The holiday season is a time to remember the people we’re thankful for and for the time, the money, and the help they’ve given us. The classical music ecosystem can’t function or even exist without many people putting in a lot of effort. It’s also a time to remember that the field should have joy and life. Our music must have it--and we must have it in our lives. So, take some time to be thankful and merry.
It takes a lot of work just to do a small concert or tour. When you think you’ve done everything you can do to reach an audience, you’ve probably only just scratched the surface. Asking other people--your audience, your musicians, your friends-- can help push you in directions you didn’t previously realize were possible. Because of your own background and habits of thinking, you didn’t see them. Once you do see them, you can be reminded of how much is still out there. Keep looking.