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Author, songwriter, musician, and performer Matt Wilson explores topics covered in his book Hooks: Lessons on Performance, Business, and Life from a Working Musician. Guests from all walks of life share personal and professional experiences on performance, confidence, courage & fear, perspective, creativity, expectations, management, and skills.

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Author, songwriter, musician, and performer Matt Wilson explores topics covered in his book Hooks: Lessons on Performance, Business, and Life from a Working Musician. Guests from all walks of life share personal and professional experiences on performance, confidence, courage & fear, perspective, creativity, expectations, management, and skills.

    Stuart Malina: Tony Award-Winning Music Director/Conductor/Pianist on Creating Movin' Out with Twyla Tharp and Strategies for Masterful Performance

    Stuart Malina: Tony Award-Winning Music Director/Conductor/Pianist on Creating Movin' Out with Twyla Tharp and Strategies for Masterful Performance

    Drawing on the concepts presented in Matt's book, Hooks: Lessons on Performance, Business, and Life from a Working Musician, Stuart Malina  joins Matt to discuss
    his role in creating Movin' Out and a reflection on the show 20 years later,multiple strategies for masterful performance,utilizing and discerning opinions,and maintaining a balanced perspective professionally and personally.In a wide variety of concerts, from masterworks and grand opera to pops, Stuart Malina's ease on the podium, engaging personality, and insightful interpretations have thrilled audiences and helped break down the barriers between performer and listener.
    This year marks Stuart's 22nd season as Music Director and conductor of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra. In June 2022, he was named Music Director of the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra in Greenwich, CT, where he will begin conducting concerts in September of 2023. Throughout his career, he has conducted and directed multiple orchestras around the world. His Carnegie Hall debut was in 2007, where he conducted the New York Pops in an all-Gershwin tribute, including Rhapsody in Blue, which he conducted from the keyboard.
    He's also an accomplished pianist; Stuart has impressive credits as a soloist and chamber musician. He has performed concertos in Harrisburg, Greensboro, Charleston, New York, and Chautauqua, most often conducting from the keyboard. As a composer and arranger, he has created dozens of orchestral works, ranging from entire pops shows to works for symphony orchestra. His most recent composition, Common Fanfare for an Uncommon Orchestra, received its world premiere by the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra in September 2017.
    Stuart's activities also extend to Broadway. In 2003, he won the Tony award for orchestration with Billy Joel for the musical Movin' Out. He acted in Terrence McNally's Tony Award-winning play Master Class, opposite Zoe Caldwell and Audra MacDonald, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He has also served as associate conductor of the national touring company of West Side Story and as conductor of the Charleston production of Porgy and Bess. 
    In May 2020, Stuart received an honorary doctorate from Lebanon Valley College. He has received the Joanne Rogers Award for contribution to the artistic life of Pennsylvania, the Jump Street Spectrum Award, the Lebanon Valley College's 2012 Founders Day, the Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts from Theater Harrisburg, and Leadership Harrisburg's Platinum Award for Servant Leadership.

    Stuart holds degrees from Harvard University, the Yale School of Music, and the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied conducting with Otto-Werner Mueller. He studied piano with Drora and Baruch Arnon and with Keiko Sato.
     
     He resides in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Marty. They are the proud parents of two children, Sara and Zev.  Stuartmalina.com

    Matt Wilson gained national exposure as the "Piano Man" in the First National Tour of the Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp's Tony-award-winning musical Movin' Out. In 2005, the Texas State Senate honored Matt with a resolution for his achievements in Fine Arts, and he was accepted to the 2016 - 2018 Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster. Matt continues to tour with his band, headlining numerous public, private, and social events of all sizes. 

    In 2021, Matt released his first book, Hooks: Lessons on Performance, Business, and Life from a Working Musician, available on Amazon and iBooks.
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    Ross Shafer: Emmy Award-winning TV host/comedian turned keynote speaker on recreating success.

    Ross Shafer: Emmy Award-winning TV host/comedian turned keynote speaker on recreating success.

    Drawing on the concepts presented in Matt’s book, Hooks: Lessons on Performance, Business, and Life from a Working Musician, Ross Shafer joins Matt to discuss


    Identifying and aligning skills for reinventing yourself professionally.Finding meaning within the mundane and how to reframe your day-to-day endeavors.How to draw confidence from what sets you apart.A few performance tips for the stage.Recreating success after failure or when taking on a new endeavor.In addition, Ross shares some cool stories from his years in comedy and television. 


