You can be a successful oboe teacher in Dubuque, Iowa and have a good, successful, fulfilling life.

-Roger Bourland

Read here.

Some musicians are unhappy with their positions, thinking they missed the Big Time Orchestra experience. Me? I love what I do. I’m happy. I’m content. And I feel like I’m where I’m called to be.

It’s a good feeling.


  1. This quote was my response of the unspoken pressure on young musicians to be “world famous.”

    And brava #15!

    The reason we keep sliding is that more blogs are born every second. It’s like Alice: “It keeps all the running you can do to keep in the same place!”

    Roger (#19 and sliding)

  2. Patricia Mitchell

    … and I love the quote! I will be using it, I’m sure, with those who think there’s only one way to happiness—that being a full time soloist or symphonic gig. Hah! I suspect there are more unhappy people in those positions than anyone could guess.

    But as new blogs are being born, aren’t some dying? Or do I have to get out my (non-existent) gun and kill of a few blogs? Anyone up for blog hunting?

    Just kidding …