Welcome to my brand new blog! My name is Brianna and many people know me as one of the few organized musicians. I work as both a performer and as a music administrator in the classical music world. Specifically, my position on the business side of things is “Personnel Manager and Music Librarian.” Essentially, this means that I am responsible for making sure that musicians are hired for performances, that they know where they are going, when to be there, what to wear, etc., and that they have music. However, these are just the start of my tasks. I spend lots of time assisting the orchestra director with anything that he needs. I also answer any and all questions that the musicians come up with (and those never end). I communicate with Librarians at other orchestras since we often share music and sometimes ideas on which musicians to hire. Organization is absolutely crucial to this job.
Unlike many people in my field, I have decided to take the route of utilizing technology to make everything possible. I do as much as I can to keep my methods paperless: I don’t like having to carrying around more things than I have to and I like to do my small part for the environment. Plus, I find paperless methods significantly more efficient. Though, I definitely get strange looks when I walk into a new performance hall with my iPad and give instructions based on that. However, the amount of time that I have managed to save is worth every single weird look.
A couple things that you should know about my methods. I am an Apple user. I use an iPad, iPhone, Mac, and Apple Watch. If you aren’t an Apple user, that doesn’t mean that my ideas won’t be at all useful to you, it just means that not all of the specific programs that I use will transfer. Many of these programs have equivalents for Android and PC users.
I am also a Millennial. I love technology and use it with relative ease. I am not a computer programmer, but I will occasionally throw a little bit of code into some of my more complicated shortcuts. To be honest though, most of the time I am copying and pasting it from someone much more talented than me. Thank goodness for Google!
I am incredibly excited about this adventure that I am about to embark on in the blogging world and all that that entails. I have tried blogging in the past, but always with the wrong intentions. In the past, I wanted to blog in order to gain attention or to make money through advertising. Ultimately, with this blog, it doesn’t matter if people read it or not. I hope people do, but this blog is ultimately for my enjoyment.
So, welcome to the Organized Musician – I hope you enjoy the ride!