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Elizabeth Faidley: Master Creator of Opportunities for Her Studio

July 20, 2017, 9:04 PM · One of my biggest struggles as a teacher is creating opportunities for my students that will not only reinforce the extensive training and investment required to excel in music, but will additionally be landmarks in the country of their growth. In a relentlessly competitive field, it is hard to create environments and space that encourage children to hone their skills while respecting and embracing their colleagues. It is a ceaseless challenge to reinforce the exponential discipline involved in music, while nurturing the eagerness that feeds most of our musical urges.

Elizabeth Faidley, a violin teacher at the Manhattan School of Music, is a master at filling her studio with opportunities that meet these demands, all the time. Over the last year, she has hosted master classes with renown soloists Sarah Chang, Peter Winograd, Yevgeny Kutik, Vadim Gluzman, and Ray Chen, as well as orchestrated an immense collaboration with Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra, a local professional orchestra, that culminated in a concert featuring 42 of her students in solo performances with the ensemble. Keep reading...

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A Day in the Life of a Freelance String Quartet

July 20, 2017, 10:34 AM · Many people seem interested in the unvarnished, day-to-day lives of Classical musicians lately (note that Mozart in the Jungle was just recently approved for a fourth season), and that's what inspired me to write the music for an album that depicts A Day in the Life of a Freelance String Quartet.

Beginning before any of our quartet members has awakened, there is the Series of Nightmares After a (the previous) Day of Gigs including traditional gig fare such as Pachelbel's Canon (which in the minor key sounds like the opening of Mahler #1), Handel's Hornpipe from the Water Music, Bach's Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring, and Massenet's Meditation from Thais, as well as remnants from the previous day's bar mitzvah and subsequent party, all of which conspire at the end to crash a cocktail party. Keep reading...

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Three Finalists Named in the 2017 Cooper Competition

July 19, 2017, 11:37 PM · Three finalists were announced Wednesday, as well as 4th, 5th and 6th place laureates, in the 2017 Cooper Competition, sponsored by Oberlin Conservatory of Music and The Cleveland Orchestra. They are:

Each of the three finalists will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Cleveland's Severance Hall with the Cleveland Orchestra, with Jahja Ling conducting. The concert will be broadcast live on Cleveland's WCLV 104.9 FM and streamed live on the Internet. Keep reading...

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