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All-Inspiring Welcome Address by Karl Paulnack

Karl Paulnack’s Welcome Address to the Boston Conservatory in 2004.

One of my parents’ deepest fears, I suspect, is that society would not properly value me as a musician, that I wouldn’t be appreciated. 2,409 more words


The Relationship Between Internal Invisible Objects

In his address to the parents of incoming freshman at the Boston Conservatory this year,  Karl Paulnack spoke of the ancient connections between astronomy, “the study of relationships between observable, permanent, external objects” and music, “the study of relationships between invisible, internal, hidden objects.” He detailed some immensely powerful moments in more recent history in which humans turned to music to do what none of the other things we cling to for survival could manage: save us. 226 more words

Art Of Others

First Responders: Thoughts on Boston, Music in Society, and a History Lesson

Woo!  I’m back!  I still have a recital and some exams to contend with, but I’ve missed writing these posts, and so much has happened in the music world over the past couple of weeks that just needs to be written about. 1,018 more words

Classical Music

Music Saves Lives

I heard Karl Paulnack speak at the 2013 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) convention in San Antonio.  He spoke about how music saves lives, numinous experiences  and neuroplasticity; Harvard University and the Music, Neuroimaging and Stroke Recovery department.   175 more words

Why Music?

You Tell Them This

You know those people? The ones who secretly (or not-so-secretly) scoff at your musical career? You know what you tell them?

You tell them to go just  492 more words

Chesed, Anyway You Like

Today I had a very successful audition for a local orchestra. I am very pleased with myself for the hard work of preparing for it, and also for the promise of good times ahead. 829 more words