This week we chat with Adam Kantor who is currently in previews of Fiddler On The Roof, playing the role of Motel. Adam talks about the challenges of finding his way in creating a role for an original Broadway revival. He also discusses traveling to Eastern Europe as both a personal journey as well as preparation for bringing more honesty to his portrayal of Motel. We also discuss reminding yourself that “You are enough,” even at times when you don’t feel that way. Adam offers a great example of this during his disastrous put-in rehearsal for his Broadway debut in Rent, when Michael Greif pulled him aside at intermission with some words of encouragement. Adam also discusses the role of mentors on his life, not being above an open call, and how it is good to be, “Always learning, always growing, always getting outside of yourself.”
Violist and Assistant Conductor for Les Misérables, Will Curry entered college as a violist but knew he wanted to be a conductor. While at Northwestern he began studying conducting along with viola and began making Broadway connections, which later lead to him being recommended for the tour of Les Misérables. Putting his masters degree on hold, he toured for three years as violist and assistant conductor and for the past year he has been on Broadway and developing a career in NYC. Using his skills from an arts administration minor, Will is the Development Director as well as a performer for the Broadway Chamber Players. We talked with Will about; how he plans ahead and continues to improve his skills as a musician to insure job security in the future, practicing to keep “in shape” with other music and the fundamentals, surprises that still occur after playing the same music for four years, choosing the viola, transitioning from college to touring, tour life, substituting on Broadway and doubling on violin and viola.
We were delighted to have Oboist James Austin Smith share so many facets of his active career. First he talks about his steps to choosing the oboe and a career path, which steered him from an undergraduate double degree in political science and oboe to a Fulbright Scholarship in Germany, then back to the United States for a Masters at Yale. James talks about the difference of the European style of oboe playing and auditioning and how experiencing this led him to vary his career trajectory which is always goal driven, but how the path to that goal can be diverse. He shares his ideas about programing and the importance of being thoughtful about repertoire choice. Speaking candidly about his realization that he didn’t want the orchestral oboist path and finding his relevance in the music world, following a new route to a career. As a teacher he talks about how he focuses his students on the most important skills needed for a successful career.