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Laurie Niles

Promote your violin career... on

February 21, 2007 at 12:08 AM

When you plan your big recital or concert, we want to hear about it!

That's why we've created a new calendar section on This is a section where you can list all the important information about your event, along with your picture. It even provides a link to a Google map to your event, if it is in the United States.

If you are a member of, you may enter listings for free. (Because this is a free service for members, though, we expect you to enter your listings yourself or to have your agent do so on your behalf. Please don't e-mail asking me to input your listings for you....)

Also note that each entry says "Submitted by _____." It is best if the event is submitted by the artist, so that it will link to his/her profile.

We have set up the new Calendar section so that as the list of events grows, we eventually will break it down by month and by location. Until then, we will simply list all the events chronologically.

If you have not updated your profile recently [click the link if you are loggged in], why not take a moment, right now, to do it? You can make this page an excellent showcase for yourself, with sound clips, photos and whatever biographical information you choose to include.

Here are some nice examples of members who have used their profile pages to the fullest:

Igor Yuzefovich
Xenia Akeynikova
Lorenz Gamma

Each of these profile pages has:

(By the way, Lorenz, with his upcoming recital, inspired this whole calendar section – if you are in LA you can thank him by coming to his recital, 8 p.m. Monday at UCLA!)

I also want to announce that we've improved our In Concert feature, with new pages for each uploaded audio and video piece where other readers can comment. We've also added the ability to host your performance mp3s here on, so you no longer have to go through the hassle of finding another place to upload them on the Web. (Of course, if they are already up somewhere else, you are welcome to continue linking to them.)

All mp3s uploaded and linked to 'In Concert' are included in our podcast, which is available through iTunes. We hope that pros on the site will use their personal pages, the concert calendar, 'In Concert' and the podcast to promote themselves and introduce their work to the thousands of violin fans who read the site each day.

Thanks, again, for being part of the community!

From Jim W. Miller
Posted on February 23, 2007 at 3:06 PM
No career to promote here, but I think it would benefit everyone and the site if users were able to delete/edit music samples and accompanying text. The performer could add examples from an upcoming recital and delete them afterward, for example. In the end, it would encourage wider participation and a larger repository of music, I think. I realize there might be technical obstacles to implementing it, but they can be taken care of.

Ultimately it's go to go that way. Interactivity is the wave of the future. So says my 1987 textbook :)

From Jim W. Miller
Posted on February 23, 2007 at 3:20 PM
Oops, not "go to go." "Got to go." Door to door. Hot to trot. Coast to coast. Nationwide. Whatever :)
From Laurie Niles
Posted on February 24, 2007 at 12:32 AM
Hi Jim,
It's a good idea; we'll have the delete function up soon, says Robert. :) We had a delete function on it before, but we changed the system and we still need to restore that feature. Until then, people can just e-mail us if they want to take down a clip.


From Raphael Klayman
Posted on February 24, 2007 at 1:02 PM
Laurie - thanks for this opportunity!


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