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Consistency. (THANK YOU POLYPHONIC.ORG)

0 Nicole Camacho

This is my last stop on my first ever vlog journey and so big thanks to polyphonic.org for getting me started! THANK YOU SO MUCH

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Engaging Hobbies to Get Away from Work

0 Nicole Camacho

I meant to say something like “church work” or “church volunteering” :0) as one of my hobbies.  It may sound like i said “work” separate.  haha.  I guess you can say I am still working on pulling myself away from thinking about work, because it sounds like its on my list some how.  too funny!

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Keep Journal of Success Stories

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Who’s in Charge Here?

0 Nicole Camacho

I have been working on a way to say what I have said in this video for a few months now, in that it is touchy for me.  When I get involved with projects, I dive in, jump in, am all in, and so I really got the full picture and had to work on

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Take Your Opportunity to Create

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We are ALL Needed

0 Nicole Camacho

Peacefulness, Beauty, Goodness, Gentleness, Courage, and so on are all things the world will always want more of and so PLAY ON MY FELLOW ARTISTS, POETS, MUSICIANS :0)

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GNE - “Dances”

0 Natalie Spehar
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Playing Catch w/ Students in Flute Lessons

0 Nicole Camacho
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Pondering My Focus

0 Nicole Camacho

We have the opportunity to make a living doing many things and I am basically turning from “jack of all trades” mentality to focusing on what it is I love to do.  I am finally understanding that the work I put in is the work I will get out and so breaking out of this

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Babble Rhythms when Practicing

0 Nicole Camacho
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“Little by Little” instead of “Full Immersion”

0 Nicole Camacho
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Current Concerti

0 Natalie Spehar
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Successful Practice And Rehearsal Philosophy

0 Nicole Camacho
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Give Yourself the Chance to Compose!

0 Nicole Camacho
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An update on Écouter

0 Natalie Spehar
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At the table with Deluge Grander

0 Natalie Spehar
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Mountains Are Once Again Mountains

0 Brenton Alston
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Video Blog - Goodwill

0 Elaine Li
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Video Blog - Music in Many Ways

0 Elaine Li
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1st Vlog of the Year - Brenton Alston

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Video Blog - A Start to a Year

0 Elaine Li
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Back to concert season! First rehearsal - Fairfax Chamber Ensemble

0 Natalie Spehar
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Harp Year in Review

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Meghan reflects back on her year, from graduating from Rice University, performing with the Houston Symphony, driving across the country, and performing over 27 “47 Strings” outreach concerts. It was a fantastic year for freelancing with lots of great memories. Can’t wait to see what the next year holds! www.meghancaulkett.com facebook.com/47strings  

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Jade’s Last Polyphonic Vlog: Don’t forget your power!

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Music Outreach with Young Audiences

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Meghan discusses her work with Young Audiences, a national organization that helps bring arts education to children. Her outreach concert series, 47 Strings, is a performer with Young Audiences of Houston. Learn more at www.fortysevenstrings.com and like it on facebook at facebook.com/47strings!  

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Student and Teacher Preparation for Back to School!

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In this video blog, I discuss how both students AND teachers must prepare for the first day of classes.

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A packed symphony concert?!?

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  Here Derek talks about a local symphony concert he recently attended in Dubuque, Iowa.

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What’s up on Deck for Jade?

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What Music Schools are Looking For

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In this VLOG, I discuss what music schools are typically looking for in music majors.

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Music from a High School student’s perspective

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In this Vlog I interview two high school students about why music is important in their life.

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Bringing Your Reality into Your Career

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Wind Ensemble Piece Updates

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  Here Derek talks about his progress on his new wind ensemble piece, “We Seven”.

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The Practicality of a Little Notebook

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How wonderful are little notebooks? I think they are so very important and in this VLOG I tell you why!

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Playing with Community Ensembles

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  Here Derek talks about his summer experience playing with two community bands in the Eastern Iowa area.

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Only Practicing Before This Next Audition

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Hi Everyone! I am at my parents house in California, and am ONLY practicing before the next harp audition. No teaching. No gigs. It’s the total opposite of how I prepared for the last audition I took. Will it work? I hope so!  

