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“Black Mozart”: Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges

Monday, February 04, 2019

February is Black History Month, and SHAR wants to celebrate by honoring the legacies of renowned, yet underappreciated black composers and musicians. Each week, we will recognize and commemorate one composer who has made an impact on the musical…

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"The World of the String Quartet" from In the Key of Strawberry

Monday, October 15, 2018

Editor's Note: The following blog post originally appeared on Arnold Steinhardt's blog In the Key of Strawberry and is republished with permission. Steinhardt is the founding member of the Guarneri String Quartet and the author of two books: Violin…

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Introduction to Associated Chamber Music Players (ACMP)

Monday, May 14, 2018

SHAR is excited to announce a new partnership with Associated Chamber Music Players, encouraging everyone to experience the joys of playing chamber music while enjoying special benefits from SHAR. The following blog describes one violinist’s…

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The Love Life of Claude Debussy

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Amazon Prime recently released the pilot for a new series based on the book Mozart in the Jungle (watch here for free). So far, it's all about the bad behavior of classical musicians in New York (well, along with a charming underdog story). It looks…

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The Ultimate Guide to Composer Sanity and Aesthetic Taste

Monday, April 29, 2013

Ever wondered just how crazy and/or avant garde your favorite composer was? SHAR Apprentices James Engman and Josephine Llorente have put together this handy graph! It displays, on X and Y axes, the relative sanity and aesthetic taste of your…

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Choosing Music

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

We have a wonderful guest blog today from Kim Wren, the upright bassist for the indie-folk band Doug Mains & the City Folk. Ms. Wren has been a member of Doug Mains & the City Folk since 2010 and is currently a senior music education major at…

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A Violinist Plays Ugly

Thursday, September 06, 2012

I'm not sure how many of you all out there read Jeremy Eichler's profile in The New Yorker on the German violinist Christian Tetzloff. If you have, good on you. If you haven't, you should pick up a copy soon. Most likely the article – and Tetzlaff's…

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Mark O’Connor Has a Dream for American Violinists

Thursday, August 30, 2012

We'd like to welcome our newest SHAR Apprentice James Engman to the SHAR Music Blog! James studied violin performance, physics, and math at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and he hopes to use his degrees to excel in instrument repair. What we…

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Learning Jazz Violin? A Drummer Is a Jazz Violinist's Best Friend

Friday, August 24, 2012

Today's guest blog is from teacher and violinist Christian Howes. Mr. Howes shares some great advice for musicians: make friends with someone who, through their background or training or experience, has something to teach you. Often we gravitate…

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Response to "The Value of a Music Degree"

Monday, July 16, 2012

Guest Blogger Dee Braxton-Pellegrino owns a horse farm in NC and works as a professional musician. She’s sharing a blog in response to Alberta’s post "The Value of a Music Degree".

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