The Weekly Brew

A Fresh, new blog about auditioning, recent audition winners and much more!

Reflections on life without auditions
Written by Andrea Beyer

With no auditions or concerts to prepare for, five New World Symphony musicians share what they are focusing on now, what they are discovering about their musicianship, and what’s keeping them going!

5 Questions to Help Musicians Stay Positive
Written by Astrid Baumgardner

Career and creativity coach Astrid Baumgardner shares advice and resources to help musicians cultivate optimism and stay positive during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Tips for Distance Teaching - Part 2
Written by Andrea Beyer

The second in a two-part post of advice from experienced Teaching Artists. This entry shares strategies for motivating students and teaching musical skills virtually, as well as some newly-discovered silver linings about teaching online.

Tips for Distance Teaching - Part 1
Written by Andrea Beyer

Advice for teachers by teachers. The first in a two-part article about strategies for distance teaching, this post shares tips for creating a good set-up, the technology that is available and how to make the most if it, and options for mics and recording devices.

Reflections on life in lockdown
Written by Andrea Beyer

A conductor, a concert pianist, a performance psychologist, and the principal flutist of a major orchestra share how they are spending their time and staying positive in this time when the classical music world feels like it’s on hold.

The Stay-Home Brew: Celebrating Women's Month
Written by Andrea Beyer

The first entry of our blog for the socially distanced musician! We’re celebrating the end of Women’s History Month by sharing inspiring projects that a few female musicians have done or started this March.