Crushing Classical

Jennet Ingle

Crushing Classical is a series of interviews with classical musicians who are forging unique paths with their talent, creating their own artistic fulfillment and financial comfort, and finding ways to thrive. I celebrate these brave people who are taking routes outside of traditional orchestral or academic employment! As always, I invite you to listen for your own sparks and breadcrumbs, and use these interviews to find the possibilities that exist in your own life. read less
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Episodes

Gabe Bolkosky: a New Philosophy of Practice
25-04-2024
Gabe Bolkosky: a New Philosophy of Practice
In this fascinating episode, my guest Gabe Bolkosky and I discuss: Childhood developmentHow music education can promote personal growthCreating an online platform for musicians to practice and improve with a nurturing community and personalized guidancePracticing music without self-criticismParallel growth in music and entrepreneurship Violinist and violist Gabe Bolkosky has been praised for the way he "takes audiences into his confidence and includes them" and described as having "the serenity of a master without a hint of coldness." Primarily a violinist, he performs a diverse repertoire of classical and contemporary works with different collaborative artists from many musical genres in many of the great concert halls. Coming in 2024, Gabe will release Mozart's Milanese quartets with the Bayberry String Quartet. He has performed and taught across the United States and abroad, working with all ages of musicians. As a member of the Bayberry String Quartet, he recently pioneered an online approach to music-making and collaboration from home. His organization, Education for Happiness, recently launched PhoenixPhest Virtual Chamber Music Immersive and Rollin’ Daily Practice Support, culminating a 20 year in-person program now being implemented online. His focus educationally has been to help musicians of all ages and stages with a focus on inclusion. I've participated in Gabe's Rollin' Practice sessions, and loved how relaxed and peaceful I felt, all while getting good work done!  That's not a fluke - it's fully by design!  You can sign up for these sessions at a discounted price with my special link! You can learn more about Rollin' Practice at their website, or follow Gabe's larger umbrella at Education for Happiness.   Thanks for joining me on Crushing Classical!  Theme music and audio editing by DreamVance. You can join my email list HERE, so you never miss an episode! I help people to lean into their creative careers and start or grow their income streams.  You can read more or hop onto a short discovery call from my website. I'm your host, Jennet Ingle. I love you all. Stay safe out there!
Ashley Danyew: Musician and Company
04-04-2024
Ashley Danyew: Musician and Company
Enrollment is open NOW for my Happiest Musician Accelerator, a three month program that helps musicians to uncap their income and thrive in their creative careers!  I'd love to help you to create income and authority for yourself.    Ashley Danyew, Ph.D. is a musician, educator, writer, and entrepreneur. She is the Founder and Editor of Musician & Co., equipping classical musicians with the tools and education they need to be small business owners. A graduate of the University of Georgia and the Eastman School of Music, Ashley has over 10 years of experience running an online business and 15+ years of curating a portfolio career. Her website AshleyDanyew.com includes a blog, resource library, and courses for music educators and church musicians, and between that and Musician & Co., she serves an email list of 25,000 and had a combined readership of 344,000 people last year. At Musician & Co., Ashley is dedicated to providing educational tools, resources, and services to support self-employed musicians and music freelancers so they can build and manage a music career that’s as diverse and unique as they are—one that’s financially secure, artistically fulfilling, and made to last. A dedicated music educator, Ashley manages a private piano studio of K-12 students and hosts the podcast Field Notes on Music Teaching & Learning. She has presented her work at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy and the College Music Society Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference and is a featured artist in the book, The Savvy Music Teacher. You should absolutely check out Musician & Company at the website, pick up a valuable template at their template shop, or follow Ashley on Instagram @ashleydanyew. Absolutely you should also grab her FREE CFO Workbook!    Thanks for joining me on Crushing Classical!  Theme music and audio editing by DreamVance. You can join my email list HERE, so you never miss an episode! I'm your host, Jennet Ingle. I love you all. Stay safe out there!
Brendan Slocumb: From musician to best-selling author!
21-03-2024
Brendan Slocumb: From musician to best-selling author!
I'm offering a FREE Five Day Challenge starting March 25. Seeking Work-Life Balance, for the WORKING, LIVING Musician. We'll meet on zoom (or you'll enjoy the replay) every day to look at how you could intentionally rebalance your pillars of MONEY, TIME, and JOY and thrive in your creative career! Register here   Today you'll hear my interview with Brendan Slocumb, whose life was changed by the books he wrote during the pandemic!  I read the Violin Conspiracy a year or so ago, on the recommendation of a non-musical friend. When your thriller, based in the world of classical music, is picked up and enjoyed by people outside of our insular little world, and when it has something really important to say about money and family and race and music and about the world we live in now - that is something we should all be paying attention to!    Brendan Nicholaus Slocumb was raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a degree in music education, concentrations on Violin and Viola. For the past two decades, he has been a public and private school music educator from kindergarten through twelfth grade, teaching general music, orchestra and guitar ensembles. His students were often chosen for district and regional orchestras. In 2005, Brendan was named Teacher of the Year for Robert E. Lee High School; he has been named to Who’s Who of American teachers, and is a Nobel Teacher of distinction. Brendan also serves as an educational consultant for the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.  