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The Pros of Chamber Music

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In this VLOG for Polyphonic.org, I discuss the many pros of chamber music and share my experiences last weekend at a chamber music retreat on campus.

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Choose the Right School for You

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In this vlog, Meghan discusses factors to consider when choosing a music program, such as practice rooms, location, and taking a lesson before you audition.  

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What to do over summer break?!

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What to do over summer break?! While relaxing is great, I am not a “sit still” kind of person. So, in this VLOG I discuss what I have been up to!

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Derek Jenkins Composition Updates

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  Sometimes life happens and compositional plans get changed. Here Derek gives a quick update on his composition work this past year and what he’s currently working on.

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Sharing music with the Youth of Georgia!

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I travelled to Woodstock, Georgia, and visited a second grade class (my Mom’s!) at Bascomb Elementary where I shared my love of music!

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Expectations

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For this VLOG I discuss expectations - my own expectations, those of my students, their parents, and administration at the University level.

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Student Support as a Professor

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In this VLOG I discuss how important it is to support your students outside of the classroom or rehearsal space in which you usually see them.

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47 Strings, interactive and educational harp recitals in the community

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It’s the halfway point for 47 Strings! Learn how Meghan has been bringing harp music to homeless shelters after receiving the Richter Fund for Music Outreach from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. 47 Strings is a unique and unprecedented harp concert series. For each of the 47 strings, Houston harpist Meghan Caulkett

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Orchestral Etiquette 101

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There are some pretty basic rules to playing in an orchestra: be on time, look professional, be prepared, and don’t look behind you. But these simple things can make a big difference in how people view you as a musician.  

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Vlog# 12 Enjoying composition time again

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  Here Derek talks about being able to compose regularly again and the joy of being able to do so.

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Not just Pachelbel: Wedding Ceremony Music

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Spring is the start of wedding season, which creates lots of gigs for harpists and other classical musicians. In this vlog, Meghan discusses some traditional music selections, as well as shares some of her pop music arrangements.  

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It’s Spring Break For Professors Too!

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In this Vlog, I share what I am doing for my spring break…. Professors have spring break too!!

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Jade’s new Sphinx Award + The Key to Getting Recognition

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Vlog #11 Stuck on the beginning

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  Here Derek talks about the issues he has been encountering with the beginning of his wind ensemble piece, a reoccurring problem of his.

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Vlog 11- competition in music

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  I just judged my first competition and it has me thinking about the purpose of competition in music.  It is inevitable that it exists so we all need to figure out how we feel about it.

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Pre- Opera Vlog!

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A quick VLOG before I head out for the Atlanta Opera’s La Traviata.

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The week of traveling that made my friends think I’m nuts. Freelancing in LA, TX, and MA

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Think you’re busy with gigs? Meghan can relate. In this vlog she talks about having rehearsals in Baton Rouge, and auditions in Boston and Houston. All within the same week. Orchestral playing is amazing, but logistics can be exhausting.  

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Vlog 10 - More Flexibilty

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I have always thought of my career as fairly concise, with most of my activities funneled through my work with So Percussion.  But I am realizing more and more, that all careers in music these days require a flexibility to do many things well and piece together lots of interesting activities to make up the

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Jade’s Detroit whirlwind

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Conversations with Casals

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In this Vlog, I share inspirational words from the famous cellist and musician, Pablo Casals.

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Arts for Social Change, Boston University Panel, vlog #11

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Meghan talks about her experience and the questions that were asked at Boston University’s “Arts for Social Change” event. 47 Strings was one of the six organizations founded by former alumni that was discussed. The panel was open to current students in visual arts, theater, and music.  

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47 Strings- Programming for 4-year olds

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  47 Strings was recently awarded the Richter Fund for Musical Outreach from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. This grant will fund six performances at Houston Homeless Shelters this Spring. See how Meghan programs a concert for homeless preschoolers, as well as rehearsal time with bassist David Connor.

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Music Conference Tips and How-Tos!

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Tips on how to plan for a music conference and what to expect!

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What do I do when I’m not practicing? Vlog #9

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  Lots of time is spent in the practice room. But not all of it is practicing or recording. Things like teaching, driving, organizing music, and instrument repairs are all necessary parts of being a freelance musician.

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New Semester, New Beginnings!

