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  • What will make your affordable concerts more successful? Sharing, partnership, collaboration all extend to venues as well as other performersThe bottom line response to these three misconceptions (and more) is an upbeat, encouraging statement “nobody owes me anything!” Some folk look down on such a phrase and get depressed. Well, that will be your choice. I see it as a very freeing perspective that allows…
  • 3 powerful performance strategies that will make you money Chamber music at Sandy Springs LibraryYou have spent years developing your craft. Time for payback, right? But time is probably the one thing you’d love more of and simply can’t get. So here are three workable strategies to help you make the most of the time you do have, and increase your income whilst you’re at it.
  • 5 secrets to more rewarding musical collaborations CollaborationProbably the most rewarding aspect of anything artistic is eyes & ears, a.k.a. The audience. Even if you do create something stunning there seems to be little closure until it is shared with someone. Here are 5 secrets to maximize your reward.
  • How to make classical music concerts awesome again Cello and Violin sharing music at homeIn his TED talk Ben Zander suggests that everyone DOES love classical music concerts, but that the music is not the problem. The way it is presented and shared could be the problem. You can change that right now. Take ownership of live music and share it.
  • What makes me tick? What makes Stephen P Brown tick?This does. In SO many ways. Afterwards, tell me what you think of it (especially if you want to hear my observations and opinions!). Did you even get through the entire video?
  • Do you remember when? TearApplause does make us feel good, and it is the easiest way for audiences to let us know they liked what we did for them. There are lots of people around us who say they don’t perform…
  • You Cott me thinking round peg square hole“The arts are finally at the adult table.” Ugh. I think that’s upside-down: like a child serving their teddies and parents fake tea from a tiny plastic teacup: at some point one of those parents must return from play land to…
  • This makes me so angry Opera audiences in the ROTW are not declining as they are in the USAMy response: Highly educated in WHAT? For decades we have been drilling the arts OUT of education, out of people’s lives, and removing exposure…
  • Your resolutions are too extreme New Year's Resolutions Don't WorkIf some of your New Year’s Resolutions are already waning or behind schedule, have no fear. The first step to overcoming any concerns of failure is very simple. It is also the first step to establishing a healthy balance in life.
  • Harness your passion Stephen P Brown helps emerging and amateur musicians keep their balanceBalancing the need to survive with our desires to participate in music is how I help, and clearly the most pressing elements include…
  • Why “Go To A Concert?” Human InteractionWhy do 20,000 online bloggers meet for an in-person conference? What’s the difference between a smiling face and a video of someone smiling? It’s the same with music but on a deeper and more human level.
  • Annual Reader Survey 2014 – Summary Stephen P Brown's Annual Reader Survey 2014I am so very, very, VERY grateful that my cloud server deletion occurred just after my Annual Reader Survey, which I outsourced! The results and my analysis were not lost and I can share them with you now, a little earlier than anticipated (because it’s so exciting!) This is the first year I invited participation from everyone interested in ...
  • Never Ending Is it true that one’s dreams never leave? I’ve had a number of very clear and distinct dreams about conducting (more precisely, a film about a conductor – me) since my early teens when I discovered conducting. That dream haunts me still. I’m no good at writing stories, and especially screen plays, but the film/dream ...
  • Facebook OK, so since discovering FACEBOOK this weekend, nothing else got done. We even had to go OUT for dinner coz I was so engrossed I forgot to cook. Never mind. I LOVE facebook. But there’s so much to keep track of – this blog (yeah, right. More of an experiment than anything else), my websites, ...
  • Conducting Careers Life has many funny turns (and a few that aren’t quite so funny): Having mentioned to my dearest Melissa that a Conductor’s career usually won’t take off until he/she is in their mid-fifties, we realized I could, yet, embark upon a conducting career again. Wouldn’t that be cool? As I rapidly skid towards 40 we ...
  • Silver Jubilee Gala Concert It’s so exciting! Last night was my concert band’s first rehearsal of the new season, and we’re continuing to prep for an important gig on OCTOBER 19 – a celebration of 25 years of outreach and music making! What a program we have – the first half full of great popular classics (including no less ...
  • Big-time Time-beater Bashing THIS LINK links to an article by Tommy Pearson that bashes the Berlin(ER) Philharmonic(ER) and Simon Rattles’ performances at the British Proms earlier this month. Below is my brief response. I couldn’t resist. Read Tommy’s article first. Always wondered what the Big Rattling Deal was about – especially hearing stories from his players over the years. ...
  • Leadership in the Western World servant leadershipRegardless of what any leader says, as long as “I’m” OK, then things are fine. Something that MBAs COMPLETELY forget to teach (possibly on purpose) is that leaders should be facilitators.
  • New online presence What happened? I missed almost TWO weeks. Feels awful, but… there it is. So how do you like my new website http://www.stephenpbrown.com/? I was recommended to contact a fabulous little company and I think you’ll agree they did a fantastic job with the layout design. There are still lots of little bits to tweak, which ...
