Most of my colleagues in the Civic Orchestra are hot on the orchestral audition circuit. Preparing effectively for the high-magnitude audition is something we discuss at great length. As I approach the end of my last year in this professional training orchestra, I find myself desiring to take advantage of every opportunity. Yet I continually […]Read more "How Community Engagement Aids Audition Preparation"
Earlier this fall, while I was immersed in an intense rehearsal with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Maestro Semyon Bychkov said something that really struck a chord with me. As we were playing through Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 3, he stopped the rehearsal to address the strings that were playing a lyrical passage. The violins had […]Read more "Learning How to Listen"
In early September, the 2014-15 Citizen Musician Fellows met for the first time. We had all been waiting for the beginning of the season and were eager to get started. It was clear to me that we were very excited to be there, and this led me to revisit a few questions I had been […]Read more "Why We Do What We Do"