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On the future of classical music.
by Holly Mulcahy
Published every first Monday of the month.
101 Articles
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Starting Next Month, Neo Classical Will Have A New Home
It has been six wonderful years at The Partial Observer.
September 6, 2010
Speaking The Unspeakable
A slip of the tongue helps maintain vigilance.
August 2, 2010
Orchestra Etiquette Part II
A view through the centuries on proper behavior.
July 5, 2010
Orchestra Etiquette Part I
A view through the centuries on proper behavior.
June 7, 2010
Lambs to Slaughter
Eroding the value of mentoring programs.
May 3, 2010
It's Black and White
The hidden effects of cutting corners
April 5, 2010
Orchestra Smaland
What a Swedish mega-retailer can teach classical music about building a customer base.
March 1, 2010
The Dream Job
I wish my job as an orchestra musician was as easy as some make it seem.
February 1, 2010
Marketing to Procrastinators
Overcoming the hurdles of putting off the things we love and enjoy.
January 4, 2010
The Google Philharmonic
Why orchestras should take a page out of Google's business philosophy handbook.
December 7, 2009
What Would Donald Draper Do?
Imagining classical music through the lens of Mad Men.
November 2, 2009
Talent Is Overrated
The benefits of demystifying classical music.
October 5, 2009
Sorry, We're Fresh Out of Mahler
The less compelling side of program substitutions.
September 7, 2009
Fishing With The Right Bait
Should patrons be allowed a say in programming?
August 3, 2009
Should Orchestras Confine Themselves To A Certain Genre?
Answering a question from a colleague.
July 6, 2009
Give The Gift of Music
An unusual gift with purpose.
May 31, 2009
Stark reminders of classical music's longevity.
May 4, 2009
Thinking Outside the Box Seats
Would incentive plans inspire ticket sales?
April 6, 2009
"There Are No Words"
When words fail, music finds a way to communicate.
March 2, 2009
How To Alienate Your Audience In 10 Easy Steps: Audiences
A satirical look at how orchestra adience members can negatively impact their fellow ticket buyers.
February 2, 2009
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Author Bio:
Holly Mulcahy
As Neo Classical’s second author, Ms. Mulcahy took over the column in June, 2007. After playing several years as a full-time violinist with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Mulcahy has enjoyed a productive career as a freelance violinist in Chicago, where she performs regularly with Music of the Baroque, the Chicago Opera Theater, and the Milwaukee Symphony. Prior to her job in Richmond, Ms. Mulcahy has served as a principal violin in several Regional Orchestras and as a substitute violinist with the Baltimore Symphony and the Washington Opera Orchestra. Additionally, Ms. Mulcahy has performed in the Grand Teton Music Festival since 2003.

When not performing, she divides her time between her love for cooking and her passion of keeping aquariums. Additionally, hiking, traveling, and playing with her three cats seem to fit into her busy schedule as well.

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Author Bio:
Drew McManus, Original Columnist
Musician, manager, and cultural entrepreneur Drew McManus has been involved with every aspect of nonprofit performing arts and charitable organizations. He has become one of the most unique individuals in this industry who is trusted and respected by administrators, academics, board members, music directors, musicians and union officials alike.

Currently, Mr. McManus works as a self employed Arts Consultant with a wide range of clients from orchestra administrations and orchestra players associations. In 2005, Mr. McManus was among the first U.S. cultural administrators and journalists to spend more than a full week in Caracas, Venezuela as an official guest of the government to study the Fundacion del Estado para el Sistema Nacional de las Orquestras Juveniles e Infantiles, commonly referred to as “El Sistema,” which resulted in the first detailed series of articles in the U.S. highlighting the program and its accomplishments.

When he isn’t working 14 hour days, Mr. McManus spends time with his wife, avoids cutting off his fingers while pursing his love for woodworking, and playing with his three cats; Carmen, Tosca, and Cody.

Mr. McManus was the original author of New Classical and during that time published 63 articles from February 2004 to May, 2007.

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How To Alienate Your Audience in 10 Easy Steps: Musicians
A satirical look at how regular musicians negatively impact the future of classical music.
December 1, 2008
Carl Stalling Was A Genius
Everything you need to know about classical music can be learned by watching Bugs Bunny cartoons.
November 8, 2004
How To Alienate Your Audience In 10 Easy Steps: Audiences
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February 2, 2009
How Competition Could Revive Classical Music
When did classical music lose its competitive edge?
June 4, 2007

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