  • It’s Official – Artistic Director of the JSO in NYC! From: http://www.pr.com/press-release/110515 The Jubilee Symphony Orchestra is Delighted to Announce the Appointment of Stephen P Brown to the Orchestra’s Recently Created Position of Artistic Director New York, NY, October 12, 2008 — Known for thrilling performances and a wide variety of musical styles, Mr. Brown will conduct the orchestra for most of its performances in New York ...
  • Back on the BBC It’s been a while. Years. Probably 10 years if could be bothered to count, but at last I was back on the airwaves via BBC Radio Kent this morning. And I mean this morning. Dominic King’s show is 10am-1pm weekdays. That’s 5am-8am in NJ. So v. nice Mr. Producer Steve called me at 6:20am for a ...
  • Embarking on a musical career. Again. Musical RevivalBefore returning to America my living was made through music – performing, teaching and composing. Ever since childhood I developed and grew musical skills but never truly appreciated them . Since 2001 I have ventured into small business management, corporate USA, and even owned ...
  • Perspective Our entire life is one big fat glob of perspective, right? Without perspective we have no vision, common sense (Pah!), purpose, feeling, desire, or reason. Without perspective no-one would argue, call each other pathetic, ‘persuade’ others (the path to war), or vote. Without perspective how would we learn, grow, serve, earn, or laugh? The sudden passing of someone at ...
  • Poor, poor, poor taste http://classicalconvert.com/2008/11/breakfasts-ready/ Americans for the Arts. I’m sure they do better work, too. If this post from SPB was informative and good to read, subscribe to the RSS or via email, and share, like & tweet it. Remember to comment thoughtfully and send post ideas to [email protected] SPB thanks you for engaging in his world.
  • Self-pity vs. WHAT ARE YOU ON ABOUT?! Scott Ginsberg is a ‘professional speaker’. He wears a nametag 24/7 (Yuh. Tatooed on his chest. Like, his wife needs reminding?). Like Tom Peters, he generously spurts forth common sense and motivating loquations in exchange for large sums of money. And, he’s ten years younger than me. Like most nearly-forty-year-olds, I could catalog a host ...
  • A month of marketing Unashamed. Unbashful. Love it. I’ve always enjoyed ‘marketing’, particularly branding. Funny, especially seeing that one-to-one ‘sales’ isn’t one of my strong points. So, what’s December brought forth that’s gotten me so excited? SO excited, that I want to share… First, on the coldest Saturday December 13 in recorded history, I performed the obligatory posing in front ...
  • Bliss 9 – an arts festival This is a head’s up – a private insight into a forthcoming event of mine. AND, quite an exciting event, too. Bliss 9 is an arts festival in Morris County, NJ. For one night only, you’ll enjoy experiencing a whole variety of art forms including concerts, a dance show, painters, jewelry makers and sculptors… and my ...
  • An international ‘International Music Day’ I dreamt/dreamed up a new project today. Nothing new, you say. True, but unlike the 780 billion others ideas I’ve budgeted (now why’s that darn figure STUCK in my head, I wonder…) this one is exciting. What do you think? While studying my list of ‘national days’ I noticed a distinct lack of music and performance ...
  • Arts Festival tickets now on sale Following a weekend run of radio spots on Star 99.1 fm, tickets for Bliss 9 – an arts festival went on sale online, and are surprisingly doing well. We’ve added a few more exhibitors and confirmed the dance team will be the Garden State Dance Project. Oh, and my jazz orchestra is really very excited about ...
  • The arts will survive. Again I couldn’t resist. This topic has hit me several times in the past two decades and yet again, artists in the ‘arts’ are panicking. And rightly so. This article is totally biased (like most of them) but the very valid reader comments are most enlightening. So yes, the arts are a victim of the economic crisis. ...
  • If only… There are lots of “if only…” moments in my life. Like, ‘if only I’d stayed in Africa and bought that hotel.’ Or, ‘if only I’d been patient and played percussion professionally a bit longer.’ There are very few regrets in my life. In fact, I have two potential candidates for that category. And yet there are a ...
  • trying to “bully” British songwriters I’ve been devoid of interesting topics to blog about, except plenty of whining . The BBC have been reporting on a hot topic and this latest post inspired/ angered me to share something: I still really do hate British music unions ...
  • Liven up your job when you’re tired The meat starts about 55 seconds in. It’s entertaining regardless of my take on it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiVcnJ5iLqs I cannot share enough enthusiasm about this chap’s attempt to overcome repetetive fatigue as well as engage his charge. Or, more importantly, his company’s willingness to let him do it! Truly Great customer service, terrific engagement, same old but different, high ...
  • The Quotable Stephen P Brown “I love this music.” If this post from SPB was informative and good to read, subscribe to the RSS or via email, and share, like & tweet it. Remember to comment thoughtfully and send post ideas to [email protected] SPB thanks you for engaging in his world.
