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  • Why Yes, You Should Talk To Your Neighbors About Saving The NEA
    Work deadlines and preparations for the string instrument cost of ownership mega-article are keeping me at max capacity busy so today’s post is a pointer to an enormously useful resource article from Joe Patti on why it is important to talk to ...
  • String Instrument Cost Of Ownership Sneak Peek
    I am all kinds of excited to say that the impending String Instrument Cost of Ownership article is going to be a full blown interactive infographic! All things being equal, it should be up on Friday or Monday and to give you an idea of what’s i...

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  • Everyone Wants Creativity, But Don’t Want To Flirt With Failure
    Now and again I have cited the 2010 IBM study where CEOs worldwide ranked creativity as the most relevant and important skill their employees needed to take their companies in the future.  According to a piece by Larry Robertson on Creativity Post, ...
  • Talking To Your Neighbors About Saving The NEA
    Margy Waller’s piece about How To Talk About Saving the NEA has been making the rounds these last couple weeks. You should take a look at it if you haven’t already.  Her piece isn’t so much about how to convince your legislator tha...

Neo Classical

  • Do you need a prerequisite to enjoy classical music?
    A while back I posted on Facebook that I felt the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto needed a time out. One of the commenters on that post said, “Yes, but it’s such a great first time listener’s work. After they listen to that then they can go on and ...
  • #TributesTasting
    Pairing food and drink with music has always been an important and fun metaphor for me. Since the creation of The Higdon cocktail, a drinkable metaphor offering a new way approach Jennifer Higdon’s Violin Concerto, many people have been asking: wil...

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  • Month 6: On the Hill and On the Streets
    (Pictured L-R: Douglas Rosenthal, Randall Hawes) Cultural Event: Tour of the Massachusetts State House Well friends, I’ve reached the half-way point of this challenge! February brought me to Boston, so I wandered over to Beacon Hill with my fri...
  • Our Eyes on the Prize: The National Endowment for the Arts
    If like me you sometimes only read an article’s first paragraph, I ask you to please call your elected officials in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Demand that they continue to fund the National Endowment for the Arts. Cite the ...

 

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  • Hiatus
    I love writing for nondivisi and have cherished the opportunity to do so, however sporadic the content and quality have been. But with a heavy heart I must inform you that nondivisi is now on indefinite hiatus, due to a serious illness within my imme...
  • Shameless Self-Promotion Dept.
    Many people know I’m extremely fortunate to play on an incredible violin that’s gained even more notoriety over the past couple of years. One of the numerous challenges after it was stolen was to try and pick up where I left off artistic...
 

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  • Great times at the 2017 Chicago Bass Festival
    I fondly recall the very first Chicago Bass Festival back in 2009. Allan Dennis, Jerry Fuller, and I had been chatting about the need for a festival like this for quite some time.  As director of the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory, Allan had the...
  • Memories from the 2017 San Francisco Winter Bass Bash
    It was such a pleasure to be the featured artist for the 2017 San Francisco Winter Bass Bash! I had the chance to check out the 2016 Bash and was inspired by what I saw. Student groups from all over the Bay Area performed at Davies Hall (the home of ...

Brian-Dickie

  • Oh my goodness!
    I am sorry folks - I have been completely hopeless with the blog in recent days. I used to pride myself on posting something, however trivial, every day. I now try to avoid trivial (not always successfully of course) and...
  • National Opera Studio on show
    I have been taking it pretty easy on performances these last weeks having been working pretty full time during the day. Not sure that I can manage so many 14 hour days any more! But Christmas is coming and I...
 

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SticksandDrones

  • GROUND CONTROL TO MAJOR TOM
    Well, it’s happened. You’ve squandered another perfectly good practice session by reading this blog. The good news is that it’s the last time you’re going to be able to blame me for missing that F sharp 9 diminished arpeggio,...
  • CODA. MY LAST POST…FOR NOW
    The height of your success is determined by the depth of your foundation.. To wrap up what has been a fantastic opportunity to explore ideas, to have heated and deep discussions and some real fun, I first have to thank Drew McManus (Adaptistration) f...

Lynn Harrell

  • Cello Perspectives With WFMT
    I had the pleasure of participating in WFMT’s cello month, which is planning to broadcast Songs My Father Taught Me on January 31st at 10:00 PM Central Time.  Noel Morris published a lovely piece about everything at the WFMT blog, which incl...
  • Thank you, Henri.
    Henri Dutilleux has died. His work as a musician and composer is, and like Stravinsky, will remain a pinnacle of accomplishment from our time; and given how long his creativity lasted, it is fair to say his achievements span multiple generations. I h...
 

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