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Do you dream of someday getting to perform at Carnegie Hall, or wonder what it takes to be a professional musician? The Cello Sherpa Podcast is for anyone who enjoys the tales and scales in the life of a classical musician, or for the young classical musician who dreams big! We explore all aspects of the climb to the summit from student to the professional stage! Joel Dallow, the Cello Sherpa, interviews experts in the field covering a wide range of topics surrounding this challenging career ...
 
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The Cello Sherpa Podcast Host, Joel Dallow, interviews Brinton Smith, principal cellist of the Houston Symphony, faculty member of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and the Aspen Music Festival. They talk about the rigorous process of taking auditions, what works, and what doesn't, and Brinton offers creative solutions to help improve…
 
The Cello Sherpa Podcast Host, Joel Dallow, interviews Brinton Smith, principal cellist of the Houston Symphony, faculty member of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and the Aspen Music Festival. They talk about the rigorous process of taking auditions, what works, and what doesn't, and Brinton offers creative solutions to help improve…
 
The Cello Sherpa Podcast Host, Joel Dallow, interviews Stephanie Voss, the owner of Voss Violins located in Atlanta, GA. They talk about the rigorous process it took just for her to get admitted to school in Germany, her extensive training before coming to the US, and she shares her tips for maintaining your string instrument as the seasons change.…
 
The Cello Sherpa Podcast Host, Joel Dallow, interviews members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's cello section, Rainer Eudeikis, Brad Ritchie, and Tommy Carpenter. In this two part series, they discuss sitting on the audition panel and listening to 99 cellists audition from behind the screen. They share advice on what they were listening for, and…
 
The Cello Sherpa Podcast Host, Joel Dallow, interviews members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's cello section, Rainer Eudeikis, Brad Ritchie, and Tommy Carpenter. In this two part series, they discuss sitting on the audition panel and listening to 99 cellists audition from behind the screen. They share advice on what they were listening for, and…
 
The Cello Sherpa Podcast Host, Joel Dallow, interviews Kevin Case, Founder and Principal of Case Arts Law who represents musicians and artists in labor and employment matters. Kevin shares the details of his journey from professional violinist to one of the most sought after attorneys in our industry, representing dozens of orchestras across the co…
 
The Cello Sherpa Podcast Host, Joel Dallow, interviews Amy McDougal, attorney and the President and Founder of Clearesources. We talk about her journey from flutist to attorney and she highlights legal essentials around the business of the music profession. For more information about her company visit www.CLEAResources.com You can follow Amy McDoug…
 
The Cello Sherpa Podcast Host, Joel Dallow, interviews Avi Friedlander, Cellist and Director of the Barston Suzuki Center at the Music Institute of Chicago. He shares his experience in becoming certified to teach Suzuki, starting his own school, and transitioning to his current position. Avi also talks about composing his own arrangements of popula…
 
The Cello Sherpa Podcast Host, Joel Dallow, interviews George Marriner Maull, Artistic Director of The Discovery Orchestra. Maestro Maull shares his experience in the process of building an orchestra whose mission it is to teach listening skills that help people really connect with classical music along with his advice for younger musicians. For mo…
 
The Cello Sherpa Podcast Host, Joel Dallow, interviews Julia Bruskin, cellist in the MET Opera Orchestra, founding member of the Claremont trio, and Co-Artistic Director of the Skaneateles Festival. She shares her experience of incredibly early professional success with the Claremont trio, and her journey to landing a position in the MET cello sect…
 
The Cello Sherpa Podcast Host, Joel Dallow, interviews Amy Pollard, Professor of Bassoon at the University of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music. She shares details about the bassoon and the art of reed making, along with strategies for coping with and conquering performance anxiety. If you are interested in checking out the latest Classical Clas…
 
