Joshua Roman is creating awesome cello music
53
patrons
Thank you so much for being here! I'm a cellist and composer who loves to challenge the very definition of a “classical musician”, by living out the belief that the Execution of a performer and the Creativity of a composer do not have to be separate, but are complementary skills for a well rounded musician.

I grew up in Oklahoma, where I started the cello at 3 years old, and for the first 10 years my teacher was not a cellist, but a violinist! Mr. McLarry gave me a strong sense of musical purpose and integrity, and I think he also spoiled me with a love for playing melodies - something violins are known for, but in orchestra and chamber music at least, cellos rarely have. I went to the Cleveland Institute of Music at 16, and after graduating at 21 with a Masters in Music (what does that even mean, haha?), I won the Principal Cello position with the Seattle Symphony. I loved the city of Seattle, my wonderful colleagues in the Symphony, and much of the amazing music we played. But I had always wanted more; for as long as I can remember, I have known that I would only be happy as a soloist. Every week, whichever violin, piano, or cello soloist was visiting the Seattle Symphony would perform their concerto only three feet away from my spot in the orchestra, and it was a huge source of inspiration. I had lessons in how to act towards the orchestra (or how not to act), and a constant reminder that I was still not exactly where I wanted to be. So, while I was there, I said yes to every opportunity to be in the spotlight whether or not it was in Seattle, and took every collaborative chance I could, regardless of genre, venue, or even art form. After two years, I had built up momentum and a reputation of my own, separate from the symphony, and it was time to move to New York City and follow my dream. Since then I have been traveling the world playing concertos with orchestras, recitals with wonderful musicians, and taking on all kinds of projects that don’t fit the “traditional” model of a soloist.

My path has been a unique one, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Oklahoma is not the first place people think of as a hotspot for classical cello, and starting a soloist’s career from inside an orchestra is very rare these days. But I’ve found that by staying true to my dream and open to experimenting musically, I’ve been blessed with a rich variety of musical experiences and interactions that have made me comfortable in almost any situation, and hungry for creativity alongside excellence of execution. Over the last few years, I’ve watched the classical world struggle with how to stay relevant, and I am looking deeper at its traditions and where they come from. My own experiences and studies have led me to feel more connected than ever with the centuries-old tradition of classical music as I see it:a tradition of creativity and innovation built on the knowledge of those who have gone before.

I have always been grateful for the support of others; I can name many who have helped me in extremely significant ways over the years, and the number of people working behind the scenes to make ANY performance possible is humbling. Recently, I’ve been feeling the urge to build a community of music lovers who want to a more direct connection with the musicians behind the music they love. Right now, my YouTube channel has over 1,200,000 views, and it’s mostly videos of etudes written for cellists. But there’s no built-in follow up, and no way for that work to be supported so that I can take the engagement with cellists around the world to the next level. One of my good friends, Jesse Lewis, is a multi-Grammy award winning Record Producer, but finding funding to get our unique recording collaborations into the studio and out into the world is not easy.

Thus, this Patreon community. This is where your direct support enables me to work with experts in recording, producing, and community building so that the best ideas are realized in the best way possible. More time to be creative, higher production values, more music to share with you, and more interaction as I show you what goes into a cutting-edge 21st century career as a classical soloist.

Some of my recent projects include composing a piece to perform live with the opening video at TED 2017 in Vancouver, composing the score to this short animation about the life cycle of HIV, and something I’m super excited about, my first Patreon-funded video improvisation with Jesse Lewis. We also just announced a special challenge (the Popper Challenge!) to cellists all of the world for 2019, the anniversary of when I started the Popper Project, my collection of video recordings of all 40 of David Popper’s Etudes from “The High-School of Cello Playing” , which are the absolute standard for cellists and the reason for the bulk of my YouTube channel’s activity.

As a patron, you'll get early and sometimes exclusive access to new music videos and recordings, as well as:
  • Live Practice and Improv Sessions with Live Chat
  • Personalized musical goodies and individual recognition as a supporter
  • Updates from the road, as well as information and discussions about the community and projects we’re building
  • The opportunity to join the growing Popper Challenge community as a cellist or cello-fan

I'm very grateful for you to be joining me here - where I'm exploring those in-between things that make the creative life so rewarding. There's so much music to make, so many people to collaborate with, so many projects to dream up, and not all of these things fit neatly into the traditional roles I inhabit. So, thank you for your encouragement and support as we turn dreams into reality and connect through music that moves and inspires the best in our humanity.
Tiers
Popper Watcher
$3 or more per month
- Access to updates throughout the Popper Challenge via blog posts by Joshua & the team

