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A Completely Different Type Of Ample Endowment

There’s a terrific article in the 5/13/2013 edition of Ms. In The Biz by opera soprano Rhoslyn Jones titled “You Look Like An Opera Singer.” All in all, it’s an entertaining piece with Jones taking aim at a number of physical stereotypes, not to mention a delightfully entertaining paragraph length digression about her own ample endowment (granted, she calls it a “full balcony” but this is an orchestra business blog so we might as well wallow in our own parlance).

Adaptistration SingerBut Jones’ post did get me thinking about some of the all-too-real stereotypes of orchestra managers. Although there are some terrific exceptions on both ends of the scale, orchestra managers don’t internalize the whole dress-to-impress mentality. They do a passable job at paying homage on the surface level, but there’s rarely much depth.

Granted, within the greater arts manager community, they rank toward the top of the sartorial food chain but compared to the wider for profit executive culture, it’s a different story.

If you’re curious to learn more about how others perceive orchestra managers, check out a highly entertaining post from 2004 at newmusicbox.org by composer Joseph Dalton that takes an unfiltered look at the way different segments in the performing arts field dress.

If nothing else, both articles might get you to think differently when you open the closet door tomorrow.

3 Responses to A Completely Different Type Of Ample Endowment

  1. Rhoslyn Jones May 15, 2013 at 11:46 am #

    I am fascinated by your articles! Great reads. Thanks for sharing my article too. Cheers :)

    • Drew McManus May 15, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

      Likewise, that was a terrific article; too much great content to cover in any sort of comprehensive way in an overview like this so I hope folks take the time to pop over and give it a complete read.

  2. Aaron Andersen May 15, 2013 at 8:28 pm #

    It depends on both department and the day’s responsibilities. :-) If you’re in the artistic planning or marketing department and have any performance responsibilities that night, suits all around! Same goes for any meetings with board members, other important folks, etc.

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