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Crushing Classical

Crushing Classical is a series of interviews with classical musicians who are forging unique paths with their talent, creating their own artistic fulfillment and financial comfort, and finding ways to thrive. I celebrate these brave people who are taking routes outside of traditional orchestral or academic employment! As always, I invite you to listen for your own sparks and breadcrumbs, and use these interviews to find the possibilities that exist in your own life.
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Now displaying: November, 2022

The Happiest Musician: Creating A Career you Love With All The Things You Love Doing

Nov 29, 2022

Recently I’ve started sharing little short stories and advices and ideas on social media each week. I think they might be enjoyable, and I hope they might be helpful! 

This week: What do gloves, oboe reeds, and your own pet peeves have in common? 

Answer: The more clearly you identify the problem, the easier it is to solve! 

Make sure you SUBSCRIBE to Crushing Classical, and maybe even leave a nice review! 

You can join my email list HERE, so you never miss an episode!

Or you could hop on a short call with me to brainstorm your next plan. 

I’m your host, Jennet Ingle. I love you all. Stay safe out there!

Nov 23, 2022

Happy Thanksgiving 2022 to my listeners in the US! I am grateful for you.

On today’s episode you’ll hear my interview with my brother, singer songwriter James Hearne, who recently sold his house and left his job and moved across the country to go all in on his music career as an adult. This interview is full of gems for the working musician. 

  • how do you START trying to get work in a new place?
  • how do you not get discouraged when your emails are ignored?
  • how do you balance what the venue needs, what the audience wants, and what YOU care about artistically?
  • can you really make it as a performing musician in this day and age? 

I want to admit here that James is not in a classical music niche, nor is he doing innovative entrepreneurial work that pushes the boundaries of what creatives can be in the world. BUT I share this conversation with you because I feel like there’s value in hearing about the hustle, and about the business side of creating the artistic life you want to lead.

You know from my book that I’m not interested in pushing  musicians to make their living exclusively through their art. But I AM strongly on the side of creative people choosing the way they want to live and finding ways to make that happen for themselves, and that’s why I find James’s story so inspiring and I hope you will too. 

Check out James and listen to his music at his website, his instagram, his twitter, his Patreon.

 

Building a creative business? You need to check out the Ultimate Music Business Summit this January! I'll be presenting, and so will over two dozen other musicpreneurs! 

Thinking of trying FONS to streamline scheduling and payment for your music studio? Click HERE for my affiliate link and a free two week trial! 

Theme music and audio editing by DreamVance.

You can join my email list HERE, so you never miss an episode!

Or you could hop on a short call with me to brainstorm your next plan. 

I'm your host, Jennet Ingle. I love you all. Stay safe out there!

 

Nov 10, 2022

 

Award winning pianist Donna Weng Friedman enjoys a varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, educator, curator, producer and app developer.   Her album Heritage and Harmony: Silver Linings, featuring exclusively AAPI/BIPOC artists, aims to promote understanding and tolerance and combat racism, with all proceeds donated to an organization that supports the AAPI community and fights against racism.  Recorded and released during the pandemic, the album was presented with two Silver Medals at the 2022 Global Music Awards. 

 

In collaboration with WQXR, Donna created and produced Heritage and Harmony, a virtual concert series in celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month.  As an American of Chinese descent, her work with Friends of Thirteen on  Asian Americans of New York & New Jersey | WLIW21 - expanding the story-sharing website, highlighting first-person stories about the Asian American experience in our region- was not only meaningful to her, but to her family, friends and community as well.

 

She is the co-creator and co-host of HER/MUSIC;HER/STORY, a mini-series on WQXR as well as a concert series that shines a light on women composers, past and present.  Donna was awarded a New York Women Composers grant for 2022. She was the guest speaker on TEDx Santa Barbara’s series Making Waves: Conversations with Influencers and Disruptors. Donna is the Artistic Advisor of Ariel Rivka Dance, an all-female dance company. Together they will share stories of heritage and harmony through music and dance.

 

In January and April 2021, Donna was the featured guest artist on the National Women’s History Museum’s series NWHM Presents: Sundays@Home, honoring women whose activism and talents serve to inspire others.  On March 8th, 2022, she launched a new education program in collaboration with the National Women’s History Museum called Heritage and Harmony: Her Art, Her Voice, featuring leading female BIPOC role models in the arts who share their stories of heritage, their challenges and their triumphs, as they seek to inspire and empower future generations of groundbreaking young women. 

 

Donna has performed in concert halls worldwide, and appeared as soloist with major symphony orchestras, including the Atlanta, Philadelphia and Shanghai Symphony Orchestras. 

The curator of the Donna Weng Friedman '80 Master Class Series at Princeton University, she is also a member of Princeton University Music Department’s Advisory Council.  Donna received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University where she was a University Scholar and a Master of Music Degree from the Juilliard School. She had the honor of studying with the great pedagogue Nadia Boulanger, as well as the incomparable pianist Radu Lupu.

She was the music supervisor and recording artist for the award-winning film documentary “Frames of Life” as well as for the documentaries “Living Liberty” and “Morris Engle: The Independent”.  Ms. Weng Friedman created “The Music Bee Club” interactive classical music app series for children ages 2-8 featuring world class musicians, such as principal cellist of the NY Philharmonic Carter Brey and flutist Elizabeth Mann, produced by twentyone-time Grammy Award winner David Frost.

 

 

I really admire in her story the instinct to take action, the willingness to use her strengths to create change in the world. How can you imagine doing something similar? 

Find Donna at her website, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

Building a creative business? You need to check out the Ultimate Music Business Summit this January! I'll be presenting, and so will over two dozen other musicpreneurs! 

Thinking of trying FONS to streamline scheduling and payment for your music studio? Click HERE for my affiliate link and a free two week trial! 

Theme music and audio editing by DreamVance.

You can join my email list HERE, so you never miss an episode!

Or you could hop on a short call with me to brainstorm your next plan. 

I'm your host, Jennet Ingle. I love you all. Stay safe out there!

Nov 1, 2022

Recently I've started sharing little short stories and advices and ideas on social media each week. I think they might be enjoyable, and I hope they might be helpful! 

This week: What do running, the oboe, and online business have in common? 

Answer: They're all easier if you allow them to be! 

Make sure you SUBSCRIBE to Crushing Classical, and maybe even leave a nice review! 

You can join my email list HERE, so you never miss an episode!

Or you could hop on a short call with me to brainstorm your next plan. 

I'm your host, Jennet Ingle. I love you all. Stay safe out there!

 

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