For our winter morning.
For your morning.
Happy Birthday to the man himself!
This year we will feature four outstanding CPP individuals and ensembles, from our fellowship program!
We are thrilled to share the reflections and stories of students that are so passionate about their work in
the Boston Community. Our first interviewee is Tong Wang, a senior piano performance major, who was an absolute delight to meet and talk with!
How are you involved in CPP?
“I am in the individual fellowship program, and I have been in it for the past three years, since my freshman year… [doing] senior home recital programs.”
What do you like about your fellowship, why have you kept doing it for so many years?
“Its like what everyone says, the best thing is that you get… opportunities to actually perform, which is what we are here to do. In the middle of all this practicing and stress we forget that we actually should go out into the community and share these things as soon as we can! …The way the CPP program is structured… is so supportive, and it’s very open ended. You can explore creative ideas, different genres of music and interact with people. These audiences, you really learn to… grow to love playing for them. It’s about the people, it’s about exploring different parts of yourself, gaining confidence.”
What have you learned from being in the CPP Program?
“Part of my growth as an artist… is the importance of music for any audience. Being an
undergrad in a competitive environment you get a lot of hits on your confidence… but then…
[through] programs like CPP, you realize it’s not… how big the hall or who is there to say how
good you are, it’s good to feel like once in awhile something does connect and you reach out to
people… Those moments that you do see people get moved by your music [make me] realize
that’s plenty of a reward [for] what we are doing.”
Any last thoughts or reflections?
“I really wish people would take initiative because it’s really important, every small thing adds up. You start by just going out and grabbing everything you can. It might seem, tedious, or hard work, or not as rewarding as a Carnegie Hall performance but really grabbing the treasures of every small instance [is] a great part of doing these community performances.”
Do you have any fun facts about you?
“… Besides music I was really into sports… competitive Volleyball! Now, on top of my music, I’ve been really bringing back my passion for drawing, so I’ve been working on a webcomic. I love anime, graphic novels. It’s a little nerdy thing about me!”
Thank you so much Tong–check back in to see who will be featured next!
Es muy inspirador ver el principio de la trayectoria futura de jóvenes músicos. Los ves brillar y sentirse seguros de sí mismos y de su trabajo. De pronto la música significa todo para ellos y para la comunidad que los apoya. Alguien recientemente me escribió para decirme que el concierto del once de Diciembre había sido un milagro. Estoy muy contento por el trabajo que estamos realizando en Tulsa.
Friday Friday Friday.
Morning soundtrack in blissful preparation for tonight’s concert celebrating Billy’s centennial.