful and touching story into the power of music. Well, this episode is for a person that fits into any of those categories. Dr. Jose Daniel Flores-Caraballo is the Opalka Family Artistic Director For Albany Pro Musica, is back to speak to us all about conducting! His expertise is surpassed only by his passion and love for music, and I hope that you enjoy our telephone discussion with him into the mind and the very heart of the Maestro.
18 minutes | a year ago
Pro Musica International Choral Festival
Join host, Christine Smith, as she speaks with Dr. Jose Daniel Flores-Caraballo, the Opalka Family Artistic Director of Albany Pro Musica. In the first of a two-part interview, Dr. Flores-Caraballo describes his love of choral music and music education. Come celebrate with us as he also announces a wonderful surprise about his upcoming Pro Musica International Choral Festival!
23 minutes | a year ago
Musicians vs Athletics with James Wilks
Can athletics make you a better musician? Can music make you a better athlete? Join Christine as she speaks with Physical Therapist, James Wilks, about both questions, as well as diving into injury prevention. As a bonus, find out if Christine's performance preparation is actually healthy, or if she needs to find a new way to practice!
32 minutes | 2 years ago
How to Make a Living in an Orchestra with Brian and Madelyn Blanchard
Do you have what it takes to be a professional orchestral musician? In part 3 of our Musicians vs Auditions series, Christine talks with Madelyn and Brian Blanchard, both orchestral Horn players. They share their expertise on choosing a college, auditioning, and navigating through the ups and downs of professional orchestral life.
27 minutes | 2 years ago
Musicians vs Auditions Part 2 - Does Repertoire Matter?
Does repertoire choice really matter in an audition? In this episode, Christine finishes her discussion on auditions with Dr. Scott Holden from Brigham Young University. They discuss repertoire, teaching tips, and some final words of advice for all those preparing for high-pressure auditions.
26 minutes | 2 years ago
Musicians vs Auditions Part 1 - How Win an Audition with Scott Holden
Auditions! A word that causes anxiety in even the most seasoned performer! In this episode we speak with concert pianist, Dr. Scott Holden, and learn his tips for impressing judges and giving a successful performance in a high-pressure audition.
3 minutes | 2 years ago
Musicians vs. the World Podcast Introduction!!
Welcome to Musicians vs. the World! A podcast discussing the day-to-day life of musicians. We cover topics ranging from performing, education, career development, health, auditions, and everything in between. We'll even talk about music. Join us!
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