Public Speaking for Musicians


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As a musician in today’s world, you need to be able to do more than just play. Sometimes you need to stand up for your ideas and communicate as powerfully without your instrument as you do with it. How does one learn to do this? The process is remarkably similar to learning how to play. Steve and Mike will talk through specific steps you can take to become a more comfortable, effective public speaker.


Steve Haase headshot

Steve Haase helps eCommerce businesses transform their marketing with HubSpot. An active public speaker, Steve has presented on marketing at universities and conferences along the East Coast, including events in Boston, New York City, and Washington, DC. Haase holds degrees from the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music and the University of Maryland, College Park. He joined HubSpot via the digital marketing agency, ThoughtLead, which he co-founded, creating campaigns for clients such as IBM, Dow Chemical, Haier, and HubSpot. Prior to ThoughtLead, Steve was a trumpet instrumentalist with the US Navy Band in Washington, DC where he performed at concerts and ceremonies throughout the DC area and around the country, including the inauguration of President Bush and the funeral of President Reagan.

Mike Lemire headshotMike Lemire has spent his career in digital marketing. He started at Blue Note Records helping drive users to their iTunes artists’ pages. Once he was done with all that jazz….he moved onto LBI Media as a media buyer. Mike planned and bought media on behalf of Universal Music Group, Spike TV, and The Florida Panthers. From there he moved onto Yahoo, where he executed digital marketing campaigns with Obama for America, LivingSocial, Ann Taylor, 2K Games, ASPCA, Kroger and US Bank. At HubSpot he loves working with new clients and exploring the world of inbound marketing with them. When Mike isn’t HubSpotting he spends his time singing classical music or listening to jazz. He has been singing with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops since 2010. Feel free to shoot him an email or a tweet about inbound marketing, jazz, classical, or 90’s hip-hop!

About the author

Ashley Danyew

Active as a collaborator, chamber musician, studio teacher, and music entrepreneur, Ashley Danyew is dedicated to teaching and learning and creating new opportunities for music.

Ashley received her B.A. in Music, cum laude from the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia. She completed an M.M. in Music Education at the Eastman School of Music and received the Certificate in Arts Leadership from Eastman’s Institute for Music Leadership. Ashley’s primary piano instructors include Edward Eikner, Dr. Evgeny Rivkin, Louise Barfield, and Dr. Jean Barr. Additionally, she studied organ with Dr. Fletcher Anderson and Dr. Jolene Davis and voice with Dr. Liana Valente. Ashley has performed in masterclasses with George Shirley, Norman McLean, Nadine Whitney, Victor Rosenbaum, Tony Arnold, and Håkan Hagegård.

Ashley performs regularly in a saxophone/piano duo with her husband, Steve Danyew. Together, Ashley and Steve are committed to community education and innovative performance practice through the presentation of classical duo repertoire and transcriptions of vocal art songs. They have presented individual works, recitals, and lecture programs in New York, Massachusetts, and Florida.

Ashley has several years of teaching experience in community music schools, private studio settings, and at the college level, having recently served on the faculty of Fitchburg State University. Ashley also co-founded and currently serves as Co-Artistic Director of the Westminster Chamber Music Workshop, a series of engaging, educational music events. Currently, Ashley is pursuing a PhD in Music Education at the Eastman School of Music.