Recently, my younger sister came back from a music adjudication festival in our homestate of New York, where several of her students were participating with prepared solos. The festival requires students to prepare solo literature, which at a certain level allows them to audition for the all-state ensembles. Students prepare this music tirelessly for weeks on end, but there are [...]
Articles by Rebecca Weissman
Rebecca Weissman has enjoyed a balanced career in the music industry as a performer, educator, and administrator. Trained as a classical clarinetist, Ms. Weissman received her undergraduate degree in communications with a music minor from Ithaca College and a Master of Arts in Music Education from the Eastman School of Music. A native of Upstate NY, she has performed as bass clarinetist with the Northern Symphonic Winds,
Adirondack Wind Ensemble, Utica Symphony, Schenectady Symphony, Catskill Symphony, and the Orchestra of the Finger Lakes. As an administrator, she has held positions with the Ithaca College Music Institutes, the Eastman School of Music, and Glimmerglass Opera. After several years in the arts, she joined the marketing department at Conn-Selmer, Inc. as Artist Relations Coordinator. She then held the position of Artist Relations Manager at Verne Q. Powell Flutes, Inc., where she has transitioned into a new role as Communications Manager. Ms. Weissman has also taught privately and in the public schools in Northern New York. Her primary teachers include Michael Galvan and Alan Woy, and she is a member of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 443.
To follow up from my last article on musicians seeking endorsements, I thought it might be helpful to talk about some items that are essential for a musician’s “publicity toolbox.” One of the most basic items a musician should always have is a musical example – plain and simple. I know this might sound a bit silly, but while working [...]
Ever wonder what it takes to be an endorsing artist for a company? You know, someone who goes around getting paid gobs of money to play a certain brand’s instruments? Well, many up and coming musicians may think that an endorsing artist is rolling in money from their respective company, but I thought it might be a good idea to [...]
I’ve been thinking quite a bit lately about jobs in the music world, especially for those who may just be starting out. I hear the voices of my younger siblings, both of whom are musicians in their twenties. They were very nervous and anxious after finishing school (both completed masters degrees in music recently). They said, “All of the job [...]