CURATING YOURSELF: An Artistic Identity Workshop For Performers
Jan
1
10:00am10:00am

CURATING YOURSELF: An Artistic Identity Workshop For Performers

For singers and instrumentalists, conservatory education is highly focused on mastering technique and craft. We play repertoire assigned by our teachers, and work to emulate the playing style of great masters. It’s hard enough to learn how to play the violin/piano/trombone/timpani without worrying about … pretty much anything else!

But for those who wish to build independent careers as chamber musicians, soloists, arts advocates, and educators, there’s a parallel track to pursue: developing a personal artistic identity.

What repertoire are you passionate about, and how can you discover more of it? (What repertoire aren’t you passionate about, and how can you politely say “no” to it?) What performance situations do you thrive in? What makes you unique among all the other flutists, sopranos, and oboists out there? You don’t have to reinvent the wheel, stand on your head, or wear a crazy outfit to stand out.

This workshop will allow you time and space to study examples of performers who have developed an authentic identity, and reflect on the kind of performer you want to be. Clarifying your passions as a performer will make you happier and more focused as you plan recitals, take gigs, and set long-term goals.

Great for: singers and instrumentalists at every career stage.

4 classroom hours, structured in two 2-hour sections. Plus one-on-one consults for each participant.

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HOW TO WRITE ABOUT YOUR WORK (And Get Fired Up In The Process)
Jan
1
10:00am10:00am

HOW TO WRITE ABOUT YOUR WORK (And Get Fired Up In The Process)

Telling the story of your work -- whether you’re an ensemble, performer, composer, or organization -- opens so many doors. It helps you connect with funders, collaborators, and audience members who share your passions and values. But it’s also much more than a means to an end. At its best, writing about your work helps you connect to your core mission as an artist -- why you do what you do. This deep understanding can become your “rock” as you face the profound challenges of artistic life.

Drawing on my years of experience writing about my own work and the work of others, I will guide participants in a series of writing exercises that help us define our mission, vision, strengths, and passions. We will then explore how this clear self-understanding can be communicated through channels such as bios, blog posts, project descriptions, and social media. Participants will leave the workshop with working drafts, writing guidelines for the future, and a finely honed sense of what makes their “work mission” unique.

Great for: conservatory students, professional musicians, composers, ensemble founders, and anyone wearing a development or marketing hat.

This workshop includes 4 classroom hours, structured in two 2-hour sections, plus individual consults for each participant.

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