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New semesters bring new beginnings! I am excited to get this semester started and talk about what I have planned this semester.

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Jade Recaps Putting on Her Own Darn concert!

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End of Semester Vlog!

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It’s the end of the semester ~ that means stressed out students and stressed out teachers! Grading, juries and commencement!

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Recording Summer Festival and Prescreening Tape Advice, Vlog #8

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Do you have to record for Summer festivals or prescreening tapes? Meghan does too. Watch as she records excerpts and solos, and find out what advice she has to offer!  

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Post Concert Report!

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In this Vlog I share how my most recent concert performance went, my recent visit to the University of Miami and my plans for the rest of the semester!

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Are you challenging your audience? You should be!

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47 Strings Outreach Performance at the Monarch School and Spring concert planning, Vlog #7

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  Find out about the latest 47 Strings performance at the Monarch School, a school for neurologically different children in Houston. Also learn what Meghan is planning for upcoming concerts!

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vlog 6- Northwestern Univ/learning music

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  i am in Northwestern for a short residency and am playing a solo on a library show while we are hear.  this vlog talks about re-learning a piece of music and how important it is to do right the first time.  

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Vlog #5 Outside of the Academic Viewpoint

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  Here Derek talks about his struggles with looking at music purely from an academic viewpoint.

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Vlog 6 - Can You…

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When subbing in an orchestra, it is not enough to know the rhythms and the notes.

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It’s Concert Week!

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It’s Concert Week! Lots going on and I discuss why I chose the literature that I did.

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Become a Content Creating Monster

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Jade Simmons says, “Put On Your Own Darn Concert!”

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Behind the scenes at 47 Strings performances

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See footage from Meghan’s outreach project as she performs in homeless shelters and nursing homes.  

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vlog 4 - Residency at KU

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I was recently in Lawrence KS for a residency and concert at KU.  This vlog details the residency activities and talks about a piece I taught the percussion students there to play with us on the show .

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Vlog #4 - Interpretation

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In this vlog, I read a poem from “What to Listen for in the World” about Interpretation and briefly discuss.

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47 Strings- Educational and Innovative Harp Outreach

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Have you heard about Meghan’s outreach project “47 Strings”? She’s performing one concert for each string on the harp. Find out how she’s bringing classical music into the Houston community through this concert series, and check out video from some of the performances and behind the scenes footage. You can also check out meghancaulkett.com/47Strings or

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Vlog #3- from Minneapolis MN and Helena MT

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  After the premiere of So’s Where (we) Live with some footage of the stage and set up from the Walker Center and then on to Helena MT.

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Vlog #3 - It’s ok to ask for help!

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When in need, ask for help! Colleagues and students are there to help you get through.

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vlog #3: It’s a Montage

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A smattering of pictures relating to recent Vega Quartet events set to our demo CD recording of Haydn’s Op. 33 No. 1. We anticipate our demo to drop later this month. Hope you enjoy! Photo Credits: Nate Dorn, Dorn Brothers Photography, and me. Visit www.vegaquartet.com for more information!

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Vlog #3 Composition Competitions

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  Here Derek discusses some of the positives and negatives of composition competitions.

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Jade talks Being the Buzz: How to get Media Attention

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vlog #2 - Carlos Museum

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Mini-Tour of the Michael C. Carlos Museum. http://www.carlos.emory.edu/

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Vlog #2 Process and Inspiration

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  Here I try to answer the two most common questions I get as a composer: 1) Where do you find your inspiration? and 2) What is your process?

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When life hands you lemons…still show up on time to rehearsals. Vlog #2

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Vlog #2- in my studio

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Starting the season, this Vlog talks about getting ready for the premiere of my group’s newest project, Where (we) Live.

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Jade’s Journey: Behind Playing with Fire

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Releasing this new recording has stretched me to the limits on all fronts…but that’s a good thing. Artistic identity expansion is something you should look into continually. Get to stretching!  

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Vlog #1 Intro

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Hi! I wanted to introduce myself and give a little background of what I’m up to this season with the Vega String Quartet!

