Tuesday, September 26, 2006

October is "Funding for Arts" Month

Released by Foundation Center, September 18, 2006

Back by popular demand, the Foundation Center's Funding for Arts Month returns this October!

Join us throughout October for opportunities to find up-to-date information on foundation funding in the arts field, meet key grantmakers active in this area, and network with colleagues. You'll find more details on the events, educational programs, and resources relating to Funding for Arts Month at all five of our locations and at our web site at Focus on Arts Funding.

You can also subscribe to our free monthly newsletter Arts Funding Watch, delivered weekly in October,and/or the newsletter for the regional center in your area.

To register for events or educational programs, please refer to the October calendar for our New York, Atlanta, Cleveland, San Francisco, and Washington, DC, regional centers.

Feel free to forward this message to anyone you believe would be interested in Funding for Arts Month.

We hope to see you in October!

Reactions to Sept. 13 QUADRE Concert

As you all know, we received a lot of very positive and wonderful feedback at our September 13 concert at the Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center. We had a very diverse audience that came due to the marketing efforts of CSMA and ourselves. Just a great way to Kick-Off the season.

I wanted to share a couple letters we received the following week:

"Your Wednesday night 'QUADRE' concert was a treat to hear. As I become more familiar with French horn music, I find your mellow tones even more enjoyable. Enclosing an extra donation. May time in Nevada be productive for your group."

"I have attended a number of your concerts but none have captured my heart like your Kick-Off concert last Wednesday. The intimate setting of Tateuchi Hall lent itself well to your warm humor and your music. Your four horns were truly one voice that drew pictures in each piece and, for me, especially in light hearted Nimble & Quick; in toe tapping Rolling Home; in deeply moving Moments and playful Landler; and in beautiful Shepherd's Call. Thank you for that evening! All the best in the coming season!"

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Maxims for Young Musicians; Music Software

In addition to being a fabulous composer, Robert Schumann was quite the writer. His journal, 'Neue Zeitschrift der Musik,' played advocate to many of the great composers of his day including Chopin and Brahms. A growing mental instability throughout his life finally turned into insanity, and Schumann had to be institutionalized. He died in 1856 at the age of 46. What follows are a couple of the many thoughts he had for the aspiring young musician.

"Play in time! the playing of some virtuosos resembles the walk of a drunken man. Do not make these your models."
"Always play as though a master were present."
"You must reach the point where you can hear the music from the printed page."
"Try to play easy pieces well; it is better than to play difficult ones poorly."
"To play overmuch in society is more injurious than advantageous. Study your audience; yet never play anything of which in your own heart you feel ashamed."

For more of Schumann's thoughts check out his book, 'On Music and Musicians,' by Robert Schumann. Edited by Konrad Wolff. Translated by Paul Rosenfeld. Published by McGraw-Hill Book Company.

As a modern-day composer, I have the advantage of the computer to help me turn out music very quickly that is quite legible. There are several computer software programs that allow you to do this: Encore, Finale, and Notion. One of the programs that I've found really useful is Sibelius. Created by twin brothers that live in Europe, Sibelius has been used by composers everywhere to make our lives less traumatic. I used this program to write 'Reason to Rhyme' and I've taught all-day classes on it at the Community School of Music and Arts. For more information on this piece of software go to: http://www.sibelius.com.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

International Musician; Cornucopia

It is the official journal of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada. (Interesting it is called the "International" musician don't you think?!) Anyway, it is a monthly magazine that lists - with the musician in mind - the latest gadgets, health issues, reports, and job listings from around the country. This last one is the most important since this is how we find out about music jobs that pay a living (and non-living) wage in North America. In 2003, QUADRE listed openings in the job section. It may be something that we'll consider again given our current situation. I'll bring a couple copies of the magazine to the next meeting. If you're interested, they also have a companion website at http://www.internationalmusician.org.

On a much smaller scale, Marilyn Bone Kloss - an amateur horn enthusiast - publishes a periodical of news and articles for anyone interested in the horn. It is a publication of the New England Horn Society. It tends to be focused on East coast activities and the larger horn symposiums which she always attends. The latest publication that is sitting on my desk talks about the 2006 IHS (International Horn Symposium) in Cape Town, South Africa. It had about 100 people in attendance and was - by far - the most intimate horn conference in recent memory. She has an interesting perspective on life in the horn community and helps us all to see different angles. Their web site is http://www.hornnewengland.org.