18. April 2008 · 2 comments · Categories: Ramble

… just received via email a few minutes ago:

Dear Patty
I am a big fan of your blog! I co-blog with Bill Eddins for Drew McManus on www.insidethearts.com . I wanted to let you know I had Alecia Lawyer an Oboist and founder of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra guest blog for me today: Introducing Alecia Lawyer
She is going to be a monthly contributor!
Best wishes
Ron Spigelman

Blog – www.adaptistration.com/sticksanddrones
Music Director – Springfield Symphony Orchestra (MO)
Music Director – Metropolitan Classical Ballet
Conducting/Special Topics – Drury University

You can bet I’ll be checking this out right now. You might want to, too. 🙂

(And thank you, Ron, for your kind words. You’ve made my day!)


  1. as a former houstonian, i am impressed with alecia’s ROCO accomplishments, especially since OrchestraX (which she and other GenX Houston freelancers played in, and which was designed to attract GenXers to classical music) seemed to peter out. my only complaint is its elitist tendencies. River Oaks is sort of like the Houston equivalent of Beverly Hills, so the name itself is a little uppity. and i think the orchestra definitely caters to the upper middle class, which is a great area to cater to, and hopefully will build future arts supporters. but it does bother me a little anyway.

  2. It’s so difficult not to cater to the wealthy, but I understand, Gabrielle.

    We are really in a difficult biz, you know? We want to reach out to the “average joe” but we rely so heavily on the wealthy folk. Having had very unpleasant encounters with a wealthy individual I’d give anything to not have to deal with some of those folks. Still, they are how we survive.