The Cello Sherpa Podcast Host, Joel Dallow, interviews Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir, Associate Professor of Cello and Chamber Music at the University of Washington in Seattle. She shares the story of her journey to this faculty position, her teaching philosophy and her secrets to staying motivated. For more information, visit Saeunn's website www.saeunn…
 
The Cello Sherpa Podcast Host, Joel Dallow, interviews Eric Kim, Professor of Cello at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He offers advice on how to prepare for orchestra auditions and shares his wealth of experience as principal cellist of the Cincinnati Symphony, the San Diego Symphony, and the Denver Symphony. If you are looking for …
 
Some musicians slide right into a symphony orchestra position like [insert image of smiling child on slide]. Joel Dallow is not one of those musicians. It took him five years of intense work (on top of all of the work he'd already done as a student at the Peabody Conservatory and as a freelancer, etc., etc.,) to get the position he's occupied in th…
 
The Cello Sherpa Podcast Host, Joel Dallow, interviews Joseph Young, Peabody Conservatory's Artistic Director of Ensembles. He shares his experience from band to the baton, and offers advice for incoming students on preparing for a myriad of ensembles offered through this exceptional program. If you are looking for in person/virtual cello lessons, …
 
The Cello Sherpa Podcast Host, Joel Dallow, interviews Christina Smith about her experience being appointed as Principal Flutist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at only 20 years old! She shares her journey, and offers fantastic advice on how to continuously aim to be at your best in such a high profile position. If you are looking for in person/v…
 
The Cello Sherpa Podcast Host, Joel Dallow, interviews Evans Mirageas for a behind the scenes look at how the sausage is made. If you are looking for in person/virtual cello lessons, or orchestral repertoire audition coachings, check out www.theCelloSherpa.com Follow us on twitter @theCello SherpaBy Joel Dallow
 
The Cello Sherpa Podcast Host, Joel Dallow, interviews Noah Bendix-Balgley about his journey from participating in major international competitions, to First Concertmaster of one of the top orchestras in the world: the Berlin Philharmonic. If you are looking for in person/virtual cello lessons, or orchestral repertoire audition coachings, check out…
 
The Cello Sherpa Podcast Host, Joel Dallow, interviews Michael Kurth, about what life is like living as a highly sought after composer and bassist in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. This episode even includes some musical samples! Check out Dariusz Skoraczewski (Principal Cellist of the Baltimore Symphony) on Youtube who is also featured on Kurth's…
 
Joe Burgstaller may seem like a perfectly normal guy who just happens to have been playing trumpet since he emerged from the womb. But do not be fooled, dear listener. Something is clearly amiss. (See: Joe's music videos, particularly the video we talk about in this episode which took 26 trips through a car wash to get juuust right.) Perhaps it's a…
 
The Cello Sherpa Podcast host, Joel Dallow, interviews Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's Music Director Robert Spano about his journey to one of the premiere posts of American orchestras and shares his advice for aspiring conductors and musicians. If you are looking for in person/virtual cello lessons, or orchestral repertoire audition coachings, check …
 
The Cello Sherpa Podcast host, Joel Dallow, interviews St. Louis Symphony Orchestra cellist, Jennifer Humphreys on her journey to successfully winning positions in the Charlotte Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, and the St. Louis Symphony. If you are looking for in person/virtual cello lessons, or orchestral repertoire audition c…
 
The Cello Sherpa Podcast host, Joel Dallow, interviews Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's Principal Cellist, Rainer Eudeikis on his journey to winning a principal position. If you are looking for in person/virtual cello lessons, or orchestral repertoire audition coachings, check out www.theCelloSherpa.com Follow us on twitter @theCello Sherpa…
 
The Cello Sherpa Podcast host, Joel Dallow, interviews Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music's cello professor Felix Wang on life at a University Music Program and what he looks for in a potential music student. If you are looking for in person/virtual cello lessons, or orchestral repertoire audition coachings, check out www.theCelloSherpa.com Follow …
 