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Lauren Denney Wright - Goodmorning! Vlog #1

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Vlog #25 To make a living, get a life

0 Gavin Chuck

You’re naturally focused on starting a career in music. Have a life outside music, develop secondary interests, and encounter new ideas. Work that expresses who you are comes out of the unique experiences that you cultivate for yourself, and those experiences are richest when they are wide-ranging.

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Vblog #24 - Bleckmann/Monder

0 Ben Thomas

How Theo Bleckmann and Ben Monder came to play at Bernunzio’s Music.

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Vlog #23 Behind the Scenes

0 Barmey Ung

Here is a behind the scenes teaser of our upcoming music video. Special thanks to everyone involved! Deboka Films Director: Eduardo Cintron Producer: Eduardo Ortiz-Romeu, Barmey Ung Director of Photography: Jay Patton Assistant DP/ Cam 2: Joseph Delhommer Assistant Director: Miguel Otero Art Director: Nick Rastenis Stylist: Nicole Paprosky Make-up: Melissa Mazenett Production Assistant: Matt

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Vblog#21 - Bending and Breaking live

0 Ben Thomas

We’re back! After a long hiatus Aaron Staebell’s Bending and Breaking rises again with Noah Berman - guitar, Ethan Helm - alto, Dave Chisholm - trumpet, Ben Thomas - bass, Aaron Staebell - drums.

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Vlog #22 - A Person of Consequence

0 Krista Blackwood

Thoughts about how to judge whether your art makes an impact in a world saturated with Facebook likes.

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VLOG#21_Reflecting on the CD Release so far

0 Barmey Ung

http://youtu.be/dtFNj1OaPLs Here are some things that I learned about releasing my first album. After watching this video on my own, it’s really honest and critical.. which is just the type of person that I am. However, I neglected to talk about all the extremely positive things that came out of this album, besides the things

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Vlog #19 What made a 6-hour event work

0 Gavin Chuck

Ensemble Dal Niente put on “The Party” curated by Marino Formenti in Chicago. It was in an open space in the middle of the city and lasted 6 hours. And it worked - for reasons that were unexpected.

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Vblog#19 - My new CD!

0 Ben Thomas

My CD is done! What did it take to get this far? Find out!

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Vblog#18 - Recital Thoughts

0 Ben Thomas

I draw conclusions on my graduate recital, which was April 6th!

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VLOG#18_Sample of “Piece for Brass Quintet”

0 Barmey Ung

Here is a sample of a piece I wrote for Gaudete Brass Quintet for Kmang Kmang’s CD Release Show March 31st, 2012. We had a blast, but unfortunately, we didn’t have time to do revisions with the piece. It was very difficult to say the least!

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VLOG#17_Preview

0 Barmey Ung

http://youtu.be/cFkU70rKM5g This is a song, “The Ever Evolving Etude” written by Avishai Cohen. As you can see, I’m a big fan of his music, and this is the 3rd of his songs that I’ve arranged for my band - KMANG KMANG. This is the just the solo version, me playing by myself in my apartment,

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Vlog #16 - Art Local

0 Krista Blackwood

Krista introduces Art Local to Kansas City audiences.

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Vlog#16_Sketches for Music Video

0 Barmey Ung

Here is a sneak peak at some of our video sketches for our upcoming video for Kmang Kmang’s song “Simpliminal.” Looks like I still got to crop out some of that green screen.. Enjoy!

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Vblog#13 - Ossia

0 Ben Thomas

A talk with some of the Ossia Board members about the upcoming concert that night.

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VLOG#11_Piece-for-Brass-Quintet

0 Barmey Ung

Here is a little bit of a new piece that I’m writing for Brass Quintet. It will be premiered on March 31st by Gaudete Brass Quintet at Kmang Kmang’s CD release party in Chicago at the Painted Door - 1505 W Chicago Ave. It’s gonna be EPIC!! The video cuts out at the end, but

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Vblog#11 - Sam Mehr

0 Ben Thomas

Find out what Sam Mehr’s up to on this episode of Blogging with Ben!

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Vblog #10 - #thisrocks

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5HE performs In Transit: #thisrocks

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VLOG#9_Little Kisses

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This is a piece that I wrote for Katrina Mena and Keith Rick. Katrina is the singer of my old band Beijinhos (“Little Kisses” in Portuguese), and they recently married. I wrote this song for them and played it at their wedding, but I think it could be developed more, perhaps with the band. Enjoy!