- Ability to watch online masterclasses 24 hours after they premiere live

- Early Access to merchandise and media released by the Popper Challenge team

Updates and Access
$3 or more per month
- Access to the patrons-only feed
- Exclusive updates on projects

- Early access to Patron-funded videos
- Conversations about Patreon content and structure

Popper Polonaise
$5 or more per month
- Ability to watch & interact with live online masterclasses 

- Access to updates throughout the Popper Challenge via blog posts by Joshua & the team

- Early access to merchandise and media released by the Popper Challenge team

Proper Popper
$7 or more per month
- Access to exclusive videos made for the Popper Challenge by Joshua & friends

- Ability to watch & interact with live online masterclasses 

- Access to updates throughout the Popper Challenge via blog posts by Joshua & the team

- Early access to merchandise and media released by the Popper Challenge team

Monthly Download
$10 or more per month
- Monthly MP3 download of newly composed and/or improvised tracks

- Access to the patrons-only feed
- Exclusive updates on projects

- Early access to Patron-funded videos
- Conversations about Patreon content and structure

Friend of Popper
$30 or more per month
- Credit as a “Friend of Popper” on the Popper Challenge album, monthly masterclasses, and any other Popper Challenge media produced

- Access to exclusive videos made for the Popper Challenge by Joshua & friends

- Ability to watch & interact with live online masterclasses 

- Access to updates throughout the Popper Challenge via blog posts by Joshua & the team

- Early access to merchandise and media released by the Popper Challenge team

Popper Patron
$50 or more per month
- Credit as a “Popper Patron” on the Popper Challenge album, monthly masterclasses, and any other Popper Challenge media produced

- Access to exclusive videos made for the Popper Challenge by Joshua & friends

- Ability to watch & interact with live online masterclasses 

- Access to updates throughout the Popper Challenge via blog posts by Joshua & the team

- Early access to merchandise and media released by the Popper Challenge team

Live Access
$50 or more per month
- Access to live, interactive practice sessions

- Monthly MP3 download of newly composed and/or improvised tracks

- Access to the patrons-only feed
- Exclusive updates on projects

- Early access to Patron-funded videos
- Conversations about Patreon content and structure

Popper Producer
$100 or more per month
- Credit as a “Popper Producer” on the Popper Challenge album, monthly masterclasses, and any other Popper Challenge media produced

- Access to exclusive videos made for the Popper Challenge by Joshua & friends

- Ability to watch & interact with live online masterclasses 

- Access to updates throughout the Popper Challenge via blog posts by Joshua & the team

- Early access to merchandise and media released by the Popper Challenge team

Producer
$100 or more per month
- Credit in all Patron-funded videos as “Producer”

- Meet and Greet at a concert you attend

- Access to live, interactive practice sessions

- Monthly MP3 download of newly composed and/or improvised tracks

- Access to the patrons-only feed
- Exclusive updates on projects

- Early access to Patron-funded videos
- Conversations about Patreon content and structure

Popper Sponsor
$250 or more per month
- Credit as a “Popper Sponsor” for a specific track on the album

- Credit as a “Popper Sponsor” on monthly masterclasses and any other Popper Challenge media produced

- Access to exclusive videos made for the Popper Challenge by Joshua & friends

- Ability to watch & interact with live online masterclasses 

- Access to updates throughout the Popper Challenge via blog posts by Joshua & the team

- Early access to merchandise and media released by the Popper Challenge team

Popper Executive
$500 or more per month
- Early access to the audio of the Popper Challenge album

- Credit as a “Executive Producer” on the Popper Challenge album, monthly masterclasses and any other Popper Challenge media produced

- Access to exclusive videos made for the Popper Challenge by Joshua & friends

- Ability to watch & interact with live online masterclasses 

- Access to updates throughout the Popper Challenge via blog posts by Joshua & the team

- Early access to merchandise and media released by the Popper Challenge team

Donor
$500 or more per month
- Exclusive MP3 of an improv recording session (my musical Thank-You note)

- A handwritten token of my thanks via snail mail

- Credit in all Patron-funded videos as “Producer”

- Meet and Greet at a concert you attend

- Access to live, interactive practice sessions

- Monthly MP3 download of newly composed and/or improvised tracks

- Access to the patrons-only feed
- Exclusive updates on projects

- Early access to Patron-funded videos
- Conversations about Patreon content and structure

Goals
53 of 250 patrons
When we hit 250 Patrons, I'll focus on work with an actual audio/video team so it's not just me and my old laptop for the monthly downloads and live video events. This could even lead to album-style releases as the recorded repertoire piles up. Let's make some music!
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Thank you so much for being here! I'm a cellist and composer who loves to challenge the very definition of a “classical musician”, by living out the belief that the Execution of a performer and the Creativity of a composer do not have to be separate, but are complementary skills for a well rounded musician.

