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Astrid Baumgardner is a wonderful and inspiring coach who genuinely cares about her students’ and colleagues’ dreams.  She helps us achieve larger goals by using a positive and realistic approach to organizing our time for succeeding in the smaller goals along the way.

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The best thing about Astrid is [her] energy and positive attitude. ...Thank you for all your help, Astrid. You really help break things down and put it in a light that makes it realistic and possible. . Thank you for that and for showing such a great interest in me. I appreciate it.

— ACG, New York, NY

Director of Learning and Engagement, OPERA America

[Opera America hired Astrid to lead two workshops for our 2013 Leadership Intensive.]  Astrid’s background in nonprofit management and ongoing work with performing arts organizations meant that she was able to tailor the leadership workshops to the specific needs of opera leaders.

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Astrid's Blog

Managing Audition Rejection: How Music Entrepreneurs Keep Going
This is the season when music students are hearing about the results of their auditions: from graduate schools, fellowships and summer programs, as well as professional orchestra and other ensemble auditions.With so much competition for a limited number of spots, rejection is a common phenomenon. In two of my recent coaching groups at the Yale School of Music, we went through the different strategies of how best to cope with rejection. In fact, in one of our studios at the Yale School of M...
Finding Your Passions for Success: Think Expansively To Find Your Sweet Spot
I am a huge advocate of doing what you love and finding passion in your life's work. Passion is at the heart of entrepreneurship. Not only is it incredibly motivating to have your work reflect what you love but chances are that you will be more successful if you are able to able to find happiness in your life, including your work, because happiness breeds success. Moreover, knowing your passions can help you discover your life purpose so that you can create the compass for navigating your...
Find Your Life Purpose in 4 Steps: Your Compass for Navigating Your Career Success
As someone who has experienced many career transitions, I know what it is like to feel at sea and unsettled by not knowing what direction to take your career. This feeling to "stuck" can happen at any stage of your career: in the early stages of your career when you are not sure which of the many options to follow. I encounter this situation with talented young musicians who cannot decide what direction to take their careers and want to take charge of their entrepreneurial careers. at m...