LA Choral Lab ready to forge ahead with new ED

When a relatively new nonprofit board creates an Executive Director position, it’s a big day, and a sign they’re ready for some serious growth. That seems to be the case for one of our most exciting choral organizations, and we wait for more news of programs and changes with great anticipation. No doubt there’s more … Read more

Finding your artistic match, even at a distance

We’ve talked about using a sort of “buddy system” before, and some our coaching clients have had discussions about “work clusters” and the power of reciprocity: Working with others, in any artistic climate, can mean an extraordinary difference to not only your output, but to your outlook.  The fact is, working with colleagues in a … Read more

What are you willing to REALLY reach for?

There’s something about being a musician that makes some people feel helpless, like luck is everything. Quasi-proverbial clichés like “it’s who you know…” and “opportunity knocks” can be misinterpreted as reality checks, and can often feel like slaps in the face. But they should really be calls to action. If you know what you want … Read more

The manageable risks that come with “good follow-up”

Over the years with the List, I’ve had quite a few people call me, wondering why singers behave the way they do. Sometimes these calls are quite entertaining, and I hope that my responses are useful, and my giggling not too loud. But one pattern has popped up on a fairly regular basis, and deserves … Read more

Reading List: the Pacific Symphony blog

Being part of the classical community means staying in touch, so you know who’s doing what, which performances can’t be missed, where the trends are, and even who you’d like to audition for. While the List exists for a lot of these reasons (and thank you for reading us), additional sources will offer perspective that … Read more

Meetups and networking

Is your network expansive enough?  Are your circles broad and overlapping? As we know, Southern California is all about who you know. But it’s not only the top people in the field who can make the difference for your career longevity and personal fulfillment.  It could be the people you share your love of the … Read more

Two events to expand your network

There are lots of ways to meet new people and build new relationships, for your career and for artistic inspiration.  Two proven, time-tested methods stay at the top of the list: Show up Learn skills The more people see you, the more your name and your work will stick in their minds.  The stronger your … Read more

Meetups, hobbies and other interests: Are you networking enough beyond music?

Can a visit to the aquarium actually help your career?  You betcha. Most of our readers know about the “schmoozes” we occasionally host for the Lauri’s List community:  the purpose of these casual networking gatherings is to give Listers a chance to meet each other and make some new contacts.  It’s been working well, and … Read more

Retro touches in a tech-driven world

Gestures I have on my desk two thank-you notes and a birthday card, all received recently as tokens of appreciation.  These aren’t just nice — they’re examples of how old-school etiquette can work in your favor. Let’s begin by saying that I do my best to be impartial when we’re offering referrals and contracting.  Sending … Read more

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