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.

Coverage requests & guest contributions

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.

Please email classicalconditioningblog@gmail.com with your pitch or press release. Be advised that this inbox is only monitored once per week, and you may not receive an immediate reply.

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.


5 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello – since someone was nice enough to give me a Versatile Blogger Award (clearly he hasn’t met me), I feel duty bound to pass that on. Here’s the link, and if I’ve done this right it will explain everything in words which I have faithfully cut and pasted (thereby proving my versatility).
    Whether or not you choose to follow this up (and it’s taken me, as a rookie, ages to do it) I do mean it, as I enjoy your blog very much.

  2. emiliadaffodil

    Hey. I’m starting a new radio show about light music, wind orchestral music and film music and I’m looking for opinions from people, I saw your only post on wind orchestral music -suggested listening Rocky Point Holiday, I played that a few years ago it’s fun, lots of sweeping and expansive sounds.. Are you familiar with much music for wind orchestra?

      1. Hey I have just started a blog on wind band music.
        My first piece is up there now and my About section is written, I’d love for you to check it out. I take it you study at the Eastman school of music? what instrument do you play? Collaborating sounds cool, I’m not sure what we could do yet. I plan on talking about pieces, composers, history, well regarded bands, concerts and places to find good wind band music so Eastman would be a valuable resource.

  3. I am glad you are fighting for the classical music. Here in Denmark classical ensembles and fine orchestras are facing lack of support. It doesn’t matter how many prices they have won. Those who decide don’t seem to know about the hard work that precedes the ability to perform quality concerts

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