The Cello Sherpa Podcast host, Joel Dallow, interviews Manhattan School of Music's cello professor David Geber on essential tips for successfully auditioning for undergraduate music programs. If you are looking for in person/virtual cello lessons, or orchestral repertoire audition coachings, check out www.theCelloSherpa.com Follow us on twitter @th…
 
The Cello Sherpa Podcast host, Joel Dallow, interviews world renowned cellist Steven Isserlis about building an international career as a soloist, chamber musician, educator, author and broadcaster. If you are looking for in person/virtual cello lessons, or orchestral repertoire audition coachings, check out www.theCelloSherpa.com Follow us on twit…
 
When pianist Peter Dugan performed on NPR's From the Top at the age of 18, he had no idea that he would one day host the show. In this episode, Peter talks about how he came to be at the helm of a show that's been going for 25 years juuust before a pandemic began. He also teaches us about love, the magic the binds the molecules of music together. A…
 
Ginger Turner is--excuse us--a brassy broad. She was in the Army and the US Army's Field Band for 27 years. So when it came time to put on the annual Holiday Brass Concert for the International Women's Brass Conference (IWBC) during the pandemic, she did not shrink away from the challenge. She leaned right into it. And what resulted was pure, live,…
 
We hope that yule enjoy this holiday-ish show with Tristan Clarke, one half of YouTube sensation, the Melodica Men. In this episode, learn how two Juilliard- and Peabody-trained brass musicians took a detour from their traditional classical music work to play toy instruments on street corners, how they blew up the internet with an 89-second version…
 
Conductor and music director Stéphane Denève is a busy guy. He's got at least four jobs on two different continents. But thanks (?) to the pandemic, we caught him sitting still for long enough to teach us the ENTIRE HISTORY of French classical music! He starts at the very beginning with chant, and goes all the way through to contemporary composers.…
 
When it comes to the harp, Yolanda Kondonassis is kind of a big deal. She’s literally written the book on the topic. In this episode, she teaches all about the history of the harp, describes the different kinds of harp, its mechanics, its repertoire, and about harp music being written today. She also tells the story of her personal history with the…
 
The piano. A seemingly normal instrument. But where did it come from, and how did it get here? Is it a percussion or a string instrument? Is it safe for young people, or will it influence your child to become interested in (gasp!) music, like it did one Orli Shaham? In this episode, Shaham describes how she was helplessly lured by the piano, as wel…
 
Composer, producer, and vocalist Lisa Bielawa wants you for her project, Broadcast from Home! She's often incorporated community-making and experimental elements into her compositional work, but this project is next level: each week during the pandemic, Bielawa is creating a "chapter"--a piece of music--based on the written and recorded submissions…
 
Have you ever wondered what the atmosphere of a space sounds like? Well look no further! In this episode, Emmy Award winning film and TV composer Michael Whalen teaches all about the history of ambient music. He talks about its classical music roots, how circuits and tape collages and German composers had a part in its evolution, and how Brian Eno …
 
Academy Award-winning composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel does a lot of traveling, soaking up the musical traditions as he goes. His recent album, Migrations, received a Grammy nomination in the Best Contemporary Classical Composition category. In this episode, Bermel teaches about composer Bela Bartok who inspired one of the pieces on the album.…
 
Dramaturg and Seattle Opera Podcast host, Jonathan Dean has come back to the Classroom for this epic two-episode series about the bazillion operas based on the writing of the Russian author Alexander Pushkin. In part one, we talked all about who Pushkin was, painting a word picture of what a major impact his work had on...everything. In part two, l…
 
Weeell, we figured that right about now would be a great time to put out some new episodes of the podcast. We hope that all of you out there in the weirdness are staying nice and safe and quarantined, and that these episodes will be a tiny ray of indoor sunshine for you all. Dramaturg and Seattle Opera Podcast host, Jonathan Dean has come back to t…
 
