Artist Residency at Yellow Barn: The WholeHearted Musician Residency for Chamber Music Ensembles
Sep
23
to Sep 30

Artist Residency at Yellow Barn: The WholeHearted Musician Residency for Chamber Music Ensembles

Dana will be working with the Omer Quartet and the Argus Quartet during this one week residency at Yellow Barn in Putney, VT. There will be two public performances documenting the “before and after” work that takes place during the residency.

Topics include:

  • Vision

  • Career Planning

  • Interpersonal dynamics, communication skills and conflict resolution

  • Stage presence, public speaking

  • Rehearsal techniques, goal setting and time management

  • Competition and audition preparation

  • Working with managers and presenters

  • Financial well being and the psychology of wealth building

  • Health and wellness, injury prevention and self-care

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Mastering Group Dynamics:  Learn How to Optimize Communication, Rehearsing and Strategic Planning so Your Ensemble Can Be as Successful as Possible.
May
11
11:00 AM11:00

Mastering Group Dynamics: Learn How to Optimize Communication, Rehearsing and Strategic Planning so Your Ensemble Can Be as Successful as Possible.

Rarely does any chamber music ensemble or group of people get along perfectly without conflict, misunderstandings or disagreements. In most people’s musical education, they are taught how to master their craft but not how to work together with other people. Ensembles are often formed based on playing level and general compatibility but rarely do people take the time to really assess how different personalities work together. Frequent personnel changes and group disbanding are common results of not having the tools to handle challenging interpersonal dynamics, conflicting priorities, misunderstandings and disagreements.

During this 90-minute experiential workshop renowned career coach, psychotherapist and former concert cellist Dana Putnam Fonteneau will teach you how to:

  • Get to the heart of what conflict really is and how to resolve it

  • Turn seemingly conflicting differences into complimentary strengths

  • Increase communication skills including:

    • Clarifying vision

    • Clearly articulate group goals

    • Clearly articulate time commitments

    • Clearly define each person’s roll and responsibilities

    • Clearly articulate group policy around communication turn around time, cancellation policy, and more

  • Learn how to successfully have difficulty conversations and address the “elephant in the room”

  • Learn strategies for resolving tension, dealing with intense emotions, reducing judgement of self and others and getting back on track to successful rehearsing, discussion and decision making.

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How to Conquer Fear and Perform Your Best in Every Situtation
Apr
27
5:00 PM17:00

How to Conquer Fear and Perform Your Best in Every Situtation

  • San Francisco Conservatory of Music (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

During this experiential workshop with renowned peak performance expert, career consultant, psychotherapist and former concert cellist Dana Putnam Fonteneau, she will share her tools and strategies that will help you:

  • Understand why your body freaks out

  • Master your fear and turn it into courage

  • Learn how to turn convert nervousness into excitement

  • Deal with the internal critic

  • Increase confidence on-stage and off

  • Set yourself up for success

  • Set realistic goals that are strategically planned for success

  • Master a successful mindset

  • Learn somatic tools to calm down when scared

Having worked with thousands of musicians around the world, Dana has helped musicians learn how to perform their best, win auditions and teaching jobs, successfully pass interviews, master public speaking and more.

With her unique polymathic background Dana has learned key strategies of human behavior, neuroscience and psychology that help people master their lives and fulfill their potential while making profit doing what they love-defying common and often inaccurate beliefs about how to achieve success.

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How to Help Your Child Have a Successful Life in Music:  Demystifying Career Success and Learning How to Fulfill Human Potential
Apr
13
10:00 AM10:00

How to Help Your Child Have a Successful Life in Music: Demystifying Career Success and Learning How to Fulfill Human Potential

  • San Francisco Conservatory of Music (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

During this experiential talk with renowned career consultant, psychotherapist and former concert cellist Dana Putnam Fonteneau, she will share her life path from concert cellist to psychotherapist to executive coach and founder of Dana Fonteneau Consulting and The WholeHearted Musician.

Having worked with thousands of musicians of all ages, teachers, administrators, boards, entrepreneurs and executives, Dana understands the common traits that create success regardless of profession.

With her unique polymathic background Dana has learned key strategies of human behavior, neuroscience and psychology that help people master their lives and fulfill their potential while making profit doing what they love-defying common and often inaccurate beliefs about how to achieve success.

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Chamber Music America’s 2019 National Conference in New York
Jan
18
to Jan 20

Chamber Music America’s 2019 National Conference in New York

  • Chamber Music America National Conference: Westin Times Square (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Dana will be offering career advising sessions for attendees of the conference. Registration details and information for booking sessions can be found here.

Drawing on her experties as a performance coach, management consultant, financial advisor and psychotherapist, sessions can focus on the following topics:

  • Career guidance for chamber music ensembles including strategic planning, branding, marketing and networking

  • Clarify vision and strategic planning for boards, managers, presenters and administrations

  • Communication skills and conflict resolution for ensembles and organizations

  • Health and wellness and addressing burnout

  • Advising for administrators and teachers on mental health challenges in higher education

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Master a Winning Money Mindset for Musicians
Nov
16
to Feb 22

Master a Winning Money Mindset for Musicians

If you are like most musicians I know, you may be struggling with the balance between artistic development and creating career opportunities while struggling with figuring out how to pay for it all.

Does this sound like you?

•Tired of having success on paper but not in your bank account?

•Struggling to break even between investing in your career and making profit?

•Tired of saying yes to gigs that give great “benefits” but not financial ones?

•Tired of feelings stressed and worried about money all the time?

•Afraid to set boundaries around your fee or cancellation policy for fear of losing work and money?

•Tired of having horrible travel experiences (think middle seat, red-eye flights, multiple stops to an international destination) because you can’t afford better?

•Do you feel like the only way to make “good” money is to do things you hate?

•Sick of stressing out about paying bills because the “check is in the mail”?

👉🏻WHAT IF I COULD HELP YOU DISSOLVE THE EMOTIONS AND ACKNOWLEDGE THAT “MONEY IS JUST A NUMBER”? 💥“IT’S NOT MAGIC, IT’S MATH”. -Ramit Sethi 💫ONCE YOU MASTER YOUR EMOTIONS AND PUT CLEAR, CONSISTENT STRATEGIES IN PLACE, YOU’LL SEE YOUR INCOME GROW.

In this 8-week online webinar course you will learn how to:

✔️Master a healthy financial mindset

✔️Overcome fear, worry, doubt and

resistance when it comes to the financial aspects of your artistic career

✔️Learn how to reduce stress around contract negotiation, collecting payment, etc.

🥇Learn how to “pitch” your projects and ideas

🎭Come up with creative and innovative ways to do what you love and make good money doing it

🥇Learn how to get paid what you are worth

✍🏻Learn how to streamline your finances

👉🏻Gain access to resources to help you learn how to create a budget, start saving regularly and create a retirement account

✍🏻Learn how to master money so that you have more money at the end of your month and not more month at the end of your money.

⏰There will be 8, 90 minute classes on zoom.com

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Jun
15
7:00 PM19:00

Blackbird Creative Lab Guest Presentation

Dana joins the acclaimed new music ensemble eighth blackbird for a guest presentation as part of the Black Creative Lab. The Lab’s mission is to inspire the next generation of performers and composers to share in the ensemble’s vision: to champion a distinctive, dynamic and engaging performance aesthetic. This intensive, human-centered experience will immerse lab fellows in a learn-by-doing, exploratory process of creating new work. By discovering and developing an audacious curatorial vision, lab fellows will be launched on their paths as provocateurs and visionaries in the arts. 

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