VC WEB BLOG | VC 'Artist' Angelo Xiang Yu - 'Michael Hill Comp – Mixture of Joy and Sadness'

NEC Blog - Mon, 2015-06-15 11:43
VC WEB BLOG | VC 'Artist' Angelo Xiang Yu - 'Michael Hill Comp – Mixture of Joy and Sadness':

““My Michael Hill Competition experience was a mixture of joy and sadness.It was 4 year ago, a month before the competition, my dad called me from China while I was having lunch at the student lounge of New England Conservatory. By then my mom had been suffering from leukemia for more than 20 months, and my dad told me that she had less than a month to live and it would be nice for me to go home immediately.“

Mobile Uploads - The Violin Channel | Facebook

NEC Blog - Mon, 2015-06-15 10:43
Mobile Uploads - The Violin Channel | Facebook:

NEC alumna Eunae Koh ‘15 M.M., a student of Donald Weilerstein, took Second Prize and the Chamber Music Prize at conclusion of the 2015 Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand this past weekend.

YS Leaves for Ireland in 8 days!

Preparatory School - Mon, 2015-06-15 10:20


YS Leaves for Ireland in 8 days!

Audio

NEC Blog - Mon, 2015-06-15 08:59


American Choral Directors Association conference

Exploring El Sistema - Fri, 2015-06-12 15:23
I recently attended the American Choral Directors Association conference, taking place in Salt Lake City, Utah. Last Fall, I successfully crafted a grant to fully fund the airfare, conference fees, hotel and food per diem for three Sister Cities Girlchoir teaching artists. The Resource Center's travel assistance fund provided support... Sistema Fellows Program

Still trying to process the loss of such a titan. Thank you for...

NEC Blog - Fri, 2015-06-12 11:00


Still trying to process the loss of such a titan. Thank you for everything, Ornette, thank you.

Ornette Coleman receiving an Honorary Degree from NEC in 1992.

Flashback to 1917

NEC Blog - Fri, 2015-06-12 09:39


Flashback to 1917

Video

NEC Blog - Fri, 2015-06-12 09:14


YPO Tour art!

Preparatory School - Thu, 2015-06-11 14:42


YPO Tour art!

Get to know Corey Seapy, conducting and clarinet

Preparatory School - Thu, 2015-06-11 14:02

What advice would you offer to young performers?

Listen to yourself very carefully and never say “I can’t.” Be disciplined,   patient, and use a metronome. Practice slowly first. Don’t be afraid to take chances and make emotional connections. Make every sound expressive, unless the composer tells you otherwise. If you don’t love it, do something else. If you do love it, do it as much and as meaningfully as you can.

Apart from music, what other activities do you find enriching in your life?

I like spending time with family and friends, skiing, being outdoors, and reading.

How would you describe the tone of your instrument/voice?

Limitless! That’s the best part about conducting.

Who has been your biggest source of inspiration throughout your education/career?

Claudio Abbado

If you could choose one career outside of music, what would it be?

A teacher of some sort. Perhaps a ski instructor.

What is your favorite genre of literature?  What’s the most memorable thing you’ve read in the past year?

Nonfiction. “Corresponding with Carlos” by Charles Barber.

What have you been listening to most recently?

Sibelius, The Punch Brothers, Radiohead, Elgar, Madeleine Peyroux, and Sonny Stitt.

Do you have any pets at home?  If so, where is your favorite place to take them for a walk?

Our guinea pigs don’t get out much. Bixby and Maestro are scared of anything that moves, including each other.

Some thoughts from Anne Howarth, horn faculty

Preparatory School - Thu, 2015-06-11 12:39

What advice would you offer to young performers?

Find your authentic voice, and go after opportunities that feel right for you. There is more than one way to have music in your life. While a traditional orchestra or opera or string quartet may be right for some people, they might not be right for everyone. Maybe a mix of opportunities is what’s right for you. Or maybe something completely different. Every orchestra only needs one concertmaster, but the world needs a variety of musicians sharing their gifts in a variety of ways.

Apart from music, what other activities do you find enriching in your life?

Travelling, vegetable gardening, and spending time with my 1-year-old black cat, Junko. I love to see the world from other people’s perspectives, and traveling (even to other towns around New England) lets me do that. Vegetable gardening puts me in touch with the elements of nature and helps me practice letting go of outcomes. I plant the seeds, fertilize them and water them. After that, it’s out of my hands. I had never owned a cat before Junko, and she forces me to slow down. Just when I want to get up, she’ll crawl into my lap or up on my shoulder and settle in for a nap. As a result, I do much more meditating and pre-performance visualization then I’ve ever done before! It’s been great for my horn playing.

