Brains and Bottoms

Huffington College - Fri, 2015-02-06 13:49
Paris has a new, state-of-the-art concert hall, something the French have been waiting for since they dispatched Louis XVI in 1793, thus making possible government- funded arts venues for the people. Tony Woodcock http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tony-woodcock/

the door opens

Penguin - Sun, 2015-02-01 16:00
by NATALIE ALPER-LEROUX Third-year BM Viola     hallway, whitewashed clean; lightbulbs flicker, hang from wires, buzz like softest bees walking heavy, dry ashy steps in chalky dust past framed blank portraits paint peels off doorposts slivers of brown cut my eyes; every door is locked my skin bleeds out red my clothes bleed out blue, […]

EASY, FREEZY, AND BOUNTIFUL

Penguin - Sun, 2015-02-01 15:56
by ELIZABETH WENDT Third-year BM Voice     I know for a fact that when I say the beginning, middle, and end of a second semester at NEC is always crazy busy, I’m not just speaking for myself! I can honestly say that when I have days of back to back classes paired with early morning […]

NEC CRIBS

Penguin - Sun, 2015-02-01 15:38

A RITE OF SPRING DANCE PARTY

Penguin - Sun, 2015-02-01 15:33
by NICK TISHERMAN Third-year BM Oboe     At 8:15 on January 18th, 2015, an orchestra of eager students and studs from the freelance scene was growing increasingly impatient as they sat in their seats awaiting the downbeat from conductor James Blachly, whose back was turned to an audience mostly comprised of twenty-somethings stuffed on a […]

ROB DEHLINGER

Penguin - Sun, 2015-02-01 15:29
by ANDREW NISSEN Second-year GD Trombone     I first encountered Rob Dehlinger on Twitter in August of 2014, when he tweeted at The Penguin’s account about the long lost, but not forgotten hockey games between Juilliard and NEC in the late 80s (incidentally where the nickname Penguins comes from!). An NEC alumnus, Rob seems […]

A NEW ADVICE COLUMN!

Penguin - Sun, 2015-02-01 15:26
I can never find a room to practice in. Where can I practice? Dear Practice Orphan, You have several options: have Special Elvis take a break, and you can serenade Huntington Ave with your trombone, piccolo, or sultry voice. Elvis might even lend you his karaoke microphone! Or, consider a broom closet. Seriously, the one […]

TROMBONE SALUTING THE SUN

Penguin - Sun, 2015-02-01 15:23
by TAYLOR BLANTON Third-year BM Trombone     Although I practice consistently, I hardly consider myself a yogi. I see so many beautiful people who are more flexible, strong, passionate, and driven than I am both mentally and physically. But when I was asked to write an article about my yoga journey I began to […]

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE

Penguin - Sun, 2015-02-01 15:16
by SARAH ATWOOD First-year MM Violin     Everyone can feel it, everyone yearns for it, and everyone expresses it in different ways. Love can be beautiful, funny, cheesy, serious, sad, and painful (sometimes all at once!). Love, and being in love are separate things; semantics aside, the love you feel for your dog versus your partner […]

ARE YOU DATING YOUR INSTRUMENT?

Penguin - Sun, 2015-02-01 15:12
by SOPHIA ADICKES Third-year UD Voice     We all spend hours with our instruments daily, but how do you know when things have just gone too far? Here are some indications that your relationship with your instrument has become more than a strictly professional one. 1. It’s the first and last thing you think […]

The Ensemble, February edition

Exploring El Sistema - Fri, 2015-01-30 13:52
The February edition of Tricia Tunstall and Eric Booth's publication chronicling the emerging field of El Sistema-inspired activity in the US and beyond is found here. Sistema Fellows Program

DC Youth Orchestra Promo Video

Exploring El Sistema - Fri, 2015-01-30 13:39
The Executive Director of the DC Youth Orchestra Program is Liz Schurgin, Sistema Fellow '11. Sistema Fellows Program

Plus/Delta

Exploring El Sistema - Fri, 2015-01-30 13:34
Shift:Englewood students discussed what they liked (plus) and what they would change (delta) after their field trip to Chicago Metamorphosis Orchestra Project (ChiMOP) concert, featuring ChiMOP students and Civic Orchestra of Chicago fellows. Ayriole Frost, Sistema Fellow '14 Sistema Fellows Program

Music Among Friends / January 25

Jose-Luis Estrada - Fri, 2015-01-23 18:39

I am pleased to share an upcoming musical performance in Tulsa, OK. 

