In this episode, I speak with Jamie Whitmarsh, a freelance percussionist and composer in the Oklahoma City area. He discuss building a freelance career, as well as how to start your own large ensemble, and the challenges associated with that.
Here are some links Jamie gave me to share:
Composer Diversity Database
A fantastic tool to discover new music. There are so many new pieces out there that could change your life, this is one way to find some of them. You can search for pretty much anyone who isn’t a straight, white male, and select different instrumentation or genres.
New Music Box
This is a great way to stay plugged into the modern world of music. So many great articles are written, with lively discussions in the comments.
Oklahoma Modern Music Collective
OKMMC is dedicated to bringing the music of OUR time to audiences everywhere. We believe that the music being written now can be accessible, relevant, and relatable to everyone. Several ensembles are part of this - Duo Rodinia (clarinet and percussion), Great Plains Percussion Group (percussion collective), nu (recording chamber group), and the Oklahoma Composer’s Orchestra.
New Music Engine
This is a great platform for composers to find new opportunities or for performers to host calls for scores/competitions. OKMMC worked with them on multiple calls for scores, and they have been incredibly helpful.
Jamie's biography - https://www.jamiewhitmarsh.com/biography