Podcast by Institute for Music Leadership
S3E2 - Making Changes with Scott Stratton
ESM alum Scott Stratton transitioned away from a career as a full-time trombonist and educator, and now works as a Certified Financial Planner. In this episode, Scott details his journey to make changes to suit his ambitions, while still making music regularly.
S3 E1 - Examining Values: A Conversation with Michael Wayne
Michael Wayne joined the Eastman School of Music faculty in the fall of 2021 as the Associate Professor of Clarinet, having prior performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, and the Kansas City Symphony. In this episode, Zach Goldstein chats with Michael about his career journey and values that led him to his new position.
MSEp10 Bonus Go Try; Go Fail
Educating yourself outside of school. You may have heard the common analogy that school is a bubble. The outside world works very differently than school does, and it is important to test the waters while you still have your school support system.
"Go out and try because you'll be surprised how many things you learn, how many people you meet and how you can grow trying these things out and testing out stuff outside of school." - Dr. Blaire Koerner
Stepping Off the Path: an interview with Molly Sonsteng
Molly Sonsteng was the director of admissions at the Manhattan School of Music and had just completed a Master's at Columbia Teacher's College with her eye on rising through the ranks in higher ed. Then, one day, with no back-up plan, she just quit. After taking some time, brainstorming, researching, and exploring, she ended up co-founding Madcap Factory, an "amusingly eccentric production house." A few years later, she started Caveday, facilitated work sessions that happen in a group to enhance focus.
PhD candidate Pallas Catanella interviews Molly and asks about her journey from academia into something completely different. What skills did she need to learn, and what skills were transferable from her previous career? Let's get curious.
MSEp9 Sustainable Work and Mental Health
With many musicians jostled out of typical routines due to COVID-19, it is especially important to prioritize sustainable work and mental health in the present as well as in our plans for the future. What are your values? How can you keep your tank full so that you're not running on empty? How can you prevent burnout? What do you do if it's too late?
If you plan to become an orchestral performer, you will need to unionize. Dr. Koerner demystifies the process and what it means not only for orchestral performers, but freelancers, and other professional musicians.