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What Makes You A Musician?

There is a question commonly asked amongst people in the Armenian diaspora: What makes someone Armenian? You see, just over 100 years ago, and throughout history (and into this week, sadly) Armenians have been displaced from their homeland and have spread out all over… Continue Reading “What Makes You A Musician?”

This Was the Moment That Changed Everything For Me.

April 2020 was a strange month for me. (I know, I know, but hear me out)   In January, I had started working with my business coach, Jennifer Rosenfeld, in her group program.  It had a hefty price tag–hefty enough to give one pause–but… Continue Reading “This Was the Moment That Changed Everything For Me.”

An Antidote to Election-Week Anxiety

    Anyone here got the election on their mind? Yeah, me too. After an exhausting 6 years, we can finally see the end in sight for one of the world’s worst leaders. People all over the world are watching what will happen in… Continue Reading “An Antidote to Election-Week Anxiety”

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”