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An Interview Podcast from Peabody LAUNCHPad

Max Q is an interview podcast for anyone interested in, or currently pursuing a career in the performing arts.

Max Q is a term for the most stressful part of a rocket’s ascent. We focus on a similar, often difficult time for new alumni – the initial period of time following graduation. Our podcast features recent Peabody graduates discussing the challenges they have faced since completing their studies, their different jobs, what they have since learned, and how their education has impacted their lives as working professionals. Each episode will be hosted by a member of the Peabody LAUNCHPad staff – Dr. Zane Forshee, Christina Manceor, and Robin McGinness.

Part of LAUNCHPad’s mission is to help students and alumni forge satisfying and successful careers. We’re excited to share these conversations about pathways to building varied, vibrant, and sustainable lives in the arts.

Intro music by Vincent Fasano. Audio editing by Greg Hays. Logo by MegDig Design.

If you are an alum interested in being featured on the podcast, please email LAUNCHPad@jhu.edu.

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Episodes

10. Max Q – Amanda Dame

This episode of Max Q features flutist and educator Amanda Dame (MM ’19) speaking with Robin McGinness. While at Peabody, Amanda was a peer mentor in the LAUNCHPad office. We discuss what can be gained from frustration, finding opportunities in unlikely places (like Craigslist), and how offering free lessons impacted her private teaching. She also shares how she has built her connections and performance opportunities after leaving school, and the way she discovered that she didn’t enjoy seeking orchestra jobs.

www.amandadameflute.com
Office Ladies Podcast
Millionaire Musician Group on Facebook

Outro music from Amanda’s Master’s Recital at Peabody with Pianist Hui-Chuan Chen. 

Interview recorded July 20, 2020

9. Max Q – Sahun Sam Hong

Pianist, teacher, and entrepreneur Sahun Sam Hong speaks with Robin McGinness about his approaches to freelancing, and the importance of building business and tech skills as a performer. Currently finishing his doctorate at Peabody, Sam built on the skills he gained from Peabody’s Performer referral service to grow his business as a freelancer, including starting a concert design agency, Subito Arts. 

www.sahunhong.com
www.subitoarts.com
Full recording of concert with Ensemble 132

Interview Recorded May. 20, 2020

8. Max Q – Taylor Davis

Taylor Davis (MM’ 19) joins Christina Manceor to discuss ways to manage long-term projects, balancing multiple aspects of a portfolio career, and how to approach planning for the future. We also explore ways to engage followers on social media, getting more comfortable with failure, and the importance of trying new things.

Percussion Pal
2×1 Media

Intro music by Vincent Fasano. Audio editing by Greg Hays. Logo by MegDig Design.

Interview Recorded Apr. 24, 2020

Music Journalist Amanda Cook

This is a special release, outside of our interviews with recent Peabody alumni. To engage with the current dramatic changes in our world, LAUNCHPad director Dr. Zane Forshee is interviewing distinguished professionals in our field about the impact of COVID19 on students and artists in the performing arts.

On today’s release, Dr. Forshee speaks with Boston-based music journalist, digital editor, and arts administrator Amanda Cook. During their conversation they discuss how artists and artistic institutions are adapting to creating virtual performances, and how virtual performances are encouraging experimental art-making, creating new opportunities for storytelling, and pushing artists to stand out. 

7. Max Q – John T.K. Scherch

This episode Robin McGinness speaks with bass, voice teacher, and radio announcer John TK Scherch (MM ’17). We explore the idea of ‘creating luck’ – how you can use networking, persistence, and building on your prior experience to ‘luck’ into an ideal career. Additionally, we touch on the role failure can play in your career path and the importance of taking the time to identify your passions.

WBJC – Maryland’s Classical Music Station
U92 The Moose
Pause and Listen – John’s Podcast
InSeries – Innovative DC based opera company

Dean Abra Bush

This is a special release, outside of our interviews with recent Peabody alumni. To engage with the current dramatic changes in our world, LAUNCHPad director Dr. Zane Forshee is interviewing distinguished professionals in our field about the impact of COVID19 on students and artists in the performing arts

This episode, Dr. Forshee interviews Abra Bush, Peabody’s Senior Associate Dean of Institute Studies. They discuss how mindset and routines can help make your way through quarantine, Peabody’s Lunch and Learn series for arts educators and how it got started, as well as ways the pandemic accelerated preexisting trends in the performing arts such as the increased importance of entrepreneurship and social media.

Upcoming and recorded listings for Peabody’s summer Lunch and Learn series 

Conductor Marin Alsop

This is a special release, outside of our interviews with recent Peabody alumni. To engage with the current dramatic changes in our world, LAUNCHPad director Dr. Zane Forshee is interviewing distinguished professionals in our field about the impact of COVID19 on students and artists in the performing arts

In this release, Dr. Forshee speaks with Marin Alsop, Director of Peabody’s Graduate Conducting Program and music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Their conversation touches on how the current crisis has accelerated classical music’s entry into the 21st century, using slowdown created by the shutdowns to reevaluate how you are spending your time, and the unifying power of joy.

