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Violinists Tina Chang Qu and Jorja Fleezanis to Join Interlochen Arts Academy Faculty

June 17, 2021, 1:44 PM · Michigan's Interlochen Arts Academy will welcome two well-known violinists and pedagogues to its string faculty this fall: Jorja Fleezanis and Tina Chang Qu.

"Tina and Jorja are world-class teaching artists and we are thrilled to welcome them to our Music Department," said Enrique Márquez, director of music at Interlochen Center for the Arts. "Our students will benefit immeasurably from their wealth of experience in teaching and performing and their global perspective."
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Do emotional regulation skills have a place in teaching music?

June 16, 2021, 11:50 AM · I’ve become fascinated by a little-used word in my vocabulary: "accord." When most people think of "accord" they think of being in agreement, or an official political agreement, or doing something out of one’s own will. A lesser-used definition is "balanced interrelationship, harmony." Based on those definitions, a life that is "in accord" is a life lived at peace with oneself and with the people around you. It is a life lived in harmony. But how do we get there? What is needed to live in accord? And what does this have to do with music?

Emotional regulation is key to living in harmony with yourself and with others. "Emotional regulation," as defined by Marc Brackett of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, is most simply defined as "being able to handle our emotions in helpful ways." Ok, cool, I agree. Knowing how to handle my emotions in helpful ways is a good thing for my life overall. But what does this have to do with music?

My own training as a music teacher did not deal with "emotional regulation." Keep reading...

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Violinist Tai Murray Appointed to Yale School of Music Faculty

June 15, 2021, 11:59 PM · Violinist Tai Murray will join the faculty at the Yale School of Music, where she will begin this fall as full-time assistant professor, adjunct, of violin, teaching applied violin and coaching chamber music, according to an announcement Monday. The news follows last week's announcement that Augustin Hadelich also will join the YSM violin faculty this fall.

"Like many of our performance faculty, she will remain active as a concert artist both in the United States and abroad," said YSM Dean Robert Blocker.

"I am ecstatic to join the YSM family," Murray said on her Instagram page.

BELOW: Tai Murray plays "Aurora" from Ysaÿe Sonata No. 5, from a live performance at Ilumina Festival 2017:

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REVIEW: Augustin Hadelich in Recital with Orion Weiss

June 15, 2021, 4:45 PM · A live recital? In person? Heck yeah! I'll drive 50 miles across Los Angeles during rush hour to see that!

Especially when the performers are violinist Augustin Hadelich, with pianist Orion Weiss, whose Monday recital was part of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County's spring series at the Irvine Barclay Theatre.

For me, this was the first live performance I'd seen since the start of the pandemic, after more than a year of seeing everything on a screen. What welcome a treat! Keep reading...

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