Music Publishing Podcast

Nuts and bolts discussions on the business and practical aspects of being a composer in the 21st century, with host Dennis Tobenski.
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Jul 26, 2016

Composer & conductor Dominick DiOrio is a supremely talented musician, and we have many friends in common who have raved about him to me over the years. He's a widely-respected choral conductor, and a huge champion of new music, so I've been interested in getting him on the show from the word "go".

We have a few audio issues at the beginning of the episode, but everything smooths out nicely after a few minutes, and we have a really wonderful chat.

In the course of our conversation, we talk about:
<li>Wearing the dual hats of conductor and composer</li>
<li>How performative pursuits can inform your writing, and vice versa</li>
<li>Common score review practices for choral conductors</li>
<li>Composers who have (or don’t have) a vocal sensibility</li>
<li>Adjudicating competitions, and what disqualifies many entries in the first round</li>
<li>Recording requirements in competitions</li>
<li>The evolution of choral music in the US, and its effect on choral writing</li>
<li>The affinity toward new music in the choral world</li>
<li>Operatic vocal technique as the primary style taught to voice majors</li>
<li>Self-conscious composition</li>
<li>Giving students compositional tools without pushing them into a particular style</li>
<li>Submitting works to conductors and ensembles</li>

<a href="" target="_blank">Dominick DiOrio</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">NOTUS: IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Graphite Press</a>

Jul 13, 2016

Alexandra Gardner is a great composer who, thanks in no small part to her time as an Associate Editor for NewMusicBox, knows a lot about the nuts and bolts workings of the concert music world. For this week, she and I sat down to talk about a wide range of practical considerations for composers.

  • During our conversation, we touched on:
  • Pricing your scores
  • Comparing your prices to similar scores by other self-publishied composers or put out by traditional publishers
  • Prices that reflect blood, sweat, and tears cs. those that reflect concrete costs of printing & binding
  • Taking where you are in your career into consideration when pricing your scores
  • Composer web sites
  • Integrating your non-musical interests into your composer site to make it more interesting and engaging
  • Making your site easy to navigate, and your materials/info easy to find
  • Providing the information that performers and presenters need
  • Information redundancies across your site
  • Taking into account the Luddites in the concert music world when making your site
  • Evaluating the use of your time honestly
  • Advice and “your mileaeg may vary”
  • Getting your doctorate
  • Gaining skills from non-musical day jobs
  • Networking and how we perceive it
  • Capital “N” Networking vs. lower-case “n” networking
  • Contacting new people

Alexandra Gardner
Alex for NewMusicBox
“Fair Trade for Sheet Music” by Dennis Tobenski
Alex Shapiro: Notes from the Kelp

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Jul 6, 2016

After having never met Rob Deemer before in person, I had TWO conversations with him in less than a week for the podcast! Conversation No. 1 was marred by some unexpected audio issues, so we re-recorded less than a week later, and that's what you're getting this week.

During Convo No. 2, we talked about:

<ul><li>How side projects can boost your career</li>
<li>Being able to talk about your music</li>
<li>Labels as specifiers &amp; Labels as marketing</li>
<li>Drawing parallels between concert music and other fields</li>
<li>The ways we talk about “new music”</li>
<li>Music as an Experience</li>
<li>Program notes</li>
<li>Social media as a serious form of professional communication</li>
<li>Interacting with musicians when you (or they) live outside of a major metropolitan area</li>
<li>Teaching inexperienced artists how to interact on social media</li>
<li>Forming deeper relationships online</li>
<li>Building community in different ways</li>
<li>Relating public professional interactions to professional didactic experiences</li>
<li>Operating as a professional online</li>
<li>Being human and approachable online</li>
<li>Teaching teachers to compose</li>
<li>Teaching entrepreneurship and business skills</li>
<li>The history of self publishing &amp; the history of teaching music in universities</li>
<li>Career trajectories</li>
<li>Short term gains vs. long term sacrifices in publishing</li>
<li>Making educated and thoughtful business decisions</li>
<li>Balancing your time between admin tasks and writing</li></ul>


Since we covered such vastly different material in each conversation (of course with not-insignificant overlap), we've decided to offer our first conversation as "bonus content" for this week's episode, if you don't mind listening to "the sexiest voice in classical music" through a slight haze of static. Download it <a href="" target="_blank">HERE</a>.