For the record: Youth Orchestra Conductors should NOT berate and embarrass students. They should not suggest that a player slap another student. And they should not suggest that a player go find another orchestra when they are unhappy with the student’s playing.


If a conductor does any of these things the student(s) SHOULD go find another orchestra.

(If it sounds like I’m angry I’m okay with that. Because I’m angry right now.)

Palestrina: Tu es Petrus
New York Polyphony + countertenor Tim Keeler, tenor Andrew Fuchs and bass-baritone Jonathan Woody

You are Peter,
And upon this Rock I will build My Church:
and the gates of hell shall not overcome it.
And I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.

Whatever you bind upon earth shall be bound in heaven,
and whatever you release upon earth shall be released in heaven,
and I will give you the keys to the kingdom of Heaven.

Lassus: Justorum Animae
The Lassus Consort

YouTube notes:
Orlande de Lassus’ stunning motet, Justorum Animae, recorded in the miraculous acoustic of St. Alban the Martyr, Highgate. This is one of the tracks featured on our upcoming disk ‘Beata Virgine: The Music of Lassus & Morales’, released on the 4th May.

The CD is currently in its editing stage but NOW WE NEED YOUR HELP! Do please consider giving to our GoFundMe campaign, every contribution will go a long way to helping make this disk the very best it can be, and bring this beautiful music to a wider audience. Thank you!

Director – Joshua D. Xerri
Producer – Lewis Jones
Musical Consultant – Nicholas Morris
Recording Engineer – Ben Weatherill
Assistant Recording Engineer – James Sheilds
Videographer – Harry Broom

Michel Legrand came to San Jose at some point (I can’t remember the date) and performed (and conducted, I believe) with the San Jose Symphony. I barely remember that. I do remember watching the Umbrellas of Cherbourg over and over with our daughter. That man knew how to write lovely music!

I may put more music up later … for now I have students to teach.

Okay … one more (quickly):

The Miracle Drug for Struggling Musicians

Do you experience:
Poor Performance?
Fear of Child Prodigies?
You may need TUPRACTIS!

How you ever wonder how professionals get that extra “edge” to perform at the highest level?
They ALL use this same trick! They all discovered that they needed “TUPRACTIS”

Are you bad at auditioning?

I always was, yeah. When you’re on the job, it’s so collaborative. It’s about everyone. When you’re auditioning, it’s only you. It’s so not related to what the job will be, really.

—Catherine O’Hara

Yep … it’s like that in music too. It’s one of the many reasons I really dislike the audition process, but what can you do? It is what it is.

I read it here.

Elaine Hagenberg: O Love
(I couldn’t find information on the singers or the cellist and pianist.)

Eriks Esenvalds: Amazing Grace (John Newton hymn)
Vlaams Radio Koor; Klaas Stok, Conductor

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale names Richard Egarr as next Music Director, its second in their nearly 40-year history

Egarr, currently serving as Music Director of the Academy of Ancient Music, will succeed Nicholas McGegan beginning in the 2020/21 season

Read more here.

Here is more from Joshua Kosman.

Gabrielle Castriotta, at UCSB, has some excellent advice. Please read it.

If you are an instructor and would like to add to her thoughts please feel free to comment.