Speak Out: Share Your Passion for New Music

Help Bring Classical Music into the 21st Century with Authority and Aplomb

Monday, July 16, 2012

The lifeblood of any radio station is its hosts. Here at Q2 Music we strive to present hosts who are active, knowledgeable, charismatic and active in today's classical music world, but right now we're looking for the next generation of hosts, people who are open-minded, hungry and passionate about turning people on to new music.

You might be or might know one such person.

If you fit the bill and live in the New York area, send us a demo of your hosting a three-piece show of music. Introduce the recording you’re about to play, and tell us why we should care, what insights you bring to it, whether historic, anecdotal or personal. Then set up the next two pieces similarly. Take us along with you; give us, the listeners, reason to continue listening.

We provide one of the pieces below, but we ask that you select the other two, choosing from music that should find a home on a station about discovery, living composers and electrifying new music. 

Piece One: ‹Your choice›
Piece Two: Gavin Bryars’s Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet
Piece Three: ‹Your choice›

Once you're ready, please send us a few sentences about yourself, along with the show (without the music) as an .mp3 to q2newmusic@gmail.com or as a CD to the following address:

Q2 Music Hosting
WQXR Radio
160 Varick Street
New York, NY 10013

Happy hosting, and we look forward to hearing from you! We'll be accepting demo tapes through Sunday, September 23


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Comments [3]

Thanks for your response. I think that it is asking a lot for new people to bring both music and the ability to sound good as a host. Both Phil and Mary, great musicians, needed to grow into the host role. They were so much better, more comfortable near the end of their tenures than at the beginning.

I am suggesting new hosts, great people and musicians, who only need to grasp the role of host.

BTW, the MusicSprings blog, which heavily supported Q2, is in hiatus. The time critical nature of that enterprise became a burden. If I can figure out how to revive it and be comfortable with what I present, it will be back.

Jul. 18 2012 03:28 PM

Dear Richard,

Thanks for your comment and we appreciate your enthusiasm and consistent support and championing of Q2 Music. This demo tape challenge however is not about reaching out to those composers and musicians for whom Q2 Music is proud to already be a home, but to engage with an undiscovered, as-of-yet unheard portion of the new-music community that has something passionate to say. Q2 Music strives to be inclusive and welcoming of new, contrasting perspectives and voices, but to really honor this spirit means we have to periodically take a step back and admit that we don’t know everyone and that the next great authority and advocate for awesome, contemporary music is out there, flying under the radar, just waiting for a chance to be heard. We will continue to follow our instincts and produce guest-hosted segments with artists whom Q2 Music audiences have grown to know and love. These relationships are paramount and we will always be a home for these artists, but to grow, we have to also insist that Q2 Music is more than just a home for those people we know and choose, but is also a home for the people we don’t yet know, for the insights we have not yet heard, and who might choose us.

Jul. 17 2012 07:44 PM

Are you kidding me? With all of the great "New Music" people in and around New York City, you have to go begging for hosts? We just had Phil and Mary. They were fabulous. In the area are people like Clare Chase, Sarah Kirkland Snyder, Nico Muhly, Philip Glass, Steve Reich; the guys from So Percussion, the other ACME people, people from yMusic; Danny Felsinfeld, Kyle Gann, Greg Sandow; you could get Phil Blackburn from Innova to do some 2 hour gigs; eighth blackbird people. I just took this list from my bookmarks.

I mean, come on. And, believe me, these people are listening to Q2. Some of them depend on it to reach them out to the public. They owe Q2.

Jul. 17 2012 02:54 PM

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