Q. What can CutTime® offer that
our own musicians and staff can’t?

A. Since it is proven how critical to connect and draw potential new and diverse listeners, medium- to long-term audience development strategies for orchestras demand nearly daily activities of American symphony orchestras. CutTime offers both artistic consulting and services to create meaningful exposures, relationship cultivation and cross-cultural dialogue using both chamber & orchestral programs. Introducing our music, history and methods to your staff and musicians, many will begin to envision their own passionate programs that more effectively extend your orchestra to outside communities.

We must regularly showcase what orchestras do, and who plays in them, answering why and how classical still matters. The League of American Orchestras is offering funding for this purpose.

CutTime offers a menu of services below.

Our music catalog of over 90 titles is ideal for education and community engagement.
It includes famous symphonic works richly transcribed for chamber ensembles. However, services with CutTime founder Rick Robinson (Mr. CutTime) push either gently or boldly past traditional boundaries to awaken newbies to the potential of symphonic music. Robinson developed CutTime as a member bassist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra over 17 years. He teaches musicians why and how to adopt a sharing attitude and to use effective engagement psychology, calling out our inner-Leonard Bernstein, an evangelist for classical music and human universalism. This makes all the difference when speaking to the curious, the alienated or even the veterans.

We can in fact carry symphonic standards on the personality, the joy and any common context that start to draw some new audience toward traditional concerts. When we can dial back the refinement of community and educational events and offer effective (key) information to listening, we step beyond dumbing down to warm up and smarten up the arts. Even for many veteran listeners, classical music is overdue for this makeover.



Bassoonist Bob Williams steps up
Bassoonist Bob Williams talks to students



Many ensembles serve excellent concerts & workshops. CutTime’s quality digs deeper:

  • Blending famous symphonic works with fun and key listening insights for newcomers
  • Hosting off-the-cuff or scripted, we explain the sport of classical music
  • Validating tonality and romantic expression using urban dance grooves in new works
  • Offering unique special and holiday programs (Valentines, MLK, Devil’s Night, Xmas)
  • Creating curiosity by answering unspoken questions (What makes music classical?)
  • Sharing dozens of effective analogies for newcomers to listen into music
  • Dialing between refined vs. raw values in performance and using them strategically
  • Inserting symphonic music amplified into popular bars, restaurants, clubs & outdoors
  • Bringing our own amplification system, good up to 3,000 sq. ft.
  • Reaching eagerly into black and Latino neighborhoods with the why and how
  • Audiences can participate on toy percussion to bring them into the center of music
  • Preparing newcomers for the habits of the concert hall and how they maximize impact
  • Spot interviews with questions aimed at translating the value of fine art music
  • Giving a quick overview of key ideas and tech that make this music tradition classical 
  • Inspiring new attitudes and sheet music for musicians to create bold initiatives


CutTime’s symphonic transcriptions are high-quality and range broadly into crossover. The Kresge-winning compositions and orchestrations by CutTime founder Rick Robinson restore classicism and validate the rich tonality, clever melodies and expressive play of musical ideas from Bach to Mahler. These works introduce counterpoint, modulation and development to listeners more comfortable with songs and dance grooves.

Robinson leads effectively and passionately, whether from his bass, on the podium or hosting. With 4-16 musicians, a week-long (6-day) residency with CutTime could include (max) Robinson directing 3-4 rehearsals with 2 ensembles in 2 educational presentations, 4 church and/or club events, all leading up to a grand evening at your home venue (6-8 services per musician).

Our menu for these services and additional offers include:

    1. MIXED OCTETS WITH YOUR MUSICIANS. Present transcriptions of famous symphonic repertoire in intimate spaces as CutTime Players (fl, cl, bsn, tpt, tbn, perc, vln, bass).
    2. STRING ENSEMBLE. Present similar repertoire transcriptions plus popular new works by Rick Robinson as CutTime Simfonica (strings & percussion plus optional solos for oboe or English horn).
    3. SWEET DEAL. For our full residency rate, at the end of 6-days working with your musicians, your library can keep half of the chamber music publications performed.
    4. CUTTIME SHEET MUSIC. Music is available for purchase from the CutTime catalog inc. popular new compositions for 4-8 musicians.
    5. ORCHESTRA EdCE PROGRAMS. Robinson’s popular compositions for string, chamber and full orchestra are available for rental.
    6. INTRODUCE CLASSICAL TO NEW AUDIENCES. Let CutTime create indelible introductions of symphonic music in your casual communities. Hosting performances, Robinson can engage anyone with effective listening information, clever analogies, personal context, historical overview and audience activities. These activities encourage musician understanding, participation and creativity.
    7. LECTURE-DEMONSTRATIONS. Robinson offers short solo visits in schools, churches and community gatherings, to build rapport and potential partnerships. CutTime methods make classical music matter.
    8. FUTURE OF CLASSICAL MUSIC DISCUSSIONS. Robinson leads an internal discussion with your board, staff or musician committees with key questions and ideas toward a progressive and balanced future for symphony orchestras.
    9. TRAINING. Robinson inspires musicians to become community artists using CutTime engagement paradigms, methods and the strength of their personalities. CutTime can recruit and teach your musicians to arrange music with software.