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Writing Stories in Music

Monday, February 17, 2020

SHAR is collaborating with black artists in the string instrument community for Black History Month! Every Monday in February, expect a new blog post featuring black artists' first-hand perspective of various aspects of the music industry. This week,…

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Introducing The Entrepreneurial Artist, Part II

Monday, February 10, 2020

This is a continuation of last week's blog post, Introducing The Entrepreneurial Artist, Part Iand includes excerpts from Aaron Dworkin's new book, The Entrepreneurial Artist: Lessons from Highly Successful Creatives, now available for pre-sale!

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Introducing The Entrepreneurial Artist, Part I

Monday, February 03, 2020

SHAR is collaborating with black artists in the string instrument community for Black History Month! Every Monday in February, expect a new blog post featuring black artists' first-hand perspective of various aspects of the music industry. This week…

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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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How to Bring Music into Your Busy Life

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

There are more people who miss playing music than there are people who actually do play music. There are countless reasons for not going back to playing, including fear, lack of time, bad memories from childhood experiences, not knowing others who may…

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Practical Passion: How an Independent Artist Took Charge of His Own Career

Monday, June 04, 2018

Practical Passion: How an Independent Artist Took Charge of His Own Career

 

 “. . . as much as I know what lights me up inside, I also know that the future will look different from what I plan.” With these words, violinist Rebecca Fischer offered us…

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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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What Does It Take to Be A 21st Century Musician? A Discussion With Formosa Quartet

Friday, February 16, 2018

About a decade ago, perhaps in a masterclass during my undergrad as a violin performance major, I recall the discussion of what was required to be a violinist in the 21st Century. Something about the very wide range of technique needed to perform…

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From Rat Meat to Crystal Springs: 15 Years of Formosa Quartet

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Last month, in the inaugural article for SHAR's blog series, "The Lives of Artists . . . In Their Own Words", New York City concert violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins explained how her career blossomed when she decided to "follow her bliss". Once Kelly…

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Violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins: Following Her Bliss

Thursday, January 25, 2018

New York City concert violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins, by any measure, enjoys a fulfilling and rewarding career. From her busy solo touring schedule, to serving as concertmaster for some of Broadway’s biggest shows, to her recording work, including her…

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