A Gift Given

A Gift Given

I’m about to share something dearly close to my heart. On July 4th I led an all-star group of colleagues and former students in a concert celebrating Ananda’s 50th anniversary in California. As we played Life Is the Quest for

Music, the Heart, and Hope

Tuning my share of 150 elementary string players before their joint rehearsal the other day was the perfect opportunity to practice sharing kindness and love from a relaxed heart. It kept me calmly focused, and definitely helped me perceive one

Learning From Fear vs Learning From Love

Learning From Fear vs Learning From Love

Reading Gabrielle Bernstein’s The Universe Has Your Back on my way to North Carolina for my niece’s wedding last weekend, I had an idea that is changing me completely: What if I choose love instead of fear as my teacher? We’re here

The Choice to Survive or Thrive

When my daughter was born, I learned about FTT (failure to thrive), which refers to decelerated or arrested physical growth in infants. But how about decelerated or arrested spiritual growth? Am I thriving and happy? Am I growing? Or am I

Walking the Talk Amidst Crashing Worlds

I’m in the midst of a tumultuous situation that rips out my heart and stomps on it, with no easy solution in sight. It’s not important for you to know details, but I bet you’ve felt something like it in

Podcast published!

So grateful to be interviewed for The Mind Over Finger podcast series, with Dr. Renée-Paule Gauthier! Check out the podcast here: iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-mind-over-finger-podcast/id1434362490?mt=2 Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/reneepaule-gauthier/the-mind-over-finger-podcast Overcast: https://overcast.fm/itunes1434362490/the-mind-over-finger-podcast Podbean: https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/zy6ki-74073/The-Mind-Over-Finger-Podcast www.mindoverfinger.com The Mind Over Finger Podcast: Discussions on Mindful Music-making, Efficient Practice, and Building a Purposeful Career  

Music as a Message of Love

This week in the midst of teaching and performing, I had the rare experience of being overwhelmed by love. A love so powerful I could hardly breathe. Part of me wanted to run away from its overpowering presence, but the

Inspired Music – a Pathway to Higher Consciousness

I love the clean slate of January: a chance to set intentions and renew my sense of purpose. Fueled with energy to change the “old” by bringing in the “new,” I’m ready to clarify, expand, and uplift. For me, 2019 will

When the Heart Breaks Wide Open

Just a few weeks ago we skirted the edge of the Camp Fire’s devastation as we drove by Paradise, CA. Choking on the heavy smoke, we walked into the Target in Chico, passing mountainous piles of donations for those who had

A Call to Arms for Musicians of Light

A Call to Arms for Musicians of Light

I grew up in Pittsburgh. Yesterday’s attack hit me hard. My weekly cello lessons with Michael Lipman took place just blocks away from the synagogue. Again the question arises: what can I do in response? Last night at the Oregon Symphony,