Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Welcome to Recovering Oboist!

The launch of this blog coincides with the publication of my first article, "Cut Time," seen in the Summer 2012 issue of The Double Reed, the quarterly journal of the International Double Reed Society (IDRS). IDRS members can access the article for free online; I'm working on getting a scan to post here. Most music schools subscribe to The Double Reed; if you find yourself in a college music library, you can read it there, too.

This blog, like the article, will feature interviews with professional musicians who have full-time day jobs outside of music. I will start by telling you more about myself and why I started this project. Then I'll post complete interviews from the IDRS article, because I had to condense them for publication. Then I'll begin posting new interviews branching out from the oboe and bassoon world. I hope to meet some of you here, so please introduce yourself in the comments.

I'm one of you: fund-raiser by day, musician by night....sometimes vice-versa if we have a gala and I'm playing a matinee. Work-life balance and the motivation for pursuing "a double life," as I often refer to it, is of great interest to me. The good news is, we're not alone. A lot of musicians make this work, and pursue two -- or more! -- careers at very high levels. I will showcase their stories and hope to inspire those of us for whom this is a reality. It's not an easy life, but it is possible and can be very rewarding. 

Thanks for reading!

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