While you are studying, observing, experimenting, do not remain content with the surface of things […] In your work there must always be passion.
—Ivan Pavlov, scientist who first modeled classical conditioning as a mechanism of learning
Hi! Thanks for visiting Classical Conditioning!
My name is Carly, and I’m a professional oboist, writer, and arts administrator based in South Florida (and sometimes Canada). You can find me on the Internet here.
This blog is a personal project, which began during my undergraduate studies in 2012, and has evolved to incorporate program notes, personal essays, and analyses of social issues as they intersect with music and the arts.
Every topic is diligently researched, and every post is filled with a wealth of links to point you toward further information. Don’t hesitate to comment on a post with your questions or thoughts, and you can also reach out via Twitter or email.
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I accept requests for interviews, EP/album reviews, project coverage, and live performance reviews (South Florida only) from emerging and early-career classical artists and ensembles. I also accept pitches for guest posts (including articles, essays, and criticism) from writers who emphasize social justice in their work. Artists and writers who identify as belonging to underrepresented communities will be prioritized.
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What’s with the old-timey picture?
This fantastic photo of an all-women orchestra from 1890 proves that women have been making classical music for centuries!
Though the website where I sourced the photo doesn’t identify the name or history of the ensemble, I was immediately captured by their force of personality. Highlights include: angry clarinetist (bottom left), eyeroll cellist (far left), and exhausted trombonist (far right). I like to think that these young women used their music, their humor, and a bit of courage to rock the concert hall — and the patriarchy.
The opinions featured on this blog are my own, and do not reflect the opinions of any of my past or present universities or employers.