Violinist and Classical Classroom mascot Rachel Barton Pine is back to teach all about the violin concertos of Czech composer Antonin Dvorak and Soviet-Armenian Aram Khachaturian. Learn about their lives and music! Get lost with Dvorak in New York City! Hear about Khachaturian becoming a new father! Find out who threw shade at Dvorak and mucked up …
 
No tickets to see The Nutcracker this year? No problem! Experience basically almost the entire thing in this episode from the Classroom Wayback Machine with musical expert Michael Remson (San Diego Youth Symphony, formerly of AFA) and dance expert Shelly Power (Pennsylvania Ballet, formerly of Houston Ballet Academy). Hear the music and the story a…
 
With Become Desert, composer John Luther Adams is done "Become"-ing (learn why in this episode). First, there was the Pulitzer- and Grammy-winning Become Ocean. Then, there was Become River. Finally, in 2019, Adams put his feet on solid ground, in a terrain he's much more comfortable with. And now there's Become Desert. Here, Adams talks about what…
 
Conductor Nicholas McGegan, of San Francisco Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra fame (and so much more) is an expert in conducting Baroque music. To some of us at the podcast, this sounds as obscure as being a modern day village cobbler or ironing one's hair with an actual iron. But in this episode, McGegan explains his love for this music and why it -…
 
Guitarist John Schneider is clearly obsessed. In the best, passionate-music-geek kind of way. And the thing is that the object of his obsession - Harry Partch and his work - just engenders that kind of response in people. It probably comes from the fact that Partch himself who was monomaniacally focused: he was so absorbed with the idea that music …
 
Going to class is a major part of being a classical musician. But have you heard of a "master class"? One student at a time gets up and performs a piece in front of a class, and then the "master" leading the class critiques said performance. Sounds nerve-wracking (read: ...like the stuff of nightmares) to us. Gather 'round for this special assembly…
 
Jason Vieaux is not just a Grammy-winning classical guitarist - he's a pioneer, taking on new works that have never been performed or recorded before, like those of composer Jonathan Leshnoff. Leshnoff is an adventurer, too, writing virtuosic material for instruments he's never played, like the guitar. Find out how these fearless frontiersman find …
 
In our second annual Classical Classroom Summer Music Festival Series, we hit the (sound)waves at the Music Academy of the West in sunny Santa Barbara, California! The third installment of our MAW series features composer, conductor, and pianist, Matthew Aucoin. Aucoin is a resident at that Music Academy of the West, and a sort of serial residentia…
 
There's a reason that great works in classical music have stuck around for so long. Once upon a time, it was all music composed by groundbreaking artists, churning out new sounds and ideas never heard before. But at some point, it's like someone somewhere decided that the canon was complete. Why? In this episode, National Orchestral Institute direc…
 
One of the distinguishing characteristics of chamber music is its inherent “democracy” – each part is of equal importance. Aaron Humble and Paul Rudoi of the Cantus Vocal Ensemble explain how it works when everyone involved in making the music is a special snowflake. Audio production by Todd “Sir Toddsalot” Hulslander with unflagging devotion to so…
 
There's a good chance that you've heard of Yale School of Music grad student and rising classical pianist, Tiffany Poon. Her YouTube vlogs have over 11 million views. In them, she talks casually with fans as she travels to gigs and invites them into the practice room. Her openness about her musical life and process has tapped into something for whi…
 
JoAnn Falletta is celebrating her 20th anniversary as Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, so we've gotta give her a shout out with this old gold from the Classroom vault! By the way, did you know that a 2014 survey found that in a list of the 150 top conductors in the world, only five were women? New episode topic? --------- Who w…
 
It's been nearly six years since we started the Classical Classroom podcast in a small shed that also housed producer Todd's lawn mower. Since then, a lot has happened. We've learned so much from our amazing guests, traveled to music festivals, had parties and game show quizzes, talked to the dead, had trumpet lessons, and we moved into a storage u…
 
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