Musician’s Health Issues — A Reminder to Take Care of Yourself

Posted on September 18, 2012 at 6:40 am by
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If you have an interest or concerns about musician’s health issues, you will want to check out this Special Report from Musical America. It covers topics ranging from injury prevention, (with Polyphonic.org frequent contributor, Janet Horvath, prominently represented), to health care plans for performing musicians. Here’s a sampling of “chapters.”

  • Musician, Protect Thyself: A Few Ounces of Prevention
  • Clinics and Medical Practitioners
  • Good News Case Study No. 1: Peter Oundjian’s Personal Journey
  • Turning Performance Anxiety into Your Personal Best
  • Good News Case Study No. 2: Flutist Nora Shulman
  • Insuring Your Staffers: An Informal Survey
  • Group Health Insurance Plans for Performing Artists

The lesson for today is to take care of yourself. It it hurts, take a rest. There are lots of things to work on in addition to developing great motor skills. “Brain practice” is valuable too. .  .  . and don’t forget about intense focused listening.

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Send Yourself a Text to Come in at Letter C

Posted on September 12, 2012 at 6:10 am by
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I subscribe to various list-servs, and one of them is orchestra-l. It’s for musicians who are members of ICSOM orchestras (International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians). Lately there has been a lot of back and forth about musicians using electronic devices in rehearsals when they aren’t playing. Here is a sample.

“Bonjour! — I would like to know how orchestras are dealing with the use of i-phones, i-pads, i-pods, reading-pads on stage during rehearsals?? We use to have magazines or newspapers but now, the electronic is the new reality. In Montréal, the management came with ‘zéro tolérance’ for any use of electronics on stage? What is the situations in your orchestras?” (more…)

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You Want Younger Audiences? Time to Start Listening!

Posted on September 4, 2012 at 1:12 pm by
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Shoshana Fanizza is the founder of Audience Development Specialists (ADS for short). It’s a company that provides services to help organizations and individuals learn how to apply audience development to their art. Find ADS here. As is the usual case now-a-days, she has a blog, and last June I stumbled across what I thought was an interesting take on audience development and Arts Conferences. Her point is that if you want to develop a younger audience, younger folks need to see younger folks at Arts Conferences, in this case the League of American Orchestras 2012 conference. 

Let’s think about a twenty-something guy who wants to take a date to the local symphony. They get there open the program book and see ads for high-end jewelers, furriers, retirement communities and the occasional mortuary. Yikes. (more…)

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