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The subtitle of the blog is “meaning, music, and conducting.” So I want to address meaning — what it is, why it matters. As defined by positive psychology research, meaning is the feeling of being connected to something larger than … Continue reading

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L’Amour de Loin

I was at the opening of L’Amour de Loin at the Met last night. It was a powerful opera, staged and performed with overwhelming thoughtfulness. The first thing you need to know is that there is no set. There is nothing on … Continue reading

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choral v. instrumental

This is another post in response to a question my conducting students had. They wanted to know the differences between choral and instrumental conducting. I explained in class that there is some controversy over this subject, and that there are … Continue reading

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I asked my conducting students what they wanted to know that I haven’t talked about yet. They had several great questions, some of which I will definitely deal with in class where doing the work and watching their colleagues do … Continue reading

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we’re gonna need a bigger boat

All this time, I’ve been writing about being a woman conductor. “Is that rare?” my psychiatrist asked me, when I suggested to him that this was a source of stress in my life. “Yes,” I informed this otherwise highly educated … Continue reading

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singing teacher, lecturer, wizard

This is true.

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mozart in the jungle

A colleague — a theater professor — recommended the Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle to me. She said the first couple of episodes are a little clunky, but if you get through them, it’s totally worth it. She has good taste, … Continue reading

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