Archive for the ‘Career Etiquette’ Category

Thank You Notes

By: Edna Landau To ask a question, please write Ask Edna. A young artist who seeks my advice from time to time recently asked me about a note she was planning to write to a conductor following what she thought was a very successful collaboration. She wanted to be sure that what she had drafted was […]

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The Personal Touch

By: Edna Landau To ask a question, please write Ask Edna. I recently had the pleasure of attending one of Chamber Music America’s very informative, helpful and free “First Tuesdays” workshops which focus on a different professional development topic each month. This particular one, which was called “The Art of the Cold Call”, was expertly led […]

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The Artist-Manager Relationship

By: Edna Landau To ask a question, please write Ask Edna. When I opened the Arts section of The New York Times three weeks ago, I saw an interesting article about a singer who was new to me, the South African soprano Pretty Yende. The first name certainly called attention to itself, as did the large […]

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Reaching Out to Past and Potential Supporters

By: Edna Landau To ask a question, please write Ask Edna. The end of 2012 has brought a deluge of e-mails into my Inbox. Some were holiday greetings, coupled with updates on an artist’s current activities. Others were invitations to a showcase or to visit with an artist at the conferences which take place in New […]

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Exceeding the Limit on the Freeway

By: Edna Landau To ask a question, please write Ask Edna. Dear Edna: I have been working for the past five years as an assistant in the admissions office of an American conservatory. I would like to embark on a new direction – perhaps artist management or artistic administration at an orchestra. I know some people […]

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Telling the Truth about Injuries

By: Edna Landau To ask a question, please write Ask Edna. Congratulations to Patricia Goodson who is Third Prize winner of the Ask Edna First Anniversary contest, affording her a free review of her resume. I am grateful to all of you who submitted questions and will be answering many of them in the coming months. […]

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Is There a Good Way to Cancel?

by Edna Landau To ask a question, please write Ask Edna. Dear Edna: I am a cellist studying at an American conservatory and I try to read your blog regularly. A few weeks ago, you wrote about proper etiquette for working with a presenter in a case where a member of your ensemble is unable to […]

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Social Butterfly or Caterpillar?

by Edna Landau To ask a question, please write Ask Edna. Dear Edna: How important is the social aspect of one’s career—hanging out at receptions, meeting and greeting other artists at concerts (not my own), cultivating potential donors and charming presenters—in contrast to the time one needs to spend alone with the music? I am […]

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The Art of Reengagement

by Edna Landau To ask a question, please write Ask Edna. Dear Edna: I have greatly enjoyed reading your blog on Musical America’s website and have encouraged students to send in their questions. This time, I have one of my own:  During your artist management career, what were the most common factors or mistakes (within […]

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Concert Etiquette

by Edna Landau  Dear Edna:  I am a violinist in an Artist Diploma program at a conservatory and am currently preparing for some recitals, including my first in my home town. This includes thinking about what I am going to wear. I notice a trend among female violinists to wear strapless gowns and have heard […]

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