December, the end of 2016, is a good time to think about “how you are going to get better” in the new year. I enjoy reading Dr. Noa Kageyama’s blog The Bulletproof Musician. This guy brings interesting research to bare on the art of practice and performance. His topics are helpful and create margin […]
It is that time of year when piano studios are waking up from the summer slumber. A key to success is teaching students how to practice. In fact, I think this is one of the most important things we teach students as this skill can be transferred to all areas of life. As you teach […]
I am disappointed that the Hays AMC Theatre is not showing the Florence Foster Jenkins movie featuring Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, and Simon Helberg. The movie opened this weekend. I was first introduced to her voice by my college roommate, Tracy Russell. It made me smile and laugh big time — in fact I don’t […]
Josh Tanguay of Clinical Associates of Hays led a two day team building workshop with the HHS Chamber Singers. Monday, Josh led the 28 students from experiencing frustration as a member of a dysfunctional team to experiencing the essential ingredients in a functional team. The importance of individual leadership, working together, and focusing on a […]
Everyone Sang BY SIEGFRIED SASSOON Everyone suddenly burst out singing; And I was filled with such delight As prisoned birds must find in freedom, Winging wildly across the white Orchards and dark-green fields; on – on – and out of sight. Everyone’s voice was suddenly lifted; And beauty came like the setting sun: My heart […]
“A Mystic,” that is how musicologist Nick Strimple described composer Morten Lauridsen. The 2014 movie, Shining Night, is a window into the life of this American composer. Shining Night looks at Lauridsen’s relationship to art, nature, spirituality, and his love of poetry. The movie takes you to a cabin on Waldron Island and reveals deep […]
The Ad Astra Music Festival concludes a very enjoyable 2016 season with the presentation of Handel’s Jephtha. Come and enjoy this suspenseful drama sung by the Ad Astra Chamber Choir and Festival Orchestra with some fantastic soloist. It will be presented two times this weekend.
Another use for that old piano — Art! We took some tools like axes, hammers and saws, and invited a pianist to play one last song with that piano. During the pianist’s play, we took a piano apart. After five minutes it was impossible to play, because piano fell down. It was a little bit […]