E.E. Cummings once said “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”
For many years, I didn’t understand what that meant. But it’s starting to make more sense. After all, it’s easy to follow a well-worn path, to do the safe thing, or to take others’ advice when it comes to figuring out what we should do with our lives.
But artists seem to find their own way. Artists learn to listen to that inner voice, and have the courage to follow – even if they have no idea where it will take…
by Noa Kageyama, Ph.D.
Have you ever begged and pleaded for something when you were a kid, and when you finally got it, discovered it wasn’t quite what you expected?
Like the time you finally got a pair of Zubaz.
Or like in that Friends episode where Monica got new boots .
Of course, once you’ve fought so hard for that thing, there can be a lot of pressure to stick with it. Even if it’s not a good fit. And it’s tempting to think you just need a different color.…
Have you ever had one of those days where you feel like the only way to get ahead in the world is to be an egotistical jerk?
I’m sure that there probably are a number of self-obsessed, egomaniacal dingleberries in the upper echelons of every field, but it’d be nice to think that this isn’t necessary in order to find success, happiness, and meaningful work.
Meet David Kim
Case in point, violinist David Kim has been concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 1999, and is one of the most…
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It’s normal to feel some pressure when we perform in front of others – but not all situations feel quite the same.
Solo performances, for instance, often feel more stressful than chamber music performances. Auditions, in turn, can be more stressful than performances. And some auditions – like the one for your dream school or job – are more stressful still.
So the situation may play a role, but a lot of the…
I think most string players would have to admit that at some point in their lives, they showed up for an orchestra rehearsal less prepared than they’d like to be.
At least, I certainly remember the week during my first big summer festival when I felt overwhelmed by the part to Bartók's Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta , and “hid” in the section a bit during rehearsals (and ok, part of the concert too).
Not one of my prouder weeks, but something a string player can get away…