I grew up in Oklahoma, where I started the cello at 3 years old, and for the first 10 years my teacher was not a cellist, but a violinist! Mr. McLarry gave me a strong sense of musical purpose and integrity, and I think he also spoiled me with a love for playing melodies - something violins are known for, but in orchestra and chamber music at least, cellos rarely have. I went to the Cleveland Institute of Music at 16, and after graduating at 21 with a Masters in Music (what does that even mean, haha?), I won the Principal Cello position with the Seattle Symphony. I loved the city of Seattle, my wonderful colleagues in the Symphony, and much of the amazing music we played. But I had always wanted more; for as long as I can remember, I have known that I would only be happy as a soloist. Every week, whichever violin, piano, or cello soloist was visiting the Seattle Symphony would perform their concerto only three feet away from my spot in the orchestra, and it was a huge source of inspiration. I had lessons in how to act towards the orchestra (or how not to act), and a constant reminder that I was still not exactly where I wanted to be. So, while I was there, I said yes to every opportunity to be in the spotlight whether or not it was in Seattle, and took every collaborative chance I could, regardless of genre, venue, or even art form. After two years, I had built up momentum and a reputation of my own, separate from the symphony, and it was time to move to New York City and follow my dream. Since then I have been traveling the world playing concertos with orchestras, recitals with wonderful musicians, and taking on all kinds of projects that don’t fit the “traditional” model of a soloist.

My path has been a unique one, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Oklahoma is not the first place people think of as a hotspot for classical cello, and starting a soloist’s career from inside an orchestra is very rare these days. But I’ve found that by staying true to my dream and open to experimenting musically, I’ve been blessed with a rich variety of musical experiences and interactions that have made me comfortable in almost any situation, and hungry for creativity alongside excellence of execution. Over the last few years, I’ve watched the classical world struggle with how to stay relevant, and I am looking deeper at its traditions and where they come from. My own experiences and studies have led me to feel more connected than ever with the centuries-old tradition of classical music as I see it:a tradition of creativity and innovation built on the knowledge of those who have gone before.

I have always been grateful for the support of others; I can name many who have helped me in extremely significant ways over the years, and the number of people working behind the scenes to make ANY performance possible is humbling. Recently, I’ve been feeling the urge to build a community of music lovers who want to a more direct connection with the musicians behind the music they love. Right now, my YouTube channel has over 1,200,000 views, and it’s mostly videos of etudes written for cellists. But there’s no built-in follow up, and no way for that work to be supported so that I can take the engagement with cellists around the world to the next level. One of my good friends, Jesse Lewis, is a multi-Grammy award winning Record Producer, but finding funding to get our unique recording collaborations into the studio and out into the world is not easy.

Thus, this Patreon community. This is where your direct support enables me to work with experts in recording, producing, and community building so that the best ideas are realized in the best way possible. More time to be creative, higher production values, more music to share with you, and more interaction as I show you what goes into a cutting-edge 21st century career as a classical soloist.

Some of my recent projects include composing a piece to perform live with the opening video at TED 2017 in Vancouver, composing the score to this short animation about the life cycle of HIV, and something I’m super excited about, my first Patreon-funded video improvisation with Jesse Lewis. We also just announced a special challenge (the Popper Challenge!) to cellists all of the world for 2019, the anniversary of when I started the Popper Project, my collection of video recordings of all 40 of David Popper’s Etudes from “The High-School of Cello Playing” , which are the absolute standard for cellists and the reason for the bulk of my YouTube channel’s activity.

As a patron, you'll get early and sometimes exclusive access to new music videos and recordings, as well as:
  • Live Practice and Improv Sessions with Live Chat
  • Personalized musical goodies and individual recognition as a supporter
  • Updates from the road, as well as information and discussions about the community and projects we’re building
  • The opportunity to join the growing Popper Challenge community as a cellist or cello-fan

I'm very grateful for you to be joining me here - where I'm exploring those in-between things that make the creative life so rewarding. There's so much music to make, so many people to collaborate with, so many projects to dream up, and not all of these things fit neatly into the traditional roles I inhabit. So, thank you for your encouragement and support as we turn dreams into reality and connect through music that moves and inspires the best in our humanity.

