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"Astrid has turned around the way I look at my career in the most extraordinary way.  I used to think that the professional part of what I do was very separate from the creative and deeply personal aspects of being a composer.  Going after professional opportunities to get my music out there felt to me like a very daunting task--one that I found a little distasteful because it felt like "selling myself."  Astrid really helped me realize that building a career has to come from the most genuine part of myself--in the same way as building a piece.  With this understanding, the professional world looks much less scary to me now, and I'm able to reach out to my professional network with the courage of my conviction, and with the kind of personal investment and care that makes professional experiences deeply meaningful.  Career building is about believing in what you do, and its validity; it is about communication and courage.  It only works if it feels true to who you are.
With her supportive and positive attitude combined with her incredible sensitivity and intelligence, Astrid has created for me a wonderful safe space to discover how I want to develop my goals from the inside out.  I have found in her a true kindred spirit as well as a powerful ally and coach."

— Hannah L., New York, NY

 

Strategic Account Director in NYC

I was very fortunate to make the acquaintance of career coach Astrid Baumgardner in the June 2014 Encore Transition Program at Pace University.  All of us Encore students were exploring how we might create meaningful “second act careers for social good” for ourselves, and Astrid served as a wise, compassionate and enthusiastic counselor in the process.  She guided us through many valuable reflective exercises to help us discover our personal strengths, identify our transferable skills, understand our core values, and identify our areas of life passions.  Astrid’s open and direct style challenged us all, made us less afraid of the unknowns, and affirmed our new uncharted directions.  We all gained a deeper self understanding and established life purpose statements and action plans through Astrid’s work.  I wholeheartedly recommend Astrid for her career coaching skills.  Her respect and love for people will become evident early in your introduction. 

—Diane Coleman, Strategic Account Director, 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

The Power of Vulnerability: How Music Entrepreneurs Experience Deeper Connections and Authentic Success
Now into their second year, my coaching groups at the Yale School of Music have provided a powerful measure of support to our budding artists as they forge the joys and the uncertainties of the artistic path. This year, our coaching groups were much more free form than last year.  Students shared their challenges and successes and we improvised our topics based what came up.  Time again, our musicians talked about their self-doubts, the fears, the struggle to manage time, and the...
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How Music Entrepreneurs Make Decisions: Play the Pain/Gain Game
What happens when you are faced with two appealing alternatives and you do not know which one to chose? Now that festival offerings, graduate school acceptances and other training opportunities are rolling in, our students are often faced with making choices that affect their future. How does one decide, say, between going to New York to embark on a freelance career or moving to a new city to join a training orchestra? Or between competing graduate schools or other career opportunities? You c...
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Managing Transitions for Music Entrepreneurs: Articulate Your Fears To Generate Solutions
With the end of the school year fast approaching, our students are leaving Yale to pursue new ventures, including doctoral programs, joining a military band, studying abroad, and starting their new careers in the freelance world. These external changes signal the process of transition: an internal process that people go through and the emotions that they experience when faced with change. While change is exciting and presents new opportunities, it is also scary and can also generate feelings of ...
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