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Rebecca Clarke: Wonderful Feeling of Potential Power

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

SHAR is continuing to celebrate Women's History Month this week by honoring Rebecca Clarke, a virtuoso and composer with a complicated past . Having faced many internal and external obstacles in her efforts to be recognized as a composer, the strides…

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Dame Ethel Smyth: Suffragette & Composer

Monday, March 11, 2019

SHAR is continuing to celebrate Women's History Month this week by honoring Dame Ethel Smyth, a glass-ceiling breaking composer and suffragette. Her determination and self-possession helped her achieve her goals in life despite the forces working…

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The Total Violinist

Friday, August 03, 2018

Most of us violinists (as well as violists, cellists and bassists) are our most comfortable in an orchestra setting. Of course, the music is fantastic, and usually very challenging to learn and play. But learn and play we do, after woodshedding our…

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COURAGE: STARTING FRESH, AGAIN AND AGAIN

Monday, March 05, 2018

Last month, writing for SHAR’s blog series, “The Lives of Artists . . . In Their Own Words”, Formosa Quartet violinist Jasmine Lin explained that being open to an unclear future is what enabled four individuals to coalesce into one ensemble fifteen…

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String Teachers: Students Need A Breakthrough? Part 3: Books for Practice and Motivation

Monday, September 25, 2017

As was mentioned in the first two parts of this series (featuring accessories for common left and right-hand problems), each student is different with different strengths and weaknesses, different commitment levels, and different motivations. For…

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