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.
If you are an alum interested in being featured on the podcast, please email LAUNCHPad@jhu.edu.
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 Website, YouTube, 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.
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.
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.
Interview recorded Jan 30, 2019