Spring Updates – Some Big News

Greetings again, intrepid readers.  It's been entirely too long since I posted anything here, and for that I apologize.  Spring is normally a very busy season for us freelance musician types, and this year was even more packed for me.  I have some preliminary plans in place for some new…

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Myths of Classical Music Debunked (Mostly)

For those of us who make our living performing classical music, loving it is a no-brainer.  Explaining it to the uninitiated is another matter completely.  It has become increasingly more difficult for the general population to take the plunge and listen to classical music.  Personally, I think it's because of…

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How to Learn Your Music Without Your Instrument

Surely one can't actually learn music without practicing it on the instrument in a practice room.  Well, that is only partly true.  Yes, you have to have your instrument and you have to practice with it to learn music, but there are so many things that can be done with…

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Advice for Youth and Student Auditions

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post giving advice to professional violinists doing orchestral auditions.  Well, now it's time to get the kids involved.  Student auditions happen many times during a child's violin education.  There are auditions for school orchestra seating, all-region orchestras (in the US), all-state orchestras…

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Dos and Don’ts of Playing Gigs

Gigs come in many different forms; weddings, symphony work, corporate functions, pit orchestras, and many more.  Below are six tips that every musician should follow so he or she will not only be successful, but get hired again.  For purposes of this article, I will assume you are a freelance…

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The Wonderful World of Viola

As I have already stated, I play viola in addition to violin.  This year, I purchased my first good viola to use for gigs and teaching, and this last weekend, I performed with it for the first time. For years I have been a violinist who can't resist telling a…

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The Christian Community Orchestra

Tonight, I'll be performing with the Christian Community Orchestra in Douglasville, GA.  This is a really great group of people led by Jan Booth.  Ms. Booth founded this orchestra over 20 years ago and it continues to grow today. The orchestra attracts beginners and pros alike and in addition to…

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