Ep 59-Julia Adolphe on Scheduling Composing & Business Time

Ep 59-Julia Adolphe on Scheduling Composing & Business Time

Julia Adolphe’s music has been described as “alive with invention” (The New Yorker) and “colorful, mercurial, deftly orchestrated” (The New York Times). Current commissions include a viola concerto for the New York Philharmonic and a large choral work for James Conlon and the Cincinnati May Festival. Adolphe has received numerous awards including a 2016 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award and a 2015 Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.


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Julia Adolphe discusses how to balance her time between composing and working on her composition business.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Connecting through concerts
  • Connecting in person
  • Keeping in touch with potential commissioners
  • Scheduling composing & business time
  • Creating a writing calendar
  • Setting writing goals
  • Communicating throughout the creative process
  • Creating buy-in with the performers
  • Being patient
  • Asking a lot of questions
  • Being curious
  • The power of naps


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