What have you been listening to most recently?

Benjamin Britten’s Serenade for tenor, horn, and strings, Op. 31.
I had the honor of performing it as faculty soloist with the Tufts Chamber Orchestra at the Granoff Music Center in Medford on March 31 at 8 pm and at Symphony Space in New York City on April 19. Several well-known horn players have recorded it, and I’m always curious to hear other horn players’ interpretations. The writing is terrific, and it is great fun to play.

Do you have any pets at home? If so, where is your favorite place to take them for a walk?

I think Junko would freak out if I took her for a walk! She’s definitely an indoor, city cat.

Our morning really needed this.

NEC Blog - Thu, 2015-06-11 09:34


Our morning really needed this.

nprmusic: myriamgendron sets Dorothy Parker’s poetry to little...

NEC Blog - Wed, 2015-06-10 12:26


nprmusic:

myriamgendron sets Dorothy Parker’s poetry to little more than an acoustic guitar and a wry, wistful voice. Watch a stop-motion-animation video in which roses explode from a plucked head here and on All Songs TV

Harriette Thompson, 92, becomes oldest woman to finish marathon

NEC Blog - Wed, 2015-06-10 11:39
Harriette Thompson, 92, becomes oldest woman to finish marathon:

“A classically trained pianist who played three times at Carnegie Hall, Thompson says she mentally plays old piano pieces she had performed to help her get through the 26 miles, 385 yards.”
Harriette attended NEC from 1947-1949, and we are absolutely inspired by her and her unending resilience. Keep on running, Harriette!

Young Artist in Residence: Yoojin Jang

NEC Blog - Wed, 2015-06-10 10:10
Young Artist in Residence: Yoojin Jang:

Our Artist Diploma violinist Yoojin Jang performing Sibelius and Schumann for Your Classical Radio.

"We make music to create a world of dreams and fantasies, to create a world of life eternal, a world..."

NEC Blog - Wed, 2015-06-10 10:00
“We make music to create a world of dreams and fantasies, to create a world of life eternal, a world without tormented souls, a world without hollow defenses providing false illusions of immortality. Instead, we deceive ourselves with the serenades of life and love, serenades made vivid and tangible by the beauty of sound—sound which echoes from the first blades of grass to the dazzling portraits of wreaths woven by masters of song and harmony. We surrender our lives to these masters so that we may indulge in their gardens of beauty.”

- Russell Sherman at NEC’s ‪‎commencement‬ 2015 ‪

Debussy: Reverie

NEC Blog - Wed, 2015-06-10 08:19


Debussy: Reverie

Photos of El Sistema at Jordan Hall

Exploring El Sistema - Tue, 2015-06-09 14:59
All photos by Andy Hurlbut, featuring Avi Mehta, Sistema Fellow '12, and David France, Sistema Fellow '12. Not pictured: Julie Davis, Sistema Fellow '12, and Graciela Briceno, Sistema Fellow '11. Sistema Fellows Program

Our audience

Exploring El Sistema - Tue, 2015-06-09 11:55
When the Sistema Fellows Program provided me with the opportunity to visit Lorrie Heagy’s El Sistema-inspired nucleo four years ago, I knew I would soon return. So much of JAMM's programming resonated with me--the in-school program model in which El Sistema's culture infuses within a public school’s community, the focus... Sistema Fellows Program

"The great New Yorker critic Alex Ross calls music a “trance—a sensual disorder of the senses.” You..."

NEC Blog - Tue, 2015-06-09 11:01
“The great New Yorker critic Alex Ross calls music a “trance—a sensual disorder of the senses.” You know how life-changing it is. How it threads its way all through you and brings you closer to your best self. That feeling is something I think we’re all desperate to share. I remember sitting in that very [Jordan Hall] balcony and hearing Schumann’s Fantasy for piano for the very first time—it was Leonard Shure on this stage—and in the last movement, there is a heartbreaking melody that tries again and again to rise up and come loose, and time after time it falls back … I remember weeping uncontrollably. There’s a breathtaking, hopeful moment when the melody finds a partner and begins to sail up as a duet—and one of my tears fell off my cheek, over the balcony and through the air, down onto someone’s head in the seats below. I was a wreck. And I really wanted everyone else to be a wreck, too.”

- Alumna Cathy Fuller ‘82, '88 M.M. greeted the NEC Class of 2015 on
behalf of the Alumni Association

TO PLAY WITHOUT PASSION IS INEXCUSABLE! LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN