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Whistle While You Work

Nov 30, 2011 8:56:00 AM
By BLO Staff

Behind the scenes at Boston Lyric Opera we have
administrators of diverse backgrounds and interests working away to bring you
beautiful opera. Do we listen to music at work? What do we listen to while we
work? It's not all opera all time around here.

Here's what a few of our staff have to say about their listening habits at

Heather Laplante, Annual Fund Manager:
Music by Matt Nathanson is my go-to during the workday. It’s mellow, fun, and
I’m a sucker for a boy with a guitar.

Nicholas G. Russell, Director of Artistic Operations:
Daytime, I tend not to be listening to music as
background--but occasionally am checking recordings or youtube on certain singers.
If I am working late, or weekends, I am more likely to put
on 'unsolicited' recordings either of singers seeking work, or composers,
looking for a house to put on their work.
With so much listening involved in my day to day activity,
I rarely put on music as 'background' as I find myself getting distracted from
the work I am doing--listening too much to the music, evaluating it, and not
focusing on the task at hand ... so sometimes the best music for me is the
white noise of whatever is going on in the background ...
David Cullen, Accounting Manager:
I listen to a mix of opera and Broadway show tunes. When
I’m working on a difficult project, I find that Bach, Mozart and Philip Glass
help me to concentrate quite well.

What do you listen to while you work? What helps you focus?

More selections from the BLO staff next week!

Topics: behind the scenes, music, BLO staff

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