Panorámicos article on 50th Anniversary Concert of Bascom Little Fundhttp://www.cleveland.com/musicdance/index.ssf/2016/09/cleveland_composers_enjoy_over.html

MENTAL /PHYSICAL PREPARATION FOR A GREAT PERFORMANCE

How can we best prepare mentally and physically for important performances and auditions?

1. Lots of exercise and sleep: get your heart rate up doing your favorite aerobics (situps, walking/running/zoomba, whatever). Getting your heart rate  up (that means sweating!) gets the adrenaline OUT of your system come performance time. Lots of stretching, especially first thing in the morning, before bed, and in your down time before you perform. Sleep: reset that brain, get as much good quality sleep as you can.

2. Eats/Drinks: Take care that what you are putting into your body is fuel for the machine to work like a performance race car. Nutritional ! Avoid salt, sugar, caffeine, alcohol, lots of water and bananas :)

3. Mental Prep: stay focused on the music and how to get from point A to point B. Fully engaged in the performance! If your brain wanders, snap back to the present as quickly as possible. This is something you can practice now as you travel, Practice Performing. 

4. Performance time:  BREATHE!  Cool, beautiful  air in, tension and negativity OUT. As you breathe, don’t be talking to yourself or thinking through performance steps, just breathe…no-mindedness…let the brain rest (like yoga class).  Don’t think about the competition, focus on being the storyteller that YOU want to be, and when you’re in the room, it’s Storytime! Be compelling w/ character and color, you know the notes and rhythms... full engagement in the music and music making process!

HAYNES FLUTES FOR SALE....

 I recently lost a dear friend, and am now trying to help her husband find loving homes for these gorgeous instruments...all in mint condition.

Traversos: in pristine condition

1. Folkers and Powell Hotteterre   392

2. Folkers and Powell Rottenburg 415

 

Modern Flutes: Excellent Condition

 Solid Silver Haynes, B and C footjoints, C# trill, offset G #44595

 10K Gold Haynes, 14K headjoint, French Model w/ B Foot, Silver Keys, offset G

Gemeinhardt flute Serial No. A07862- student model

 

Piccolos

 Armstrong piccolo Serial No. F6614- silver

 

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Behind the Scenes Look at an Entrepreneur...

Entrepreneur Jeff Hoffman (Priceline) spoke about how unsatisfying his one and only corporate job was. "They didn't appreciate my sense of sarcasm!" A sentiment I'm sure many of us can relate to. 

His thoughts on harvesting ideas...

1. learn one new thing each day

2. follow your curiosity

3. write down one sentence about what you learned

4. assemble the pieces of the puzzle

5. study things going on in the world around you

It sounds almost Zen...be open to where you are, be here, listen...

 

 

 

 

Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship

I had the wonderful opportunity to be a part of the Innovation Summit at Case Western Reserve University this week and it's fair to say that the hundreds of people there were challenged and stretched in many new directions.  All good!

The legendary Dr.Curt Carlson spoke on impact and how crucial experiential learning is. (He is the guy behind HDTV and Siri.)  He was a violinist first, and grew up with the discipline and work ethic of a classical musician. That educational skill set transferred into his accomplishments in physics, business, and that his role as an innovator, entrepreneur and educator. His whole package of strengths still goes back to the basics of how we learn as musicians, and if the entrepreneurs and start ups can follow this model (regardless of field) it is equally successful for them.