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The Magic of New Ideas

  Think of three BIG IDEAS that have occurred to you in your lifetime. Do you remember what it felt like? I can recall 3 of mine: Specifically, 1 idea I had when I was 11 to start a summer camp in my backyard.… Continue Reading “The Magic of New Ideas”

The One Question I Always Get Asked

And Why the Answer Makes Me Uncomfortable.    It’s usually the 3rd or 4th question in a post-concert Q&A session.  The first ones are always about how I chose my program, which of the pieces was my favorite, if I worked closely with the… Continue Reading “The One Question I Always Get Asked”

But What Will They Think?

The Classical Music world is a strange one, isn’t it? It’s full of magic and wonder and skill and talent. From a young age, as soon as we know that we are going to pursue this as our life’s calling, we surround ourselves with… Continue Reading “But What Will They Think?”

The September Reset

It’s Labor Day! Hard to believe we have been through 6 months of COVID-19. Take a deep breath, and pat yourself on the back. You have been a total rockstar. Adjusting and adapting to a new work-life, new home-life, dealing with lockdowns, canceled vacations,… Continue Reading “The September Reset”

I more than doubled my teaching rate and THIS is what the parents had to say about it.

Like many of you, I’m not only a performer, but I teach as well. I love teaching and consider it one of my major callings in life, and it was also the steadiest and most reliable form of income I had. Up until recently,… Continue Reading “I more than doubled my teaching rate and THIS is what the parents had to say about it.”

The Great Reframing: or, why I am suddenly grateful that all of my concerts this year have been canceled due to COVID-19.

  One of the teaching jobs I had, while I was a freelancing cellist, was at a private school. I conducted the orchestra and string ensembles, ran the chamber music program, and taught cello lessons. After a few years of my poking my nose… Continue Reading “The Great Reframing: or, why I am suddenly grateful that all of my concerts this year have been canceled due to COVID-19.”

Permission Granted

Not that you need it, but you seem to be asking for it anyway. I see you, my friend. You’re an incredible musician. Thoughtful, dedicated. You went to the right schools and survived the years of practicing 6-8 hours a day in order to… Continue Reading “Permission Granted”

Lacking the Motivation to Practice?  Focus on Your Systems, Not Your Goals.

It’s scary to see an uncertain future and not know where or how the goals you set out for yourself fit into it. But what if you could shift away from the Goals themselves, and focus on your Systems instead?

Life: Online (My Spring Newsletter)

Hello Friends, Greetings from Sunny (but Locked down) Bermuda. It’s been a while since my last article. Since then, the world got turned upside-down, and everyone has been hurriedly adjusting to this “new normal” as they call it.  I do have some posts rolling… Continue Reading “Life: Online (My Spring Newsletter)”

Canceled by Coronavirus: Will the Show Go On?

What do we musicians do when public health concerns shutter our performances and make travel risky? As I write this, the concern over contracting the COVID-19 virus has gone from “If you or someone close to you have traveled recently to China” to a… Continue Reading “Canceled by Coronavirus: Will the Show Go On?”