Gaining Proficiency Podcast
By Emily Jenkins
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Meeting the multi-talented, inspiring musicians and creative artists of today and learning how they envision themselves “making it” in their field.
||ExplicitEpisode 16: Hannah Heinz, ukulele/pianist/harpist/sound producer/chef||Better late than never...! Here we are, already at episode 17 of the Gaining Proficiency Podcast - can you believe it?! Today's guest is Hannah Heinz, who has several amazing talents she shares with the world: she's a pianist, harpist, composer, improvi||5/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 15: Steve Landis (double bass, composition) & Amy Zigler (piano, musicology)||"Music should always be a natural part of existence" - one of my favorite quotes from my interview with Steve and Amy in this week's episode of Gaining Proficiency! They were an absolute delight to chat with not only as a married couple thriving in the||4/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 14: Gavin Brivik, film/television composer||Oscar-nominated composer Gavin Brivik is featured on today's episode of Gaining Proficiency! Gavin is CRUSHING IT in the film and television composition world, currently living in New York completing his Masters of Music in Composition with an emphasis||4/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 13: Allison Shinnick, pianist/instructor||Piano pedagogy, oboe performance, living in Germany, playing for professional Girl Choirs, and reflecting back on 6th grade (the glory days!) are just a handful of subjects I covered with today's podcast guest, Allison Shinnick! I was so lucky to have m||3/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 12: Bruce Faske, trombone & Brittany Hendricks, trumpet||Texas natives and husband/wife super-duo Bruce Faske and Brittany Hendricks are featured in Episode 12 on Gaining Proficiency. This interview was truly a double whammy in all senses: double the amazing storytelling, laughs and wisdom from two very uniq||3/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 11: Corey Seapy, conductor||DMA candidate Corey Seapy is my honored guest on Episode 11 of Gaining Proficiency! CRAZY to think that Corey was only my second interview I had done last summer before knowing that the podcast would be a regular, bi-weekly thing! So exciting! Corey and||2/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 10: Scott Steele, software engineer/composer||Making his own pasta sauce from scratch, stopping to smell the roses with wife June, and Buddhism - this is only a handful of my favorite moments in this interview with Scott Steele in today's episode. Scott is an amazingly intellectual friend of mine w||2/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 9: Daniel Morel, composer||(Almost Dr!) Daniel Morel is today's guest on the Gaining Proficiency Podcast. Some highlights of today's episode for me include our shared experiences with Amish people and what happens to them while they shop at WalMart, his amazing story of working f||1/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 8: Erik Jansen, pianist||What's NOT to love about Erik Jansen? Nothing. The answer is nothing. He was such a delightful guest to bring on to the Gaining Proficiency Podcast. We discuss his international tour (!), past life filled with karate and musical theater, his recovery fr||1/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 7: Bethania Baray Harrison, soprano||Professional opera singer and college professor Bethania Baray Harrison is featured in episode 7 of GPP, where she and I discuss her advice for how to persevere in the cut-through vocal world and how to stay dedicated - but not TOO over the top - to a l||12/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 6: Mark Lauer, bassoonist||Bassoonist Mark Lauer is my guest on today's episode, where we chat about his love for Frank Zappa, transitioning between degree programs, moving to Florida, and his amazing story of how he became the musician he is today. This interview is especially n||12/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 5: Jessica Koebbe, pianist||Dr. Jessica Koebbe is today's podcast guest, and she's a true gem of a human AND musician. In this episode, we discuss her life of balance as a mom, university educator, performer, collaborator, and how to deal with the haters who don't understand our c||11/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 4: Andy Schwartz, photographer/bass trombonist||Andy's episode is one that I've been over-the-top giddy to release to all of you. He and I had such a great conversation about his musical training, owning his own photography business, and how to properly "adult" in this day in age - something we are a||10/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 3: Christopher Fashun, conductor/performer/music educator||WE'RE BACK!!! Today's interview was with Christopher Fashun, a long-time friend and mentor of mine who I first met during my undergraduate years at Goshen College. Since then, Dr. Fashun has done tons of great projects and continues to inspire students||10/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitLIFE UPDATE!||Holy SMOKES! It's been quite the summer over here, people! Here's a brief check-in where I tell you why the heck there have been no new podcast episodes, as well as some fun things to look forward to in the future episodes. Next episode will drop THIS S||9/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 2: Alison DeSimone, musicologist/harpsichordist||In today's episode, I drink share some deep thoughts and red wine with Dr. Alison DeSimone, Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. We discuss her life as a keyboard player, her passion for Baroque music, how she mentors||6/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 1: John Chittum, trombonist/composer/audio + software engineer||In our first episode, I interview John Chittum, whose name I reference in the opening episode as someone who has truly make this podcast happen. He tells his story of living in a figure eight of locations, his time while as a Fulbright Scholar in Stockh||6/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWELCOME!||Hi there! Listen to this episode first before you dive into the rest of the podcast so you know what to expect. I give a brief breakdown of how this project evolved, a bit of who I am, and what to expect in future episodes. Cheers!||6/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Thoughtful and inspiring!
This podcast is exactly what I'm needing right now. I'm going through some burnout with my job, at some points questioning whether I want to keep teaching music. But listening to your interviews has helped me to start thinking about it in a new light. Thank you!