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Pianist & Yale School of Music Graduate

"It was instrumental in this time of my career to work with Ms. Astrid Baumgardner. She was an empowering source of inspiration, energy, and hope. Her workshop should be required at every musical institution."

— Amy Y., Philadelphia, PA

 

Pianist & Music Entrepreneur

 

"Just at the moment I discovered that the field of life coaching existed a friend of mine referred me to Astrid and I was very happy to be among her first clients.  Similarly the coaching sessions themselves have opened me to lot of synchronicity in my life.   So often I have entered sessions with Astrid feeling overwhelmed and conflicted, and so often I come out of a session feeling aligned and empowered.   It's wonderful how she can slice through so much of my confusion and assist in creating a sense of clarity.   Astrid has boundless positive energy and at the same time is an acute listener. Though I feel I have a ways to go, I am quite aware that since I have been coaching with Astrid, I have maintained more consistent focus and spent more time doing the things I love than before.  I have recommended her to friends and will continue to do so."

— KG, New York, NY

 

Executive Director, Opera Memphis

I was introduced to Astrid's method by way of prep work to be done ahead of session two of a two-part leadership intensive. Having participated in a number of trainings and intensives, I came into the workshop with a commitment to being "open", but also expecting a little more of the same thing, packaged in a different wrapper. What I found within five minutes of the workshop was a feeling of excitement, enthusiasm, and engagement as Astrid began the process of guiding the group through a dynamic two day presentation of leadership training. 

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Astrid's Blog

Turning Arts Entrepreneurs into Inspired Leaders: Know Your WHY
My project in working with musicians and arts leaders is not only to teach arts entrepreneurship—the mindset, skillset and process of actualizing an innovative idea—but also to take entrepreneurship to the next level of cultural leadership To do so, I have my students articulate the greater purpose underlying WHY they make music, teach, perform and then communicate that purpose to the audience on whom they want to have an impact. In fact, by knowing your WHY, you can become the kind of le...
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Conversation with David Shifrin: Creating Opportunities Throughout Your Career
A few weeks ago, I had the honor of interviewing renowned clarinetist and beloved Yale professor David Shifrin, one of only two wind players to have won the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize since the award's inception in 1987.   With  a wide-ranging career as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, chanber musician, university professor, artistic director and collaborator, he has constantly created and sought out opportunities for himself and others.  Thus, he was the ideal pe...
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The Life-Long Journey of Music Entrepreneurship: Where are you now and how can you improve?
We hear a lot today about "arts entrepreneurship" but what exactly does that mean?Let's start with "entrepreneurship":  the process of transforming an idea into an enterprise that creates value—economic, social, cultural, or intellectual-- through innovation risk-taking and actualizing an idea.To me,  "arts entrepreneurship" is:  applying the entrepreneurial mindset (including taking risks, creating and recognizing opportunity, grit and growth) to creative endeavors in order to cr...
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