CANCELLED: Skills for the Working Musician

CANCELLED: Skills for the Working Musician

Saturday, November 2, 2019, 10am

Saturday, November 2, 2019, 11:15am

Saturday, November 2, 2019, 1pm

Saturday, November 2, 2019, 2:15pm

The Mansion

$17 per session; $50 for the full day

Skills for the Working Musician

This event has been cancelled. In cases of cancellation, we offer automatic refunds. If you paid by credit card, you will receive a refund automatically. If you paid by cash or check, we will issue a check refund within 3 weeks. Refunds will be made directly to the patron who purchased the tickets. Questions? Call the Ticket Office at 301.581.5100.

It takes more than talent to make it as a performer. Strathmore’s Institute for Artistic & Professional Development, which has proudly supported the budding careers of musicians for over a decade, presents this new daylong series of workshops to help working musicians succeed in the real world. Four accomplished working musicians will lead content-rich workshops on marketing, grantwriting, bandleading, and chartwriting.

Registration Prices
$50 for the full day. Add all four sessions to your cart to receive the full day price.
$17 for individual sessions.



Recording and Marketing Your Music with Ken Avis


How do you get your music out to people and attract the interest of media? Review the options, resources, costs, and opportunities for making and distributing music that gets noticed, from CD design to press and radio promo, in this comprehensive seminar.


Get Funded! with Maureen Andary


Who have you always wanted to study with? Where have you always wanted to go? Do you want to develop an album, a performance, or a community workshop? When you apply for a grant, it’s not just about the money. Grantwriting gives you a better understanding of who you are and your creative plans, forces you to create production schedules and budgets, and gives you an opportunity to audition in front of arts leaders. Find out how to apply for grants, review sample applications, and learn about various programs.


Becoming an Effective Bandleader with Seth Kibel


Bandleading can be tricky: musicians tend to be independent, but by nature a bandleader must have some level of authority. Getting the proper results without alienating those performing for you can be a difficult balancing act.  Kibel has over two decades of experience as both a bandleader and sideman in multiple genres. Come learn from his successes… as well as his mistakes!


Charting the Course with Lena Seikaly


Have you written a song, but aren’t sure how to put it to paper? Or maybe you’ve made a chart before, but want to fine-tune your skills? Chartwriting is essential to the creative process and even “sketches” of compositions and songs provide a necessary jumping-off point for collaboration. Seikaly discuss the basics and key terms of music notation and teaches you how to write simple chord charts, lead sheets, and other types of sheet music. You’ll also learn how much information is required for various performance goals, and compare music notation programs that make the chart-writing process even easier.



About the Instructors

Ken Avis
Ken Avis
is a musician, radio host, festival presenter, music writer, record label owner, and filmmaker. His award-winning band Veronneau has enjoyed three Top 10 Album Releases on the jazz and world music charts and tours extensively in the US, Europe, and Canada.



Maureen Andary
Maureen Andary
is a member of the Washington Area Music Award-winning folk duo The Sweater Set and has received ten grants and fellowships for performance, production, promotion, and education. A former Strathmore Artist in Residence, she currently teaches and showcases emerging artists in her performance space, Takoma Ranch.


Seth Kibel
Seth Kibel
is one of the Mid-Atlantic’s premier woodwind specialists, wowing audiences on saxophone, clarinet, and flute. He is currently the featured performer with The Alexandria Kleztet, Bay Jazz Project, Music Pilgrim Trio, The Natty Beaux, and more.



Lena Seikaly
Lena Seikaly
has performed as a jazz and classical vocalist in Washington, DC for over 12 years. She was a semifinalist for the 2015 Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Vocals Competition and is an alum of the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, and Strathmore Artist in Residence programs.

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