We had the good fortune of connecting with Bailey-Siamone Mason and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bailey-Siamone, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
“No one cares if you’re sick, tired, angry or whatever. You leave everything at the door when you step on stage and perform. If you can’t, then you need to give them their money back.” -Dr. Catherine Lysinger
During one of our bi-weekly piano masterclasses we learned about stage presence and the mental component of performing. I was 10 when my teacher at the Piano Prep Department at SMU told this to the class. That has been one of the most influential quotes that has helped me through my career. Out of 24 years, for that reason, I’ve only missed approximately 3 major performances
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve always been a classical musician. That is where my heart is. But I wanted to branch away from freelance and teaching. There’s nothing easy about the music industry. I’ve always believed that the music industry is the hardest and most mentally draining.
I went in a different direction and began to make my own secular music that had a basis of classical elements and techniques. It was really nice to know both sides, the mass side and classical side.
About a month ago I realized I wanted to add another element. I’m looking to become an executive director of music in either music television or of a major company while also putting out my own new music.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I was born and raised in Dallas. I’ve loved it all my life. It’s a city full of the arts, fashion, attractions, and amazing restaurants. And are you really from Dallas if you haven’t been to the state fair?
I’ve lived in the suburbs most of my life and use to commute to school, etc. it wasn’t until 2019 that we decided to actually move into the city to be closer to work and family. We moved to uptown and I fell in love with the city all over again. We live in a high rise right in the heart of the city where you can walk to anywhere you need; restaurants, coffee shops, clothing stores, even massage parlors.
I’ve traveled so much in my life, so many states and different countries, whether it be for vacation or business. As exciting and fun and beautiful those places were, I was never wistful or sad about leaving. It was time to go home and I was always ready, I knew I could always come back to visit but as much as I’ve traveled I’ve never thought about moving. My heart lives in Dallas. Sorry! Gotta go, I have to go to North Park Mall to buy some new clothes for my next trip 😉
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many people and so many places that have helped me in my journey, it’s going to be hard to list them all.
My family has been my comfort through my entire career. My mother is my biggest fan, she was my driver to my lessons, performances, theory exams. She is the reason I’m where I’m at.
My high school! Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Art
I have worked with so many wonderful musicians and Professors. My harp teacher, who I’ve known, and who has taught me since I first started ,Ms. Naoko Nakamura, was so patient with me as I was trying to resist studying harp. I resisted for so long and didn’t want to practice but she kept pushing me and I will always love her!
I studied at the Moore’s School of Music under Ms. Paula Page, who was the Principal Harpist of the Houston Symphony at the time. She helped refine my technique so much!
Southern Methodist University
I mentioned who I studied piano with when I was younger, but Dr. Catherine Lysinger was there for most of my piano pedagogy. She took my technique and changed it so that I could practice more effectively and efficiently.
Dr. Jack Delaney, I always had mixed feelings about ensemble playing. Sometimes there would be music I loved for that specific concert, other times I was dreading it I met Doc at SMU. He was such a wonderful conductor and person and I loved when it was my turn to play in the band concert cycle.
Jeremy Patton Immersion Media Company