Saturday, November 14, 2009

Collaborator, Emissary

Whether you're playing with seasoned professionals or Suzuki beginners, what you get out of your time spent working with others depends largely on what you put into it. Erica Ann Sipes writes about the need to create memorable musical experiences in Accompanists as Emissaries:
Perhaps I'm putting too much pressure on myself to turn such a simple job into a life-transforming one. But you know what? I think I'll go ahead and take that risk. Because what I do know is that in the past couple years of working with these young kids in this way, with a lot of heart, care, and passion, I have witnessed a lot of moments that have brought me to tears. I see little kids, every week, moved by classical music and that, to me, is hopeful. And that drives me on.
Well said, Erica - the young musicians that have the privilege of making music with you must be very lucky indeed.

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