Ep 68-Whitney George on Why You Need Your Own Ensemble

Ep 68-Whitney George on Why You Need Your Own Ensemble

Whitney George is a composer and conductor who specializes in the use of mixed media to blur the distinctions between concert performance, installation art, and theater. Utilizing a wide variety of material including literary texts, silent film, stock footage, and visual arts, George’s compositions are characterized by an immersive theatricality that thrives on collaboration in all phases of the creative process with an affinity for the macabre, the fantastic, and the bizarre.

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Composer and ensemble leader Whitney George discusses what it takes to start an ensemble and why you should, too.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Macabre & fantastical
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • Building an audience within a niche
  • Collaboration
  • Having a strong narrative
  • Considering the strengths of the venue
  • Starting an ensemble
  • Having your music performed
  • The tedium of starting an ensemble
  • Becoming a 501(c)3
  • Having a business checking account
  • Having a CPA
  • Writing & communication
  • Being organized
  • A business in a business
  • Good book keeping & budgeting
  • Correspondence
  • Having a business partner
  • Spending time on your business


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  1. Rain Worthington May 2, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    Thanks so much, Whitney. Some terrific stepwise practical advice for composers interested going in the direction of forming an ensemble.

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