Recent posts by Joshua Roman

Tiers
Popper Watcher
$3 or more per month
- Access to updates throughout the Popper Challenge via blog posts by Joshua & the team

- Ability to watch online masterclasses 24 hours after they premiere live

- Early Access to merchandise and media released by the Popper Challenge team

Updates and Access
$3 or more per month
- Access to the patrons-only feed
- Exclusive updates on projects

- Early access to Patron-funded videos
- Conversations about Patreon content and structure

Popper Polonaise
$5 or more per month
- Ability to watch & interact with live online masterclasses 

- Access to updates throughout the Popper Challenge via blog posts by Joshua & the team

- Early access to merchandise and media released by the Popper Challenge team

Proper Popper
$7 or more per month
- Access to exclusive videos made for the Popper Challenge by Joshua & friends

- Ability to watch & interact with live online masterclasses 

- Access to updates throughout the Popper Challenge via blog posts by Joshua & the team

- Early access to merchandise and media released by the Popper Challenge team

Monthly Download
$10 or more per month
- Monthly MP3 download of newly composed and/or improvised tracks

- Access to the patrons-only feed
- Exclusive updates on projects

- Early access to Patron-funded videos
- Conversations about Patreon content and structure

Friend of Popper
$30 or more per month
- Credit as a “Friend of Popper” on the Popper Challenge album, monthly masterclasses, and any other Popper Challenge media produced

- Access to exclusive videos made for the Popper Challenge by Joshua & friends

- Ability to watch & interact with live online masterclasses 

- Access to updates throughout the Popper Challenge via blog posts by Joshua & the team

- Early access to merchandise and media released by the Popper Challenge team

Popper Patron
$50 or more per month
- Credit as a “Popper Patron” on the Popper Challenge album, monthly masterclasses, and any other Popper Challenge media produced

- Access to exclusive videos made for the Popper Challenge by Joshua & friends

- Ability to watch & interact with live online masterclasses 

- Access to updates throughout the Popper Challenge via blog posts by Joshua & the team

- Early access to merchandise and media released by the Popper Challenge team

Live Access
$50 or more per month
- Access to live, interactive practice sessions

- Monthly MP3 download of newly composed and/or improvised tracks

- Access to the patrons-only feed
- Exclusive updates on projects

- Early access to Patron-funded videos
- Conversations about Patreon content and structure

Popper Producer
$100 or more per month
- Credit as a “Popper Producer” on the Popper Challenge album, monthly masterclasses, and any other Popper Challenge media produced

- Access to exclusive videos made for the Popper Challenge by Joshua & friends

- Ability to watch & interact with live online masterclasses 

- Access to updates throughout the Popper Challenge via blog posts by Joshua & the team

- Early access to merchandise and media released by the Popper Challenge team

Producer
$100 or more per month
- Credit in all Patron-funded videos as “Producer”

- Meet and Greet at a concert you attend

- Access to live, interactive practice sessions

- Monthly MP3 download of newly composed and/or improvised tracks

- Access to the patrons-only feed
- Exclusive updates on projects

- Early access to Patron-funded videos
- Conversations about Patreon content and structure

Popper Sponsor
$250 or more per month
- Credit as a “Popper Sponsor” for a specific track on the album

- Credit as a “Popper Sponsor” on monthly masterclasses and any other Popper Challenge media produced

- Access to exclusive videos made for the Popper Challenge by Joshua & friends

- Ability to watch & interact with live online masterclasses 

- Access to updates throughout the Popper Challenge via blog posts by Joshua & the team

- Early access to merchandise and media released by the Popper Challenge team

Popper Executive
$500 or more per month
- Early access to the audio of the Popper Challenge album

- Credit as a “Executive Producer” on the Popper Challenge album, monthly masterclasses and any other Popper Challenge media produced

- Access to exclusive videos made for the Popper Challenge by Joshua & friends

- Ability to watch & interact with live online masterclasses 

- Access to updates throughout the Popper Challenge via blog posts by Joshua & the team

- Early access to merchandise and media released by the Popper Challenge team

Donor
$500 or more per month
- Exclusive MP3 of an improv recording session (my musical Thank-You note)

- A handwritten token of my thanks via snail mail

- Credit in all Patron-funded videos as “Producer”

- Meet and Greet at a concert you attend

- Access to live, interactive practice sessions

- Monthly MP3 download of newly composed and/or improvised tracks

- Access to the patrons-only feed
- Exclusive updates on projects

- Early access to Patron-funded videos
- Conversations about Patreon content and structure