Orvieto Musica presents:
OM Conversations: Navigating the Ups & Downs of a Music Career.
Sunday, September 13, 4:00 PM ET / 3:00 PM CT via Zoom
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Life across the globe has been put on hold. As industries creep back to life, the arts are still largely paused. But, the arts will return. Join us for a discussion with notable Orvieto Musica alumni as they share how to navigate artistic ebbs and flows­—the ups and downs of a career in music. Moderated by Ismail Akbar.

OM conversations navigating ups and downs of music career
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Trudy Chan piano
Trudy Chan, OM ’94-98
New York-based collaborative pianist, musicologist, and music industry professional Trudy Chan is the owner of Black Tea Music, a boutique artist management and music publishing consultant focused primarily on composers and new music-inclined musicians.  She is also Co-Artistic Director of Cheah Chan Duo with vocalist Phillip Cheah, presenting curated art-song programs. 

John Bryant Trumpet
John Bryant, OM ’08
Atlanta-based trumpeter and teacher, Dr. John Bryant is a member of the Savannah Philharmonic, The Atlanta Pops, and the Augusta Symphony.  He also serves on faculty at Reinhardt University. When not playing or teaching music, you can find him on his yoga mat.  John is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

Kathryn Satoh violin
Kathryn Satoh, OM ’10
Kathryn Satoh drives her artistic career with a passion for human connectivity. She is an active teaching artist, and co-founded Bow & Hammer (2012-2020), a violin/piano duo that prioritized the experience of earnest dialogue. A collaborator to the core, she sees chamber music as a timeless manifestation of social interaction.

ismail akbar cello
Ismail Akbar, OM ’14, ’17
OM Board of Directors
As Cello Teaching Artist of the Atlanta Music Project, Akbar is an advocate for social change through musical excellence.  Mr. Akbar has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout Panama, Bahamas, Russia and Italy.  Mr. Akbar is currently professor of cello and chamber music at Clayton State University, Spelman College and Clark Atlanta University.