Category Archives: Doing the Work Podcast

Episode #99: Tobias Wright Returns!

This week we have Tobias Wright on the podcast to help celebrate the album release of The Great God Pan! Toby has been busy traveling all over the country singing his heart out and making all the art and we’re very lucky that he took the time to Skype in from Hiawatha, Kansas. We talk premieres, dogs, and how to stay healthy and sane in our modern political climate. Shoutouts to Sara Stock and Jacquelyn Stucker! Enjoy!

Episode #97: Doing the Work with Yuri Lysoivanov

This week we have Yuri Lysoivanov on the podcast! Yuri is the the chair of the Recording Arts Department Tribeca Flashpoint College here in Chicago. In addition to his recording work, Yuri is also a composer and pianist. We talk about immigrating to the U.S., Third Coast Baroque, Russian music teachers, and being forever unsatisfied with all our artistic endeavors. Enjoy!

Episode #96: Doing the Work with The Great God Pan

This week we have your favorite Chicago artists from the Navona Records recording of The Great God Pan by Ross Crean! We take a moment to catch up with Ross Crean, Sarah Thompson Johansen, Andrew Fisher, and Vince Wallace. We talk all about the recording process, what we’ve been up to since December, and our mutual love of Taco Bell. Great God Pan is available starting on Aug. 11th wherever fine albums are sold on the internet! Pick one up today! Enjoy!

Episode #93: Jared Esguerra Returns!

Jared’s back! And in his over-all shorts, no less! Jared and I talk about The Grant Park Music Festival’s Project Inclusion, The Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Chorus, and how our brains contextualize music. We also spend way too much time brain-storming how to start a business making romp-hims for Jared to wear. Shout-outs to Ashley Little’s Material Concepts and Paul Nicholson! Enjoy!

Episode #92: Doing the Work with Jacquelyn Stucker

This week we have Jacquelyn Stucker on the podcast! Jacquelyn is a fantastic soprano who just finished her DMA at the New England Conservatory, is spending her summer at Santa Fe Opera, and will be moving the London in the fall to join the Jette Parker Young Artist Program at the Royal Opera House. Intimidated yet? Don’t be! Jacquelyn is so kind and funny and we had a blast chatting about translation, conflict stomach, and falling in love with music over and over again! Enjoy!

Photo by Andrew Bogard

Episode #91: Doing the Work with Justin Werner

This week we have Justin Werner on the podcast! Justin is one of the co-founders of Couret & Werner Artist Management and the founder of New York Opera Exchange. He and I sit down to talk about transitioning from singer to artist manager, artist specialization, and the role of management in making the art world a better place. Justin is kind and eloquent and I had a blast talking with him. Enjoy!

Episode #90: Doing the Work with Ashley Kay Armstrong

This week we have Ashley Kay Armstrong on the Podcast! Ashley currently stars in Chicago Fringe Opera’s Lucrezia at the Chopin Theater. You have two more chances to see Ashley kill it in this show: May 11th and 13th. Use offer code JOIN@50 for $20 tickets to the May 11th performance. Ashley and I talk about opera characters, yoga, and the realities of the patriarchy. Enjoy!

Episode #89: Doing the Work with Mark Campbell

This week we have Mark Campbell on the Podcast! Mark is one of the most successful and prolific librettists of our time and he sits down to TALK WITH US! We talk about so many of his operas: “As one,” “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs,” “The Summer King,” “Silent Night,” “The Shining,” and many more! With 6 premieres this year, Mark is incredibly busy, which makes his time with me all the more special! We talk mentorship, connecting with characters, and the importance of collaboration! Enjoy!