From the Maslanka Archive – No. 18, Composer Garrett Hope’s Interview of David & Matthew

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It’s time for another edition of From the Maslanka Archive. We are actively building the Archive, but it won’t be ready for public viewing for a while. In the meantime, we wanted to show off some great items we’ve already collected.

We also wanted to inspire YOU to help grow the collection. We would love to feature you in an upcoming edition! Simply provide us with photos, video, audio, or stories of your time together and you may find them on the front page. 

This week, we are excited to feature an episode from the podcast The Portfolio Composer featuring composer Garrett Hope interviewing David and Matthew about the genesis of Maslanka Press. In this episode, Garrett, David, and Matthew discuss:

  • Self-publishing
  • Showing up
  • Taking it one step at a time
  • Persistence
  • Working like a demon
  • Having faith in choosing a composing career
  • The self-study Harvard MBA
  • Follow the money
  • Have a book keeper and accountant
  • Getting back to people timely
  • Making a good visual presentation
  • Building a team
  • Hiring an assistant
  • Black Ribbon
  • Sell, don’t rent your music
  • Asia Pacific Band Director’s Association
  • One person/director/performer at a time
  • Maximizing your options

Listen below to Episode 152 of The Portfolio Composer – In Memoriam David Maslanka [Rebroadcast]. The original episode and bullet-points were obtained here.

Garrett Hope was born into a family that valued and practiced music daily. His mother was a primary school music teacher and children’s choir director. As a result Garrett has been performing on stages of various sizes and in front many different audiences since he was toddler. Garrett studied piano, clarinet, guitar, and bass as he was growing up.

Though he tinkered with sequencing and song writing it wasn’t until he began studying composition at Colorado Christian University that he found his musical passion—composition. Uncovering this passion led to the completion of graduate degrees from the University of Northern Colorado (MM) and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (DMA) where he also discovered his other great passion and purpose in life—teaching.

Garrett has taught composition, music theory, music technology, and ear training as adjunct faculty at several institutions, including a position as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Pennsylvania. Returning to Lincoln after teaching in PA has allowed Garrett to focus on composing new music for ensembles of all styles and genres, to teach guitar, bass, composition, and theory, and to help composers around the world thrive in their art. He is a certified life coach. As a composer he loves working with dancers, artists, scientists, film makers, and music teachers. As a certified piano technician Garrett also owns and runs the Nebraska Tuning Company, LLC, Lincoln’s premiere piano tuning company. You can check out his music on his website

If you would like to listen to more episodes of The Portfolio Composer, please follow the link below:

A very special thanks to Garrett Hope for his devotion to David and his music as well as his years of support to composers everywhere. Please visit his podcast website and listen to more episodes of The Portfolio Composer.

Would you like to be featured in an upcoming edition of From the Maslanka Archive? It’s easy! Please send us anything you have (picture, audio, video, concert poster, concert program, correspondence with David, etc.) and we will feature you!

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