The Shows

Nuts and bolts conversations on the business and practical aspects of being a concert musician in the 21st century

MPP 039: Anne Lanzilotti on Collaboration and Commissioning

Anne Lanzilotti talks about collaboration, the joys and challenges of commissioning, and new music advocacy.
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MPP 038: David & Matthew Maslanka on Forging Your Own Path

David and Matthew Maslanka talk about taking risks, their unique publishing setup, and the importance of being true to your music and yourself.
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MPP 037: Dale Trumbore & Brandon Elliott on Recording Projects

Composer Dale Trumbore and conductor Brandon Elliott talk about the process of recording a full-length choral album together
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Dennis answers questions, offers quick tips, and talks shop to help composers and performers who want to make a living off of their hard work.

CGDB 015: DVD Extras

Dennis talks about an easy way to engage your audience a little more, and give them deeper insight into your creative process
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CGDB 014: Getting Your House in Order

Dennis talks about how to handle overwhelm and information overload when presented with all of the things you "should" be doing for your career.
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CGDB 013: Question: Orchestrating Ian’s Music

Dennis answers a question about giving others permission to arrange your music.
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Dennis Tobenski is a composer of acoustic new music, an active vocalist, and an advocate for living composers and their works. His deep and at times bizarre fascination with the intersections of art and commerce has led him to start a small record label, and to write extensively about the business of being a musician in the 21st century.

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