A Civic Introduction: Ben Roidl-Ward

Ben Roidl-Ward, bassoon, is a third year member of the Civic Orchestra. Ben and I have known each other since undergrad at Oberlin College, so when the Civic Fellows were assigned the task of interviewing regular members to feature on the blog, I immediately knew I wanted to talk to Ben. He’s got a lot…

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A Dynamic Warm-up: How to stretch your body as a musician

Stretching before an activity is probably not a new concept to many of us.  There is a surplus of articles, videos, and infographics out there claiming to have the best stretches for classical musicians, the essential yoga poses for performers, the only move you need for perfect posture!  Though each approach may be slightly different,…

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Writing with Purpose: Civic Fellows compose original songs for victims of gun violence

For the Civic Fellows’ final project of the 2019 calendar year, we had the opportunity to work with Sara Lee and Rex Horan of the Irene Taylor Trust and with Purpose Over Pain, a support group for parents who have lost their children to gun violence. The project objective was to create original songs to…

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