Many young musicians wonder how to go about creating a career in music. They may have a general idea of what they want to do but they are not sure of the steps to take. To help them see that it is indeed possible to create a successful career path in music, I invited four recent alumni of the Yale School of Music (who graduated from YSM between 2004 and 2010) to talk to my students about their career paths and what they have learned about creating successful careers as musicians in today’s world.
Timo Andres: pianist/composer with a hit CD and an active freelance career as a pianist and composer;
Tina Hadari: violinist, member of the Haven String Quartet and founder of Music Haven, a non-profit in New Haven that provides tuition-free string instruction to underprivileged youth;
Paul Murphy: free-lance trumpeter and teaching artist with the NYPhilharmonic; and
Sam Quintal: violist and member of the Jasper String Quartet.
This wonderful group of artists showed my students that it is indeed possible to make one’s way in the world as a musician and that there are many different paths to creating career success. Here are some of the top lessons that I gleaned from their remarks. Next time, I will share my students’ observations.