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The Portfolio Composer

Feb 25, 2016

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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