6. Max Q – Kris Johnson

In this episode, Christina Manceor is joined by jazz trumpeter, composer, and educator Kris Johnson (Michigan State University, MM ’07), who visited Peabody as a guest artist in Fall 2019.  We discuss how to stay organized while maintaining a busy freelance career, ways to work smarter rather than work harder, and tips for making genuine connections with colleagues and mentors. Kris also shares his experience building business and technology skills that help him maximize his creative projects.

Learn more about Kris through his WebsiteYouTube, and Instagram.
The Four Stages of Mastery – https://youtu.be/BYNAhUC0UWQ

Interview Recorded Mar. 20, 2020

danah bella

This is a special release, outside of our interviews with recent Peabody alumni. To engage with the current dramatic changes in our world, LAUNCHPad director Dr. Zane Forshee is interviewing distinguished professionals in our field about the impact of COVID19 on students and artists in the performing arts

This episode Dr. Forshee speaks with danah bella, chair of Peabody Conservatory Dance. They explore the meaning of arts during the COVID-19 crisis, increased access to instructors in different styles from all over the world, understanding what is enough for you, and using this time to discover what kind of artist you are.

danah’s recommendations:

Conductor Joseph Young

This is a special release, outside of our interviews with recent Peabody alumni. To engage with the current dramatic changes in our world, LAUNCHPad director Dr. Zane Forshee is interviewing distinguished professionals in our field about the impact of COVID19 on students and artists in the performing arts
 
In this release, Dr. Forshee speaks with Joseph Young, Peabody’s Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Artistic Director of Ensembles. and Professor of Conducting. The conversation touches on remaining collaborative when we are all isolated, finding new possibilities by asking what listeners are missing, sharing your process and not just the product, and the silver-lining of time for reflection created by the shutdown.

5. Max Q – Claire Galloway Weber

Claire Galloway Weber (MM ’15) joins Robin McGinness to explore the value of secondary skills or even degrees in maintaining a sustainable career, knowing when to pursue management, and the importance of having supportive team. We also talk about the loss of structure that happens after leaving school, and the need to create a schedule and goals for yourself to keep moving forward.
Check out Claire’s WebsiteYouTube, and Instagram

Mad Scenes and Exit Arias: The Death of the New York City Opera and the Future of Opera in America – Heidi Waleson
Art of Asking – Amanda Palmer

Interview Recorded Mar. 25, 2020

Max Q COVID-19 Interviews – Trumpeter Sean Jones

This is a special release, outside of our interviews with recent Peabody alumni. To engage with the current dramatic changes in our world, LAUNCHPad director Dr. Zane Forshee is interviewing distinguished professionals in our field about the impact of COVID19 on students and artists in the performing arts.

Here Dr. Forshee speaks with trumpeter Sean Jones, Richard and Elizabeth Case Chair of Peabody’s Jazz Department. The interview touches on leaning on other artists for inspiration and support, using the current situation as an opportunity to maximize limited resources, as well as the importance of goals, scheduling, and managing your time.

Bonus: Max Q – Susan Zhang

In this bonus episode entrepreneur and pianist Susan Zhang (GPD 18’) discusses how she cofounded The Concert Truck, a startup she created during her time at Peabody, and the skills needed to keep it running.

You can learn more about The Concert Truck at their website (www.theconcerttruck.org) or by following them @theconcerttruck on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram.

Interview Recorded Feb. 13, 2019

4. Max Q – Zoe Fried

Performer, administrator, and arts advocate Zoe Fried (MM ‘16) speaks with Christina Manceor about the ways those who work in the arts can inspire audiences, both through their work on stage as well as back stage. We also discuss how Zoe discovered her passion for arts administration, ways to approach thinking about long-term goals, and finding common ground to organically connect with your colleagues.

Learn more about the Shriver Hall Concert Series.

Interview Recorded Jan. 29, 2019.

Bonus: Max Q – Michael Repper

This is a bonus Max Q interview excerpt with DMA conducting candidate Michael Repper. We discuss networking, managing your time as a freelancer, and wisdom from Disney movies. Find out more about Michael and his current projects at his website www.mikerepper.com.

Interview Recorded Jan. 24, 2019

3. Max Q – Molly Grace Young

Soprano, teacher, and chamber musician Molly Grace Young (MM ‘13) speaks with Robin McGinness about the importance of diversification, both in life and in your career as a musician. We touch on the relationship between teaching and performing, the importance of establishing a flexible studio that allows for your performance schedule, balancing ambition and contentment to set goals given an uncertain future, and the necessity of self-care and creating a life outside of music.  

Interview Recorded Jan. 15, 2019.

2. Max Q – Ledah Finck

Composer, violinist, and violist Ledah Finck (MM ’18) discusses with Christina Manceor the importance of finding inspiration inside and outside of school, the difficulty of saying no, and how to manage touring with her ensembles in Baltimore and New York while holding space for practicing and composing. 

Learn more about Ledah Finck, the Bergamot Quartet, and her piece “In the Brink.”

Interview Recorded Jan 25, 2019

1. Max Q – Ryan Tani

Music Director and Conductor Ryan Tani (MM ‘17) speaks with Robin McGinness about the challenges of maintaining balance between his administrative jobs, conducting positions, and life in general.

Learn more about Ryan Tani and Occasional Symphony on their websites.

Interview recorded Jan 30, 2019