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  1. My daughter practices in the bathroom (great acoustics) for about three hours from 8.30pm. The rest of us cross our legs and wait...
  2. Hi, Renee We're all fine. Ive been around - lurking rather than posting... Both girls have now finished high school and are working their way towards a BMus: one in composition; one in viola performance. The violist is feeling a little poverty-stricken right now; the Christmas/New Year gigs have dried up, hence the call for info on how to get into session music. Meadow
  3. Any advice on how to get session music gigs?
  4. Anyone have a web address for the Perlmans' summer camp on Long Island?
  5. I have met Charles Castleman a number of times and he has had a continuing e-mail correspondence with one of my daughters for several years. He is an extremely pleasant, good-humoured man, and an excellent teacher - from what I and my daughters have observed at masterclasses and at a private lesson he gave my youngest daughter once when he was in Australia. Castleman is director of the summer quartet program at Bucknell. Perhaps you could meet him there and discuss Eastman? Or e-mail him directly. He seems always happy to write to music students. [This message has been edited by Meadow (edited 12-25-2000).]
  6. Rainyann: my daughter was SO angry she didn't talk to the stand partner because she thought she might get dangerous However, she did talk to the conductor, who has promised to deal with the situation before the next concert in two weeks' time. Hopefully, he'll deal with it in my daughter's favour. The next concert will be her last in the pre-college program and she certainly doesn't want it spoiled by some selfish upstart. My daughter has a reputation as an excellent orchestral musician, partly because she's a good "team player". This boy seems to be one of those who so fancies his chances as a soloist that he couldn't care less about the ensemble. We know many young people who think along those lines, but don't act it out so blatantly during concerts.
  7. My daughter led the viola section in an important music school concert this evening. During one movement she had a solo, but had agreed earlier to share it (that is, play it as a duet) with her stand partner who is fairly new to the string program in order to give him a bit of a boost. Everything went fine in rehearsals but, during the performance (in front of a very large audience) she discovered this guy's ego certainly doesn't need boosting. The string orchestra always stands during its performances. During the movement with the solo, the stand partner stood directly in front of the music stand in such a way that my daughter couldn't see the music at all - and remained there for the entire movement. Luckily, my daughter knew MOST of the movement by memory and played on as best she could. After the concert, the "partner" was bragging about how well he'd played. Others said later that this guy has a long-standing habit of deliberately upstaging people during concerts. Has anyone else had to deal with such blatant show-off? What happened, and how did you deal with this person? [This message has been edited by Meadow (edited 11-18-2000).]
  8. If you're particularly interested in something by Frank Bridge, try his "Two Pieces" for viola and piano: Pensiero and Allegro Appassionata. You can order them from Stainer and Bell at http://www.stainer.co.uk/bridge.html My daughter learned the Allegro Appassionata earlier this year for a school exam. It was challenging rhythmically at first and for weeks I hated hearing her practice it. Then it all came together and sounded good. When I heard it with the piano, I was converted.
  9. We're apartment renters. A few years ago, the woman upstairs, who is the niece of the owner of our apartment, mentioned to her aunt that she could hear my daughters practising at night. The landlady (mistakenly) thought she was complaining about it and asked the real estate agent to survey the other tenants in the building to find out if the practising bothered them. Every one of them replied that they enjoyed hearing it.
  10. Phoebe: I know about the other Zukerman class in Australia to which you referred. Two of my daughter's closest friends played at that one. Both came away totally shattered. In one instance, the student was basically told she couldn't play (not true, she's excellent) and, in the other case, a phenomenally gifted player with an already fragile - and actually bordering on suicidal - ego, was rendered even more delicate by some insensitive remarks. We were shocked at what we heard after that class. The one in Sydney was at least to some degree constructive. My daughter went through a similar experience at a violin masterclass earlier in the year. She plays viola, but was ordered by her school to participate in this class anyway. The "master" was a young violinist still making a name for herself and had nothing constructive to say to any of the students who played. It was all "I don't like the way you did ..." but no explanation of what she didn't like about it nor any suggestions on alternative ways to do it. In my daughter's case, the "master" knew nothing about the music and just dismissed her with "I hated your phrasing". She was just a total bitch to all of the students and the only lesson they came away with was about how rude some people in the business can be. [This message has been edited by Meadow (edited 10-25-2000).]
  11. It's not the Sibelius concerto if you only heard the soloist.
  12. quote: Originally posted by Lydia Leong: (No doubt someone will chime in with, "Follow your dreams to study what you're interested in," but given that you have a family, the reality of practical responsibilities intrudes.) You will have to weigh gratifying your educational interests, against your responsibilities to your family. B] Well, I'd like to chime in. If I'd followed that advice, I'd now be doing something I hated, instead of something I love. I was a single parent of two - one baby, one toddler - when I finally got to university. My family refused to speak to me. They said I was irresponsible for going to uni and pursuing my dream instead of just getting a job and looking after my daughters. However, I went ahead anyway. Now I have a very highly paid career which I enjoy, rather than just a "job", and two happy, well-adjusted daughters who have both been able to follow their dreams of studying music (which I would not have been able to pay for otherwise). Responsibility to family goes beyond money. You have to be happy with what you're doing if you're going to a) progress in your career and, therefore, afford a good lifestyle, and set a great example for your children. GuinessHunter: since you're going there anyway for four years, study what you're interested in. Sure, you'll be broke for four years - and probably for at least four more afterwards - but it will work out better for all of you in the long-term. It was VERY tough for me at first, but I coped. I'm very proud of what I've achieved, and so are my daughters. [This message has been edited by Meadow (edited 10-06-2000).]
  13. The "Music of the Heart" teacher's organisation, Opus 118, has some kind of national program. The site is: www.opus118.org And what about that V-something "Save the Music" program? It also has a web site.
  14. Do a search on www.google.com Key in "alexander technique" musician The first page of results will include some excellent sites which you can use as a starting point. In your local area, check phone directories or call the local music school and ask if they know of anyone who does AT for musicians.
  15. My daughter did Alexander Technique regularly a few years ago, because she has a double curve in her spine and was concerned that hours of violin-playing might make it worse and harm her chances of a musical career. Earlier this year, when she hurt her right arm while carrying a heavy object, she combined AT with physio because it was painful for her to play viola but she had some crucial high school performance exams and could not rest from playing altogether. On the night of her second most crucial exam, she was in a lot of pain; she did some AT exercises for about an hour before she went in to play and it really helped a lot. But it's not just for injured musicians; it's mainly supposed to be a preventative. A lot of musicians do it and it does seem to be of benefit (I know of one good symphony orchestra which employs an Alexander technician to work with its musicians regularly). AT helps you learn how to move your body in a way that is not harmful to muscles, joints, etc. My daughter's first AT instructor had a spine named Fred in his office which he used to show her how her back should be aligned when standing, sitting, playing and how to tell if it was getting out of alignment in a potentially harmful way. (I also picked up a few tips from Fred on how to spend 10-12 hours a day at my computer without getting neck pains.) It's VERY good for violists who are playing - in an "unnatural" position - an instrument which is really "too large" for their bodies.
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