    Ross Shafer is a six-time Emmy Award-winning TV broadcaster & comedian and has hosted talk and game shows on NBC, ABC, FOX, MGM, and USA Network. He is the author of ten business books on growth, motivation, customer experience, and accountability. A writer/producer of 14 Human Resource films. Ross has served as the keynote speaker for over 2,500 events worldwide and is a national Speaker Assn. Hall of Fame recipient. https://rossshafer.com


    Matt Wilson gained national exposure as the “Piano Man” in the First National Tour of the Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp’s Tony-award-winning musical Movin’ Out. In 2005, the Texas State Senate honored Matt with a resolution for his achievements in Fine Arts, and he was accepted to the 2016 - 2018 Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster. Matt continues to tour with his band, headlining numerous public, private, and social events. 


    In 2021, Matt released his first book, Hooks: Lessons on Performance, Business, and Life from a Working Musician, available on Amazon and iBooks.


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    Episode 8: Strategies for Building and Maintaining an Online and Profitable Presence for Your Brand

    Episode 8: Strategies for Building and Maintaining an Online and Profitable Presence for Your Brand

    Drawing on the concepts presented in Matt’s book, Hooks: Lessons on Performance, Business, and Life from a Working Musician, Dan Holmes joins Matt to discuss
    specific tips for building and maintaining an online presence,the role specificity plays in your brand, andthe importance of finding joy in what you are selling.Dan Holmes is a professional musician, songwriter, entertainer, and founder of Allrequestpiano.com. Dan and his partner, Heather Ray, perform over 200 shows a year as All Request Piano. Through Dan’s management, allrequestpiano.com maintains an online presence that generates tangible and profitable returns. Dan is a respected musician and performer in the Central Texas area and beyond—Danholmesgroup.com
    Matt Wilson gained national exposure as the Piano Man in the First National Tour of the Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp’s Tony-award-winning musical Movin’ Out. In 2005, the Texas State Senate honored Matt with a resolution for his achievements in Fine Arts, and he was accepted to the 2016 - 2018 Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster. Matt continues to tour with his band, headlining numerous public, private, and social events of all sizes. 
    In 2021, Matt released his first book, Hooks: Lessons on Performance, Business, and Life from a Working Musician, available on Amazon and iBooks.


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    Episode 7: Meaningful Reinvention with Guest Tim Levy. Strategies for Personal and Professional Reinvention, Seeking Challenges, and How to Focus Your Gaze.

    Episode 7: Meaningful Reinvention with Guest Tim Levy. Strategies for Personal and Professional Reinvention, Seeking Challenges, and How to Focus Your Gaze.

    Drawing on the concepts presented in Matt’s book, Hooks: Lessons on Performance, Business, and Life from a Working Musician, Tim Levy joins Matt to discuss
    the importance of personal and professional reinvention and how to do it,why you should seek to find meaningful and challenging endeavors, and the pitfalls of becoming attached to the future and what it means to choose a wide or narrow gaze.Tim Levy is an author, speaker, marketing and business consultant, film and TV producer, and performer. His Australian-based company Tim Levy and Associates consults companies worldwide on marketing, content, and online strategies. Tim also formed Resonant Blue Studios, a new production company focused on short and feature film production targeting meaningful stories that bring a little light and laughter into the world. Timlevy.net
    Matt Wilson gained national exposure as the “Piano Man” in the First National Tour of the Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp’s Tony-award-winning musical Movin’ Out. In 2005, the Texas State Senate honored Matt with a resolution for his achievements in Fine Arts, and he was accepted to the 2016 - 2018 Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster. Matt continues to tour with his band, headlining numerous public, private, and social events of all sizes. 
    In 2021, Matt released his first book, Hooks: Lessons on Performance, Business, and Life from a Working Musician, available on Amazon and iBooks.
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    Episode 6: A Discussion on Confidence, the Contagious Nature of Anxiety, Composure and Edgy Performance Banter, and the Benefits of Sincere Compliments with the Reverend Merrill Wade.

    Episode 6: A Discussion on Confidence, the Contagious Nature of Anxiety, Composure and Edgy Performance Banter, and the Benefits of Sincere Compliments with the Reverend Merrill Wade.

