How Savvy Are You?

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The Savvy Musician by David CutlerJust like your instrument, The Savvy Musician: Building a Career, Earning a Living & Making a Difference is a tool for your toolbox. And if there's one thing I've seen that more musicians need, it's business skills.

 

In college and grad school, no one pulled me aside and said, "Hey, did you know that you'll be an entrepreneur for the rest of your life and everything that goes into your career you'll have to generate yourself?" If they had, well, we'd all be reading a different blog entry right now.

 

Over the years I've created several lists of skills every performer needs from "time management/scheduling" to "flexibility, sightreading, networking, branding" and the like. Thankfully Dorothy Wu, Co-Founder of NotesontheRoad.com, told me about David Cutler's book

 

The Savvy Musician: Building a Career, Earning a Living & Making a Difference. I've already implemented ideas from this book and as I can personally attest to, it's an extremely valuable tool for your toolbox!

 

Stay tuned for my next tip for Musical Entrepreneurship Success!

Now Available for Download!

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Now Available at iTunes and CDBaby.com!

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"Fly Wtih Me," "Maybe So," and "Siana," all composed by Catherine Dalton, are available for download on iTunes and CDBaby.com. For more, please click on the links above or take a look in the Listening Room!

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This is our and my first digital release and Catherine and I are proud and excited to share our work with you.

Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra Review Is In!

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin's Third Coast Digest reviewed last weekend's concertof Pergolesi's "Stabat Mater" with Soprano Amy Conn and the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Richard Hynson. Reviewer Barbara Castonguay had the following to say:  "Warner’s hearty mezzo brims with caramel and chocolate richness." Thank you, Ms. Castonguay!

Be sure to check out the post-concert picture in the Picture Gallery.

Warner Named Co-Winner of Bel Canto Chorus RAC

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In May, soprano Amy Conn and mezzo-soprano Nicole Warner were named co-winners of the Bel Canto Chorus Regional Artists Competition in Milwaukee, WI.

From the press release:

Both Conn and Warner will be performing Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra on September 19, 2010.

The Bel Canto Regional Artists Competition was established to encourage and support singers who reside in or originate from Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Ohio.  Previous winners of the Competition have gone on to sing on nationally recognized stages throughout the United States and Europe, including the Metropolitan Opera.

Now in its 80th year, Bel Canto Chorus is Milwaukee’s oldest, continually performing arts organization.  Bel Canto is a premier choral group composed of approximately 100 voices from communities in southeastern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois whose mission is to enrich its audiences, its singing members and the community through the outstanding presentation of the finest choral music that appeals to the head and the heart.