Classical performers in Second Life range from emerging and mid-career professional musicians, retired and semi-retired musicians, competent amateurs, music students, music educators, plus occasional cameo appearances by leading artists and ensembles.
Some performers find it is a good way to work up new material and play it before a live audience before facing an audience in the concert hall. For students it is a way to get more live concert experience. For educators, a way to keep performance skills sharp.
Performers are warmed by the appreciation of the audience and by reaching new audiences. (some links to sites for performers in Second Life are in the sidebar.)
While some hope to promote real life careers and boost earnings, this last goal is more difficult. The requirement to have a pseudonym in Second Life hobbles name recognition. As Second Life evolves into a serious platform for art, corporations, and learning, this role-play with fictional names seem more and more out-dated.
On Music Island we have been getting around the name recognition issue with posters, T-shirts and even virtual CD stands with links to performers' real world websites.
Anyone interested in learning more about classical music in Second Life should get a free Second Life account. Once you are on the grid, join the Classical Music Group in world. Please contact me—Kate Miranda—if I can help you or answer your questions.