Organizing chamber music among local free-lancers
I would like to start and organize a chamber music exchange among our local freelance community. I am thinking along the lines of sending out regular (once a month? less?) e-mails to a list of local freelancers asking what they are interested in, how often, etc. and putting together groups, perhaps organized around an informal concert or two per year. I understand that this will take regular work to keep it moving. I'm looking for suggestions. Would love to hear from anyone who has pulled this off. I live in a small city (Lancaster, PA). Most of the local freelancers are balancing family, work, gigging, etc. However, I hope that there are enough out there who love chamber music to make this work.
How big is your local freelance community? I'd expect in a small city, that pretty much everyone that gigs knows each other. You probably see more or less the same set of faces -- i.e., how many local freelancers never play with, say, the Lancaster Symphony? and/or aren't already connected to the symphony players?
Lots of talent in that area.Lancaster has a symphony .If you get a few of those people that would be great. If you can get the right connections there it should work well.Maybe a meetup group?
I'm thinking of sending out a survey (SurveyMonkey?) with a few questions, such as: "what repertoire are you interested in?" "Do you have music?" "Are you more interested in reading, or working up repertoire?" Would you be interested in informal performances?"
The easiest thing is actually a Google Form, which produces a nice spreadsheet in Google Sheets.
There are two basic approaches and a hybrid approach.
Thanks for the suggestions. I'll check out Google Form.
Just a note of caution; you acknowledge in your OP that most of the local freelancers are balancing family, work, and gigging. That doesn't leave much time to add another activity that will neither bring in money nor be a family activity.
Thanks, Mary Ellen. It's going to take a steady follow-through.
Andrew asked, "Is there a place or function where these people come together so they are easy to communicate with?"
Playing chamber music on a regular schedule with a few other local musicians is a major goal of mine as an adult-learner of violin (and maybe a few Early Music stringed instruments). I'm not good enough yet, but luckily my son, who is a very talented pianist with unusually strong perfect pitch in every way, is patient and skilled enough that I have finally at least been playing some duets with him at home, a baroque program we hope to play for our extended family this Christmas.
Christopher I'm only about 10 miles away. I'm a multi instrumentalist , however I'm basic on violin.I'm also very busy with other things but I'd be willing to give a low ( low as in basic) part a try if I could fit it into my schedule. It might help me to improve faster.
Christopher - Thinking further about this I now remember that David Lusterman, who is the publisher of STRINGS magazine and a cellist, has actually done this sort of thing in my neighborhood.
I think organizing freelancers for chamber-music is