Music has always played a major part of Brendan’s life. He believes that it’s a life-saving force, and a gift we should always offer our children. When he was nine, he started playing violin through a public school music program. Friends he grew up with are today sitting in jail; when they were out running the streets, he was in rehearsals. When they were breaking into people’s houses, he was practicing Dvorak and Mozart. His violin opened the door to opportunity, and he ran through it. Since then, Brendan has performed with the Washington Metropolitan Symphony, the McLean Symphony, the Prince George's Philharmonic, and the Alexandria Symphony. He has served  as the concertmaster for the NOVA-Annandale Symphony Orchestra and regularly performs chamber music with members of the Alexandria Chamber Music Society. He maintains a private music studio teaching lessons to students on violin, guitar and piano. Brendan believes that everyone can learn to appreciate and love music, and that it can be a new way of communicating, building bonds, and connecting with people who may look, sound, or speak differently.  In 2022, Brendan published his first novel, THE VIOLIN CONSPIRACY (Anchor Books), a GMA Book Club Pick, the  riveting story of a young Black musician who discovers that his old family fiddle is actually a priceless Stradivarius: when it’s stolen on the eve of the world’s most prestigious classical music competition, he risks everything to get it back. In 2023, Brendan published his second novel, SYMPHONY OF SECRETS (Anchor Books), about a music historian who discovers that the world's greatest composer may have stolen the music from a neurodivergent Black woman – and the powers-that-be will do anything to silence the historian.  Brendan is now at work on his third novel, to be published in early 2025. You can find Brendan at his website, or follow him on Instagram @brendanslocumb      Make sure you SUBSCRIBE to Crushing Classical, and maybe even leave a nice review!  Thanks for joining me on Crushing Classical!  Theme music by DreamVance. You can join my email list HERE, so you never miss an episode! I help people to lean into their creative careers and start or grow their income streams. You can read more or hop onto a short discovery call from my website. I'm your host, Jennet Ingle. I love you all. Stay safe out there!
Helen Cha-Pyo: Conductor, Educator, and Arts Leader
07-03-2024
Helen Cha-Pyo: Conductor, Educator, and Arts Leader
It's incredible to speak with Helen Cha-Pyo because she is so filled with joy and wisdom.  Her optimism about the next generation of humans is inspiring, as is her mission and story. This is a feel-good episode if I've ever recorded one!  What is YOUR artistic mission statement? You'll want to lean into this question as you listen to Helen's story! Helen H. Cha-Pyo, the current Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts, leads an organization that serves nearly 2,000 students from 12 New Jersey counties. Her impactful leadership spans across four key programs: the Wharton Performing Arts School, New Jersey Youth Symphony, New Jersey Youth Chorus, and the Paterson Music Project. In her role as the Principal Conductor of the New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS), she has led tours to Italy and France, championing the performance of works by women and BIPOC composers, effectively amplifying the voices of underrepresented composers. Under her guidance, NJYS had the distinguished honor of performing at the Juneteenth Celebration concert at Carnegie Hall (2022) and the Motif Award Ceremony at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (2023).  Prior to her role at Wharton Arts, Cha-Pyo served as Music Director and Conductor of the Empire State Youth Orchestra (ESYO) for 16 years. Her tenure was marked by the orchestra's transformative international tours to Germany, Czech Republic, China, Korea and Portugal. Her dedication to promoting works by American composers earned ESYO the prestigious ASCAP's Adventurous Programming Awards. Her positive impact extended to the founding of ESYO CHIME in 2015, a program dedicated to serving underprivileged youth in Schenectady and Troy, NY. In 2018, ESYO introduced the Helen Cha-Pyo Golden Baton Award and Scholarships to honor students who shared her passion for using music to uplift and enrich communities.  Cha-Pyo's contributions have been recognized with prestigious awards, including The Dove Leadership Award from the David & Dovetta Wilson Scholarship Fund in 2019, and the Angelos Artist Award from the Angelos Mission Ensemble in 2022. She was further honored with the Eastman Centennial Award from the Eastman School of Music in the same year.  You can check out Wharton Arts at its website, or follow Helen Cha-Pyo at her website, Facebook, or Instagram.   Psst - I’m entering my pre-launch phase for the Happiest Musician Accelerator, a three month group program designed to help classical musicians uncap their income and thrive in their creative careers. If you have been feeling like there’s MORE out there for you - but something is keeping you stuck?  I’d love to speak with you. I have secret early-enrollment offers that are only available this week and next - email me or hop on a discovery call to find out more.    Thanks for joining me on Crushing Classical!  Theme music and audio editing by DreamVance. You can join my email list HERE, so you never miss an episode! I'm your host, Jennet Ingle. I love you all. Stay safe out there!
John Jeter: Rediscovering the music of Louis Ballard
08-02-2024
John Jeter: Rediscovering the music of Louis Ballard
John Jeter has been music director and conductor of the Fort Smith Symphony since 1997. He is the recipient of the Governor’s Award for “Individual Artist of the State of Arkansas”, the Helen M. Thompson Award presented by the League of American Orchestras, and the Mayor’s Achievement Award for services to the City of Fort Smith. Jeter has guest conducted numerous orchestras in the US and Europe. His music education programs for schools reach up to 10,000 students annually. He is also involved in a growing number of music and wellness projects, and has a long history as a media guest and host. He’s recently released a new album on Naxos, featuring the music of Louis Wayne Ballard, the first Native American concert composer.  His music is wonderful and his life and career make for a fascinating story.   You can listen to the music at the link above. Our conversation touched on numerous topics including diversity in programming, audience development, the difficulties and rewards of rediscovering a composer, and why we all need to be proactive in this!  Follow the Fort Smith Symphony and John Jeter at their website. Thanks for joining me on Crushing Classical!  Theme music and audio editing by DreamVance. You can join my email list HERE, so you never miss an episode! I help people to lean into their creative careers and start or grow their income streams. I have three 1:1 coaching slots available this season. You can read more or hop onto a short discovery call from my website. I'm your host, Jennet Ingle. I love you all. Stay safe out there!