By Vidas Pinkevicius (get free updates of new posts here)
I'm on a mission here. I want every organist who can play decently in public get more chances to play organ recitals.
I hope at least 10 000 organists will be playing recitals in 12 months internationally.
Will you be one of them?
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By Ausra Motuzaite-Pinkeviciene (get free updates of new posts here)
Do you want to play more organ recitals but don't have the permission to do so?
The best opportunity, of course, is when you don't need a permission.
If you want to play - play.
Record yourself, post it online, watch it spread. Repeat.
And when you do ask for permission, most importantly - do not spam.
Earn the trust of your prospects by helping them many times before you ask anything in return.
Even then, know that they don't owe you anything.
There's too much noise in the organ world and in order to cut through that noise, you have to answer this question:
If somebody substituted their name instead of yours in your proposed organ recital, would the proposal still make sense?
If it would, then it's not a good proposition and you are not likely to get an invitation to perform. Maybe by accident once or twice. And waiting for accidents is not a reliable way to build a career, though.
The magic happens when you propose to do things that no one else can.
Find out what those things are.
If organists want to secure more recital opportunities on organs that interest them, current practice is to contact the local organist directly and ask him/her. This reaching out is so easy today as so many organists use social media and/or have their own (or their churches') websites. Contacting an organist is as easy as writing a short email proposal or messaging them on social media with little info about yourself and what it is you want from them.
This rarely works, though. If it did, we all would be circling around the globe with multiple recital tours each month. The No. 1 reason for this is that it is and feels like spam - the recipient doesn't know you, doesn't expect your message and in many cases, your proposal may not even be relevant to this person.
It would be better to approach a person who trusts you, who expects your email, and to whom your information would be relevant. What I recommend is that you invest time and effort into building a genuine relationship with this person and help him/her solve their problems long before you even think about asking something back in return.
Here's why I think with this approach you are much more likely to succeed in finding new recital opportunities:
1. The person will get to know you better. Remember that you are just one of the hundreds of organists they communicate with. By showing up in their email inbox regularly you will become your own category, not just one of the many.
2. The person will get to like you more. By helping them solve their problems, it's far more likely that you will be treated as a sincere person whom they would want to recommend.
3. The person will get to trust you more. Nothing can be achieved without mutual trust. Because you have helped him/her in the past so much, a normal reaction is to reciprocate - to spread the art of giving gifts further.
Going forward, as our email inboxes become more and more crowded and our days - more and more hectic, it's vital you continually ask yourself this question, before hitting that "SEND" button: "What can I do to increase their trust?" so that you won't need to chase them but they would come to you instead.
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Drs. Vidas Pinkevicius and Ausra Motuzaite-Pinkeviciene
Organists of Vilnius University , creators of Secrets of Organ Playing.
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