Stravinsky: Patrouchka with the NEC Phil + guest conductor Tito...

NEC Blog - Wed, 2015-06-17 08:28


Stravinsky: Patrouchka with the NEC Phil + guest conductor Tito Munoz live in Jordan Hall 2010

Introducing our iPadio channel!

Preparatory School - Tue, 2015-06-16 14:37
Introducing our iPadio channel!:

“Hi, I’m Steven Karidoyanes. This iPadio channel chronicles the June 2015 tour of the New England Conservatory Youth Symphony. We’re traveling to Ireland and Northern Ireland, with performances in Galway, Derry and Dublin. Stop by this channel every once in a while and follow our trip.”

NEC premiere in NYC

NEC Blog - Tue, 2015-06-16 13:29

Wednesday, June 17, Chelsea Music Festival presents NY premiere of Immutable Dreams by Kati Agocs of the NEC faculty. NEC performers on this Hungarian-themed program include Tessa Lark, Amy Galluzzo, Derek Mosloff, Michael Dahlberg, joining the Festival’s 2015 Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation artist, violist Vladimir Babeshko.

Our NEC jazz ambassadors in Venezuela: Ken Schaphorst, Isaac...

NEC Blog - Tue, 2015-06-16 09:49


Our NEC jazz ambassadors in Venezuela: Ken Schaphorst, Isaac Wilson, Fran Vielma, Dan Raney and Mike Dick. They are visiting this week playing concerts and teaching, and meeting some incredible musicians! 

Starting a new work day with the NEC Chamber Orchestra and...

NEC Blog - Tue, 2015-06-16 09:03


Starting a new work day with the NEC Chamber Orchestra and Haydn.

Music and Language, Music and Nature

Exploring El Sistema - Mon, 2015-06-15 21:26
This spring, through the generosity of NEC and the Sistema Fellowship Resource Center, I was able to attend Victor Wooten's Music and Nature Camp outside of Nashville, Tennessee. For those of you not familiar, Wooten is the bass player for Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, and author of the book... Sistema Fellows Program

Commencement pics! For a giant collection visit our Facebook...

NEC Blog - Mon, 2015-06-15 15:23




















Commencement pics! For a giant collection visit our Facebook page. All photos: Miro Vintoniv

nprmusic: Leon Bridges’ update on classic soul is so detailed...

NEC Blog - Mon, 2015-06-15 14:06


nprmusic:

Leon Bridges’ update on classic soul is so detailed that it comes alive.

Stream Coming Home from NPR Music’s First Listen

We cannot stop listening to this.

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.


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