    Drawing on the concepts presented in Matt’s book, Hooks: Lessons on Performance, Business, and Life from a Working Musician, the Reverend Merrill Wade joins Matt to discuss
    tactful delivery and the art of remaining composed during a performance or presentation,finding faith in the ability to build confidence,how to discern and manage anxious environments and communication, andthe necessity and benefits of sincere compliments. (The Reverend) Merrill Wade is a recently retired Episcopal priest living in Austin, Texas. Raised on Air Force bases in Florida, Morocco, and Kansas, his family settled in Fort Worth, Texas in the mid-1960s. Merrill graduated from the University of Texas in 1976. He worked in the oil and gas industry for the next nine years, the last six years as a petroleum land manager in Jackson, Mississippi. In 1986 he made a career change, and after having attended and graduated from General Theological Seminary in New York City, he was ordained an Episcopal minister in 1989. Merrill served three congregations in Mississippi (Vicksburg, Long Beach, and Meridian) over the next 13 years. In 2002 he and his wife Crystal and their two young children were called to Austin, Texas, where Merrill served as the Rector of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church for 17 years, retiring in the Fall of 2019. A music lover, Merrill and St. Matthew’s launched a singer-songwriter series in Austin called the Soul of a Musician Series in 2013. The Soul Series affectionately focused on the heart and soul of the musicians seeking to honor their creativity and vocation. Merrill has spoken on music issues at the South by Southwest Music Conference four times and, on occasion, is interviewed on local “sports talk” radio as an informed live music curator. Merrill is excited about offering his 31 years of non-profit leadership experience in the South and Southwest in support of the staff and board of This is Noteworthy. 
    Matt Wilson gained national exposure as the “Piano Man” in the First National Tour of the Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp’s Tony-award-winning musical Movin’ Out. In 2005, the Texas State Senate honored Matt with a resolution for his achievements in Fine Arts, and he was accepted to the 2016 - 2018 Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster. Matt continues to tour with his band, headlining numerous public, private, and social events of all sizes. 
    In 2021, Matt released his first book, Hooks: Lessons on Performance, Business, and Life from a Working Musician, available on Amazon and iBooks.
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    Episode 5: How To Manage Valuable Resources and Frustration Tolerance, The Four Steps To Learning, and an In-Depth Discussion on How vs. Why with Debbie Stanley

    Episode 5: How To Manage Valuable Resources and Frustration Tolerance, The Four Steps To Learning, and an In-Depth Discussion on How vs. Why with Debbie Stanley

    Drawing on the concepts presented in Matt's book, Hooks: Lessons on Performance, Business, and Life from a Working Musician, Debbie joins Matt to discuss
    the 4-part sequence to learning, identifying Learned Helplessness and Imposter Syndrome, how to identify and allocate your most valuable resources,identifying and managing Frustration Tolerance,strategies for managing difficult team members, bandmates, and associates, and how and when to establish professional and personal boundaries. A licensed mental health counselor and organizational psychologist with extensive field experience, Debbie has advised individual and corporate clients across all industries and established herself as a speaker, instructor, and author since founding her company, Thoughts In Order, in 1997. In 2012 she moved to Austin, Texas, and sharpened her focus to the music industry, digging into the systems that drive every aspect of a music career, including booking, touring, production, marketing and promotion, recording and distribution, copyright and royalties, and the wellbeing and protection of artists and their creative gifts. Her past and current project portfolio range from large-scale conference and festival production to one-on-one consultation and coaching of music creators and industry professionals. Her educational background includes an MS in mental health counseling, MA in industrial/organizational psychology, and BFA in journalism.​
    ​Debbie's latest book, The Organized Musician, helps independent artists around the world to get their act together and live their dream of a career in music. Well-received as the basis of her South by Southwest presentation "Time Management for Musicians," The Organized Musician has become a workbook, touchstone, and traveling companion for artists throughout the U.S. and beyond. Her next book, Modern Music Patronage, will teach music fans how to give substantive support to the artists they love in the post-pandemic age of independent music. 
    Debbie has offered books and courses for her organizing and productivity-industry peers for over twenty years as an educator. She is the author of books including Newbie Pitfalls and Ethical Pitfalls for Professional Organizers; the developer and instructor of "Fundamental Organizing and Productivity Principles," a flagship course of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals, as well as other courses in the NAPO curriculum; and a frequent conference presenter. Debbie is also honored to be a curator of the Austin Public Library's Electric Lady Bird streaming music catalog, a South By Southwest Music Conference Advisory Board member, and a Professional Member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
    Matt Wilson gained national exposure as the "Piano Man" in the First National Tour of the Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp's Tony-award-winning musical Movin' Out. In 2005, the Texas State Senate honored Matt with a resolution for his achievements in Fine Arts, and he was accepted to the 2016 - 2018 Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster. Matt continues to tour with his band, headlining numerous public, private, and social events of all sizes. 
    In 2021, Matt released his first book, Hooks: Lessons on Performance, Business, and Life from a Working Musician, available on Amazon and iBooks. 


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    • 1 hr 52 min

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