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Vblog #9 - Banff/Sim Part 2

0 Ben Thomas

Brief synopsis of the jazz and creative music program at Banff/SIM pt. 2

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Vlog #6 SONiC Festival

0 Gavin Chuck

Just back from the SONiC Festival in NYC.

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Vlog #5 I love new music, even the new music I don’t like

0 Gavin Chuck

As symphony orchestras retool, old music should be balanced with new music.

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Vlog #4 Back from touring Europe

0 Gavin Chuck

Alarm Will Sound just completed a tour of Poland and Italy via NYC. It’s exhausting fun!

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Vblog #2 - Creativity with Ted Taforo

0 Ben Thomas

A brief interview with friend Ted Taforo, an expert on creativity.

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Vblog #1 - Introduction

0 Ben Thomas

Short introduction to the world of Ben Thomas for the next year!

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Vlog #26 - Looking Back

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Looking back on my first year out of grad school and my plans for the future.

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Vlog #25 - Camp Meeting

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A sneak peek of church on Sundays in the summer!

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Vlog #24 - Summer Planning

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Lesson planning, a recap of the Westminster Chamber Music Workshop, anthem planning, and Christmas music!

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Vblog #20

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Musicians and promotion!

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Vlog #21 - Upcoming Events!

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Our first studio recital, an update on our chamber music workshop, juries at the college, course assessments, and a choir concert at church.

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Vblog #14 RIJF Announcment!

0 Katie Ernst

I’m announcing my upcoming performance at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival this June.

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Vlog #19 - Lecture Recital

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A clip from a recent lecture recital I gave with my collaborative partner, Steve Danyew.

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Vlog #18 - Technology

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What do I think of technology in music?  Good question!

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Vlog #16 - Symphony

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A trip to Boston to hear the BSO play!

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Vlog #15 - Classical Music Stereotypes

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A discussion of some of the stereotypes that often surround classical music.

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Vlog #11 - No Sick Days

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Christmas Eve preparations for two church services.

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Vlog #9 - Thanksgiving Week

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Thanksgiving Week Update: a special combined church service, technology in the Class Piano classroom, and a new website for our chamber music workshop.

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Vlog #8 - Children’s Choir

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Here’s a look at our children’s choir theme for this year including a tie-in with Thanksgiving.

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Vblog #8 - Voiceovers, Backup Vocals, and Chicago Concert Clips

0 Katie Ernst

My stint doing backup vocals, radio voiceovers, and a mini montage of a recent performance.

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Vblog#7 - I’m in Boston! Cool!

0 Katie Ernst

A quick trip to Boston for a University of Rochester event is a big success.

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Vlog #7 - Adjunct Teaching, Children’s Choir, Grants

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This is an update on children’s choir, our grant proposals, and adjunct teaching.

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Vlog #6 - Grant-Writing, Chamber Music

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Here’s a quick update on our grant proposal and a few details on our new chamber music workshop!

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Vlog #5 - Time Management

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Here’s a quick update on what I’m doing this fall - two piano studios, church choirs, and two college classes.  Good time management is a must!

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Vlog #4 - Grant-Writing, Goals, Teaching

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This is a quick update on my first weeks of college teaching, my piano studio, the start of the church choir year, and a few professional goals (recording, grant-writing, etc).

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Vlog #3 - Music Education, Journal Submissions

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This update is all about preparing for my first semester of college teaching (and how I got the job!) and the beginning of the submission process for scholarly journals.

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Vblog #2 - Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

0 Chung Park

Second blog post and a little window into the craziest thing I’ve ever done as a conductor.

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Vlog #2 - Church Music, College Adjunct

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Here’s a quick update on my work at the church as Director of Music and my new position at Fitchburg State University as an adjunct professor.

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Vlog #1 - Introduction

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Hello there!  I’m Ashley Garofalo - church musician, adjunct professor, and piano teacher.  I just finished my M.M. degree and moved to a small town in North/Central MA.  Get to know me and follow along with my adventures this year!  Thanks for watching!

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Vblog #1 - Gem State String Bootcamp

0 Chung Park

1st Blog Post. Intro and little clip from the Gem State String Technique Bootcamp.

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