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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: March, 2024

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

Mar 29, 2024

Thanks for sticking with me through this 5 day challenge! Today, we recapped a bit about the three pillars of Time, Money, and Joy that are available for us to adjust all the time, within our portfolio careers. I hope you've been able to take a little bit of agency around these pillars this week!

Here’s my question - NOW WHAT?

What are you going to do with the time you’ve created, the income you’ve improved, the space you’ve opened up by saying NO? What is the project you really want to see in the world? Is it an artistic project? An educational one? Is there a new income stream you want to build for yourself? Because it is UP TO YOU.

Today I opened early enrollment for the Happiest Musician Accelerator, a three month program that helps musicians to uncap their income and thrive in their creative career.​

I invite you to book a call with me so we can chat about what is going on in your life, what you hope to create, and whether the program is a good fit for you. In my experience, I’ve found that this discovery call itself can have a lot of value for people, whether or not you decide to go forward and enroll - there’s a real magic to exploring your ideas with a live person. On that call you’ll get a taste of the way I might coach you in the program.

I'm passionate about this topic because I want to see more creatives thriving in the world. Your artistry MATTERS.

Mar 28, 2024

I'm sharing my live challenge with you this week! Listen along to snippets of our daily live sessions: Seeking Work Life Balance for the Working Living Musician!

Today we talked about JOY. What are the things you love the most to do or experience, and how can you tweak your portfolio to do MORE of the things you love and FEWER of the things you don't? 

If you'd like to join us in the room for the rest of the week, or enjoy the full replays, register HERE for free! 

Mar 27, 2024

I'm sharing my live challenge with you this week! Listen along to snippets of our daily live sessions: Seeking Work Life Balance for the Working Living Musician!

Today we talked about TIME. How every YES has a NO in it, how to prioritize YOURSELF, how to take control of your time so you can do what YOU want. 

If you'd like to join us in the room for the rest of the week, or enjoy the full replays, register HERE for free! 

And if anything in these conversations sparks you, book a call and let's talk about what's coming up!

Mar 26, 2024

I'm sharing my live challenge with you this week! Listen along to snippets of our daily live sessions: Seeking Work Life Balance for the Working Living Musician!

Today we talked about the money. How to get clear on the outflows, how to stop playing games with the money - and how to optimize your income portfolio to bring you what you want! 

If you'd like to join us in the room for the rest of the week, or enjoy the full replays, register HERE for free! 

And if anything in these conversations sparks you, book a call and let's talk about what's coming up!

Mar 25, 2024

I'm sharing my live challenge with you this week! Listen along to snippets of our daily live sessions: Seeking Work Life Balance for the Working Living Musician! 

Today we talked about how hard it can be for us, as musicians, to make our livings and how we all do a million things both artistic and non-. The OPPORTUNITY I see here is that because we are doing so many things, because all of those things are within our power to start and stop, we can CHOOSE to optimize our portfolio to create the life we want, with our own mix of creativity, artistry, financial ease, rest...

If you'd like to join us in the room for the rest of the week, or enjoy the full replays, register HERE for free! 

And if anything in these conversations sparks you, book a call and let's talk about what's coming up!

Mar 21, 2024

I'm offering a FREE Five Day Challenge starting March 25. Seeking Work-Life Balance, for the WORKING, LIVING Musician. We'll meet on zoom (or you'll enjoy the replay) every day to look at how you could intentionally rebalance your pillars of MONEY, TIME, and JOY and thrive in your creative career!

Register here

 

Today you'll hear my interview with Brendan Slocumb, whose life was changed by the books he wrote during the pandemic! 

I read the Violin Conspiracy a year or so ago, on the recommendation of a non-musical friend. When your thriller, based in the world of classical music, is picked up and enjoyed by people outside of our insular little world, and when it has something really important to say about money and family and race and music and about the world we live in now - that is something we should all be paying attention to! 

 

Brendan Nicholaus Slocumb was raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a degree in music education, concentrations on Violin and Viola. For the past two decades, he has been a public and private school music educator from kindergarten through twelfth grade, teaching general music, orchestra and guitar ensembles. His students were often chosen for district and regional orchestras. In 2005, Brendan was named Teacher of the Year for Robert E. Lee High School; he has been named to Who’s Who of American teachers, and is a Nobel Teacher of distinction. Brendan also serves as an educational consultant for the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. 

Music has always played a major part of Brendan’s life. He believes that it’s a life-saving force, and a gift we should always offer our children. When he was nine, he started playing violin through a public school music program. Friends he grew up with are today sitting in jail; when they were out running the streets, he was in rehearsals. When they were breaking into people’s houses, he was practicing Dvorak and Mozart. His violin opened the door to opportunity, and he ran through it. Since then, Brendan has performed with the Washington Metropolitan Symphony, the McLean Symphony, the Prince George's Philharmonic, and the Alexandria Symphony. He has served  as the concertmaster for the NOVA-Annandale Symphony Orchestra and regularly performs chamber music with members of the Alexandria Chamber Music Society. He maintains a private music studio teaching lessons to students on violin, guitar and piano. Brendan believes that everyone can learn to appreciate and love music, and that it can be a new way of communicating, building bonds, and connecting with people who may look, sound, or speak differently. 

