Starting day 2 of her New York adventure, Amy busies herself finding a job. Now it's just a matter of cranking out the cover letters. Employers, prepare yourselves!
Having survived dragging her bags through the New York subway system, Amy arrives at her apartment, ready to make a new home. But before she can settle in - where is her roommate and what will she do with her keyboard?
A new Boston-based orchestra seeks fresh ways to engage audiences in classical music and the orchestra scene. Learn more about them at phoenixorch.org.
At 16 years old, I was an aspiring concert violinist. At 17, while music remained a mainstay in my life, my new priority was survival. Nine years later, my story was featured on CNN - but the focus was not so much on the music as on what I did with it. The rocky passage from adolescence to adulthood had occurred in my life only after an unexpected setback.
Conventional wisdom says classical music is a dying art form. Orchestras and opera companies across the country are folding or presenting abbreviated seasons. Classical records make up just 3% of US record sales, and only 23% of audiences for classical music is under 35, according to the NEA – in the ’80s that number was closer to 40%.
There is so much more to music besides the old fashioned classical orchestra and the period dress/harpsichord. It doesn’t take auto tune and heavy bass (clef) to create a fun and contemporary atmosphere. This is what Cellanthropy is all about. We are a group of cellists with various experiences in youth orchestras, both in and out of the Chicagoland area.
Years ago, while teaching my way through college, I made a discovery so powerful it became a lifelong passion. It began with a young violinist who requested tutoring because he couldn’t read music. His school orchestra wouldn’t allow him to join unless he could overcome this obstacle. Unfortunately, I discovered this child seemed to have many obstacles: He had poor intonation, poor coordination, bad posture, and difficulty with memorization. In addition, he could not seem to comprehend traditional approaches to note reading. His frustration was so intense it caused him to incessantly pace our narrow lesson room. Yet, he loved music and desperately wanted to learn.
Oh hi there! I’m Alex Goodin, and I’m a bassist in Palaver Strings, a Boston-based musician-led string orchestra. I’m very pleased to make your e-acquaintance, and I look forward to maybe meeting you for reals sometime soon. As a transplant from Cleveland, Ohio, I’m here to tell you about my family-away-from-home, Palaver.
These past two weeks were a whirlwind. My mom came to visit me for my 20th birthday, I went to my first concert at London’s Scala, and went to see Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre. Even though I’m still recovering from the exhaustion, I’d say it was a pretty amazing couple of days.
Six years ago, I decided to take a completely different direction with my career that didn't exist. I had a couple of months of my undergraduate studies left and I had a couple of good options: a seat in a professional orchestra, offers to continue my education at the graduate school level, or begin building a freelance career. None of those options excited me as much as forging a completely new path and I had no idea what "that" would be.
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