Audience Engagement: Breaking Through that Imaginary Glass Wall

Over the past few years I have worked with several friends on a joint mission to break through the imaginary glass wall the often separates "classical" performers from our audiences.  Through spontaneous events out in the community, pre- and post-concert lobby activities and interactive opportunities during concerts, we have met some pretty amazing people, enjoyed building relationships with our guests and been challenged to grow and become more innovative artists ourselves.


Preview Party Conduct Us Ensemble at Heinz Hall before the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Concert featuring PSO musicians and Carnegie Mellon Univ. students.

Preview Party Conduct Us Ensemble at Heinz Hall in downtown Pittsburgh #2


Folk Music: From Your Backyard to the Concert Hall

This concert at the North Carolina General Assembly in August of 2015 united Christin's passion for music and commitment to the North Carolina arts community with her experience in state government. The concert drew inspiration from North Carolina and featured artists from several counties in an effort to showcase North Carolina's musical talent, foster positive relationships between State Legislators and North Carolina artists, and create an innovative and engaging platform for music in the State Capitol.


Perfect Pitch

Perfect Pitch premiere performance - Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - Kresge Theater, Carnegie Mellon University  Performing Charles Ives' scherzo, "All the Way Around and Back" about a foul ball in baseball.

Perfect Pitch premiere performance - Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - Kresge Theater, Carnegie Mellon University

Performing Charles Ives' scherzo, "All the Way Around and Back" about a foul ball in baseball.

Think baseball and classical music have nothing in common? You’d better think again! Perfect Pitch was a concert series aimed at exploring the music of America’s celebrated composers through the lens of her favorite pastime.  What is the “baseball” in classical music? Who was slugging home runs when Gershwin wrote Porgy and Bess?  What do concertmasters and catchers have in common? Which composer depicted a foul ball through musical sound? Organized by then-Carnegie Mellon University graduate students Katie Russell and Christin Danchi, the concert presented in April 2014 in Pittsburgh featured music by Charles Ives, Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin, as well as the world premieres of several Carnegie Mellon University composers' baseball-inspired compositions.