Next Sunday, January 25, some of Tulsa’a most gifted instrumentalists will join members of Boston Avenue’s music program to perform a beautiful concert of chamber music at 5:00 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.“This concert will feature  pieces that are quite intimate and expressive,” says Joel Panciera. In addition to two new vocal works by American composers, the concert will include solo concertos by J. S. Bach and Wolfgang Mozart. Jose Luis Hernandez-Estrada will be a featured soloist on the Mozart piano concerto.  The chamber group will also perform movements of Handel’s famous Water Music.  

The concert is free and open to the public.
Boston Avenue United Methodist Church
1301 S Boston Ave, Tulsa 74119 

 

Looking forward this Sunday’s Youth Symphony concert with Edward Yeo

Preparatory School - Thu, 2015-01-22 10:40

Edward Yeo shares his excitement and enthusiasm about the upcoming YS performance on January 25th!

What have been the challenges of this program and how have you grown as a musician from these challenges?

YS has helped me by being able to play as principal, giving me solos to help
me get used to be playing alone to the public. It has also helped me by getting to know more standard repertoire and pushing my technical and musical boundaries like Firebird.

What are you most looking forward to about this performance?

I’m looking forward to playing the Rhapsody in Blue and Nabucco, because I love jazz and opera!

Pick your favorite piece on the program. What does that piece mean to you?

My favorite piece has to be Nabucco because of the chorus part. Nothing sounds better than an orchestra and choir singing together, because it adds a depth of color and meaning to the music.

Is there an experience with music that inspired you to be a musician?

There are many things and people that have inspired me to be a musician and to stick with it, there is no one experience or person. Those who inspired me are Kinhaven, Stokes Forest Music Camp, Martin Fröst, Herbert von Karajan, Charles Yassky, David Herndon, Dave Sapadin and Richard Shaughnessy.

What is your favorite piece of music?

My absolute favorite piece without a doubt is Death and Transfiguration by Strauss. I played principal for that piece and said, “I could play this piece for 10 lifetimes and still not get sick of it.” I do want to try bass clarinet on that piece also.


New England Conservatory "Innovation Grant"

Jose-Luis Estrada - Thu, 2015-01-22 01:18
I am happy to share that I am the recipient of the New England Conservatory's Sistema Fellows Resource Center Innovation Grant. This grant will allow me to pursue advance studies through the Harvard Graduate School of Education professional program "Leading Change in Education Systems." The committee stated their support in helping me "pursue learning of personal interest that will also contribute to the growth and thinking of the rest of the field." 

Bitcoin and Proust or "À la recherche de l'argent perdu."

Huffington College - Wed, 2015-01-21 12:26
Nevertheless, the BITCOIN idea is sheer Proustian in its alternative logic and shares the main features of Harai's description "humans are different because they inhabit an imagined world." Tony Woodcock http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tony-woodcock/

Construction Update

NEC Construction News - Fri, 2015-01-16 15:39

COMING SOON

2015-01-16

Fellows in Philadelphia

Exploring El Sistema - Tue, 2015-01-13 22:16
Eleven Fellows, representing all five classes, participated in the El Sistema Symposium last weekend at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Sistema Fellows Program

Take A Stand's new national initiative

Exploring El Sistema - Mon, 2015-01-12 16:31
The National Take a Stand Festival is a three-year project that will begin in 2015 with a teacher training and pilot program, followed by the formation of regional youth orchestra camps in 2016, culminating in a 7-day national youth orchestra camp in 2017, featuring a final performance led by LA... Sistema Fellows Program

MUSICIANS OWN MUSIC BECAUSE MUSIC OWNS THEM. VIRGIL THOMSON