The Weekly Brew

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

Interview with Conductor Carl Topilow
Written by Andrea Beyer

As the Music Director & Conductor of Cleveland POPS, National Repertory Orchestra, & the Firelands Symphony and Faculty Emeritus at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Carl Topilow holds insight into almost every facet of the classical music world. Here he shares how he has been spending his time since the pandemic started and what his various ensembles have been doing to continue reaching their audiences and serving their musicians.

4 Auditions You Can Win (that have nothing to do with talent)

I’m sure you’re well aware of what orchestral auditions are looking for: the best performer. Period. To win these auditions you have to play better than everyone else (and then some).  And even then, the panel might not hire that person because they were really hoping Jascha Heifetz was going to come back from the

Will My Preparation For an Audition be Worth it?

I started taking professional auditions about ten years ago, actually while I was still doing my undergrad.  Back then, the Westmorland Symphony came to our campus in Pittsburgh to hold auditions-quite the luxury in hindsight.  After a year or two there and I started subbing with the Erie Phil-an orchestra I believe every classical musician

The Best Musical Advice: A Cautionary Tale

“Maybe you should go do that.” These six simple words have stuck with me for over ten years now. Of all the profound teachings from lessons, masterclasses, coachings, legendary conductors, and best-selling books on self improvement, nothing even comes close to the same level of transformative power that those words have had on my life.

Tips For Editing Your Recorded Music

Editing audio files might seem challenging, especially if you’re new to the music industry. But don’t worry; with some simple tricks and tools, even beginners can master audio editing like a pro. The primary goal of audio editing is to enhance the quality and overall experience of the music for the audience. Careful editing and