  • Junk Percussion Woah, this takes me back!Not too long before “Stomp” was born (1991 in Brighton UK) I was teaching teenagers throughout the England how to make music using junk. I called it Junk Percussion back then, and we met for one day workshops. It was fun, entertaining, inspiring, and very well attended. You should have seen ...
  • JSO & SPB – a transformation Kamel Boutros, the Music Director of Calvary St George Church on Park Ave S & 21st st in NYC said, “You’ve transformed this orchestra.” Last night’s performance was my first with the Jubilee Symphony Orchestra as its Artistic Director. Kamel has conducted them before and also appeared as a soloist with them. His comment was genuine ...
  • John Rutter’s Magnificat There aren’t many choral singers who haven’t heard of John Rutter, yet most are probably unaware of his impact on the British and American choral scenes. The carols, anthems, arrangements of hymns, etc is immense. And his concert works display an incredible intelligence and a style of expression that remains unmatched. On top of that, ...
  • What a birthday weekend treat! Melissa and I singing at Carnegie Hall with some friends (and a couple hundred strangers), along with a world famous composer (John Rutter)! It was a terrific day. This is for my sister. Sorry we didn’t eat at ‘your’ cheescake deli, but we’d already ordered Melissa in front of the building(She shines ...
  • The Quotable Melissa “P Brown” “They’ll say he lived his life like a fart in the wind.” Thanks, love. If this post from SPB was informative and good to read, subscribe to the RSS or via email, and share, like & tweet it. Remember to comment thoughtfully and send post ideas to [email protected] SPB thanks you for engaging in his world.
  • Little French Bistro in NYC Before tonight’s rehearsal I spent 45 mins in Parigot, a delightful little Bistro on the corner of LaFayette St and Grand St, just NW of Little Italy & Chinatown. It doesn’t have it’s own website, but it seems like relatively new owners. Certainly some of the reviews online indicate thorough inconsistency with the staff, ...
  • JSO rehearsals Who can complain? Tonight’s rehearsal in NYC was moved upstairs, to the church’s top floor. This was our view of the Manhattan Bridge: And this was our view of mid-town: By the time we were done, here’s what that same view looked like: Hope to see you at Sunday’s concert!(Prokofiev’s “Peter & the Wolf”, James Chapel at 121st & ...
  • The Quotable Stephen P Brown “I like it when you think.” If this post from SPB was informative and good to read, subscribe to the RSS or via email, and share, like & tweet it. Remember to comment thoughtfully and send post ideas to [email protected] SPB thanks you for engaging in his world.
  • All sorts of music I love music. One of my frequent quotes that might actually make it to ‘epitaph’ status is “I love this music”. Thing is, I like classical, film, pop, rock, theatre, instrumental, and a whole variety of other ‘genres’ and ‘styles’. Of course, I have my favorites and these little sketches consistently make Melissa and I ...
  • POPCORN! I was recently reminded about this FANTASTIC, uplifting, feel-good, smiling piece of music that my parents used to play on a colorful 76rpm LP, entitled “THE MOOG”. Enjoy that? I sent it to about 15 folks at work and before you could blow your nose, it had spread throughout the company like wildfire and was causing ...
  • Music on the brain AHA! There IS more to music than meets the eye. Or brain. Or whatever… This FASCINATING article reveals some of the PHYSICAL effects of music! I particularly like this bit: Scientists cannot identify the brain of an artist, writer, or mathemetician, but they CAN identify the brain of a professional musician! WHAT?!!!! Thank you, Charity, ...
  • The Quotable Stephen P Brown Actually, this is the quotable Michael Miora of California. He recently said, and I fully concur and subscribe to this:“The biggest cause of failure is human error – closely followed by human laziness… It’s usually not deliberate malice, but accidental.” Perhaps I’d use the word “ignorance” rather than “accidental” – people are more often ignorant to ...
  • Happy Anniversary! 25 years ago I arrived in the USA for the first time. In fact, my parents and I moved here for a three year term (my sister stayed in the UK to finish her last year of High School). It took me another 15 years to return to the US, but I remember that first ...
  • The Quotable Stephen P Brown Whatever you think of Karl Marx, he was interesting: “Sell a man a fish, he eats for a day, teach a man how to fish, you ruin a wonderful business opportunity.” If this post from SPB was informative and good to read, subscribe to the RSS or via email, and share, like & tweet it. Remember to ...
  • The Quotable Stephen P Brown Melissa: “Did you hear they’re coming out with a musical about the Addams Family?”Stephen: “I’m still waiting for ‘Tom & Jerry, the Musical’.” If this post from SPB was informative and good to read, subscribe to the RSS or via email, and share, like & tweet it. Remember to comment thoughtfully and send post ideas to ...
  • A Teen Poem I really like this. Sometimes teens have incredible insight that we don’t give them credit for. Check out this poem by Anna Fishel of Mountain Lakes High School. It was published in the school’s literary magazine ‘Phoenix 2009′. I am particularly touched by the line ‘Am I really to believe that there exist some six ...

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