Connecting The Audience, Performers, And Composers Through Skype -Part II

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This is the second post in a series about an “Out of the Box” experiment by myself and Travis Weller about using SKYPE as a bridge to connect the audience, performers, and composers, together, during a concert.   This post will contain a flash video of the highlights of that concert.  The video is over 20 minutes long and will allow you to see the process which we used to make this hybrid concert a reality.

The video was created using Pinnacle Studio 10. and an incredible freeware flash converter that makes embedding video, like this, into a website with playback controls a breeze, Free Video to Flash Converter. This  video is hosted here at; please let me know if you would like a copy of it to use for educational purposes.

The Bridging the Gap Between the Composers and Audience Video in Brief:

  1. 0:00 Color Bars
  2. 0:10 Title Sequence
  3. 0:20 Brief Introduction and description
  4. 0:46 Part I, Concert Introduction
  5. 3:22 Part II, Composer, Mr. Brian Balmages
  6. 8:04 Part III, Composer, Dr. Andrew Boysen
  7. 15:06 Part IV, Composer, Dr. Scott Watson
  8. 19:40 Part V, Ending Text, Wrap up
  9. 20:24 END

I would especially like to thank Grove City College Music Education Majors: Brad Volek, Emily Maize, Matthew Haas, and Krista Schmidt for their help with this project.

The next post in this series, Part III, will focus on the hardware and software details of this series…  the “What was used?”, and “How did we use it?” aspects…

Bridging the Gap Between the Composers and Audience, May 2008

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Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is an industry innovator, education clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many education websites. He is currently the Vice President of Innovation and Engagement at Keystone Ridge Designs, Inc. After twenty-three years as a professor and administrator at Grove City College, he made the move into industry in 2018.  As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in various roles over his tenure including the Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Assistant and Associate Chairs of Music and Music and Fine Arts, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Director of Jazz Studies, Stage Manager, and he finished his tenure as the Director of Bands where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Bands, and various small ensembles.

He been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award, the PA Citation of Excellence, and named a “member for life” of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators, an associate member of the American Bandmasters Association,  a past President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association, and a member of various education and music honoraries. He has written for numerous publications including DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, and was the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine for eight years; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications. He is an active conductor, trumpeter, clinician, and educator. Find out more at his website

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