In 2022, Brendan published his first novel, THE VIOLIN CONSPIRACY (Anchor Books), a GMA Book Club Pick, the  riveting story of a young Black musician who discovers that his old family fiddle is actually a priceless Stradivarius: when it’s stolen on the eve of the world’s most prestigious classical music competition, he risks everything to get it back. In 2023, Brendan published his second novel, SYMPHONY OF SECRETS (Anchor Books), about a music historian who discovers that the world's greatest composer may have stolen the music from a neurodivergent Black woman – and the powers-that-be will do anything to silence the historian.  Brendan is now at work on his third novel, to be published in early 2025.

You can find Brendan at his website, or follow him on Instagram @brendanslocumb 

 

 

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

Thanks for joining me on Crushing Classical! 

Theme music by DreamVance.

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

I help people to lean into their creative careers and start or grow their income streams. You can read more or hop onto a short discovery call from my website.

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

 

 

 

Mar 14, 2024

I love performing, but when it comes in a surge like it has this week, it reminds me that the cap exists. This is beyond the maximum amount of time I can spend playing in orchestras. But what if I need more money than this? Or need to have a life that works for ME? 

 

I'm offering a FREE Five Day Challenge starting March 25. Seeking Work-Life Balance, for the WORKING, LIVING Musician. We'll meet on zoom (or you'll enjoy the replay) every day to look at how you could intentionally rebalance your pillars of MONEY, TIME, and JOY and thrive in your creative career!

Register here

 

Thanks for joining me on Crushing Classical! 

Theme music by DreamVance.

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

I help people to lean into their creative careers and start or grow their income streams. You can read more or hop onto a short discovery call from my website.

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

 

 

Mar 7, 2024

It's incredible to speak with Helen Cha-Pyo because she is so filled with joy and wisdom.  Her optimism about the next generation of humans is inspiring, as is her mission and story. This is a feel-good episode if I've ever recorded one! 

What is YOUR artistic mission statement? You'll want to lean into this question as you listen to Helen's story!

Helen H. Cha-Pyo, the current Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts, leads an organization that serves nearly 2,000 students from 12 New Jersey counties. Her impactful leadership spans across four key programs: the Wharton Performing Arts School, New Jersey Youth Symphony, New Jersey Youth Chorus, and the Paterson Music Project. In her role as the Principal Conductor of the New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS), she has led tours to Italy and France, championing the performance of works by women and BIPOC composers, effectively amplifying the voices of underrepresented composers. Under her guidance, NJYS had the distinguished honor of performing at the Juneteenth Celebration concert at Carnegie Hall (2022) and the Motif Award Ceremony at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (2023). 

Prior to her role at Wharton Arts, Cha-Pyo served as Music Director and Conductor of the Empire State Youth Orchestra (ESYO) for 16 years. Her tenure was marked by the orchestra's transformative international tours to Germany, Czech Republic, China, Korea and Portugal. Her dedication to promoting works by American composers earned ESYO the prestigious ASCAP's Adventurous Programming Awards. Her positive impact extended to the founding of ESYO CHIME in 2015, a program dedicated to serving underprivileged youth in Schenectady and Troy, NY. In 2018, ESYO introduced the Helen Cha-Pyo Golden Baton Award and Scholarships to honor students who shared her passion for using music to uplift and enrich communities. 

Cha-Pyo's contributions have been recognized with prestigious awards, including The Dove Leadership Award from the David & Dovetta Wilson Scholarship Fund in 2019, and the Angelos Artist Award from the Angelos Mission Ensemble in 2022. She was further honored with the Eastman Centennial Award from the Eastman School of Music in the same year. 

You can check out Wharton Arts at its website, or follow Helen Cha-Pyo at her website, Facebook, or Instagram.

 

Psst - I’m entering my pre-launch phase for the Happiest Musician Accelerator, a three month group program designed to help classical musicians uncap their income and thrive in their creative careers. If you have been feeling like there’s MORE out there for you - but something is keeping you stuck?  I’d love to speak with you. I have secret early-enrollment offers that are only available this week and next - email me or hop on a discovery call to find out more. 

 

Thanks for joining me on Crushing Classical! 

Theme music and audio editing by DreamVance.

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

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

 

 

 

 

Mar 5, 2024

Psst - I’m entering my pre-launch phase for the Happiest Musician Accelerator, a three month group program designed to help classical musicians uncap their income and thrive in their creative careers. If you have been feeling like there’s MORE out there for you - but something is keeping you stuck?  I’d love to speak with you. I have secret early-enrollment offers that are only available this week and next - email me or hop on a discovery call to find out more. 

Is it time to CLEAN UP your money conversations? Is it time to GET MORE PAID?  Let's all agree to NOT be like my friend's daughter's guitar teacher!

 

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!

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

 

 

 

 

 

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