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Lana Mountford

How would you describe your music?

Choral in all combinations (SSAA, TTBB, SATB)

What is your role in your band? In the studio? In business or marketing decisions?

"No band -- I do more ""classical"" music. I sing with a 40-voice chamber choir in which I also serve as assistant conductor; and a 28 voice women's choir (plus a 20-voice church choir).

As a composer, I write music for a cappella choir, as well as accompanied choir, usually for voices plus one or two other instruments.

As far as decisions regarding my music -- I have total control over the stuff I write until I turn it over to a publisher. I serve on the boards of the two non-church vocal ensembles, so I have *some* influence over business and marketing decisions."

Describe your gear.

?? I sing -- so I suppose my voice would be my "gear." I also compose using a MacBook Pro and an M-Audio midi keyboard with Finale notation software.

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Do you think being a woman and a musician is different from being a man and a musician? If so, how? Was there a moment that made a difference clear to you?

My voice is higher than most men's, and there are usually more women than men who want to sing in an ensemble. Other than that, I've seen no difference in how I've been treated. My music is taken just as seriously, my conducting is respected just as much, and my singing is likewise appreciated.

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Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

Only small difference -- some younger women just starting school seem to assume they can bypass all the hard work and be a "star" immediately (a la "American Idol"). The business doesn't exactly work the way they want it to work.

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Did anyone ever give you any valuable advice about making your way in the music industry? What advice would you give to a woman musician just starting out?

Learn as much as you can about ALL aspects of your chosen craft, apprentice if you have the opportunity, and don't expect to "make it big" until you've paid SOME dues.

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

I started on piano -- switched to voice when I learned I could sing

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