Inside the Notes is a classical music podcast by musicians, for musicians. Here we talk shop, and recall vivid memories of our journey in music. We strive to maintain the rich heritage of storytelling, and continue to keep ourselves connected to the incredible artists who came before us.
Christina Smith, flute
Christina Smith, principal flute of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, shares incredible stories of her career in music. We discuss studying with Julius Baker, her vintage flutes, life in the Atlanta Symphony and how teaching recharges and energizes her. Christina's passion for music and love of playing is inspiring and engaging!
Grace Browning, harp
In this episode, Grace Browning, principal harp of the Rochester Philharmonic, shares stories about her life as a harpist. We discuss audition preparation, the history of harp pedagogy, the innovations of the modern harp, and how social media is making the harp cool.
Weston Sprott, trombone
In this episode, we are chatting with Weston Sprott, trombone with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and Dean of the Preparatory Division of the Juilliard School. We chat about the unique journey that Weston took into the world of music, memorable performances, and the dreams he has for his role as Dean.
Andrew Parker, oboe
In this episode we are chatting with assistant professor of oboe at the Butler School of Music, Dr. Andrew Parker. He tells us stories of his journey as a young musician, choosing between piano and oboe, the experiences that helped him develop his confidence as a person and player, and learning to excel alongside performance anxiety.
Daniel Hege, conductor
In this episode, conductor Daniel Hege, discusses the defining moments in his career. From a last minute opportunity to conduct the Baltimore Symphony on tour, to studying with Daniel Lewis, his journey has been filled with twists and turns that highlight his joyous demeanor, courageous attitude, and preparation. Enjoy these stories from the Music Director of the Wichita Symphony.
Rob Weir, bassoon
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra bassoonist, Rob Weir, chats with Inside the Notes about his career. Touring Mahler symphonies with Michael Tilson Thomas, performing with the Saito Kinen Orchestra, and studying with Bernard Garfield are a few of the many important moments that shaped his life as a musician. Here we discuss those experiences and hear the stories that shaped his life.
Such a delight!
Such a delight to listen to the intimate and personal stories of each musician! Host Erika Block asks just the right questions that inspire the guests to share stories you would never otherwise hear, which are as unique and diverse as the guests themselves. Keep them coming!