How to picture your audience (and no, it’s not in their underwear)

During my week with the Oregon Symphony, I was surrounded by 120 musicians onstage and 100 singers in the risers above. I could feel the exuberance and celebration resonating from the musicians all around me, overjoyed to be together again.

Back to Work!

Back to Work!

In the space of the next month, I will be performing onstage with the Oregon Symphony (Mahler Symphony No. 2! complete with masked chorus!), at Pacific University and The Old Church with Kevin Lefohn, the violinist from the Bodhi Trio,

Did my music help to heal her?

Did my music help to heal her?

Two nights ago, my Zoom window opened to an ICU unit in Hyderabad, India. A middle-aged woman lay on the bed, her breathing shallow and quick, eyes peacefully closed. Supplemental oxygen went into her nose, under sedation. She was to

Joy in the Guise of Hope

Joy in the Guise of Hope

As a teacher, my desire is to pass along the inspiration I feel, the knowledge I’ve gained. As I venture day by day into the gift of getting to know my true Self, I’m often challenged with how to present

Wonder what my new favorite word is?

Wonder what my new favorite word is?

It’s a simple word that opens up possibility. It’s a major part of inquiry based learning. It opens up the inner experience, which is key for developing an inside-out approach to whatever we do. The word is… There it is.

A Sine from God

A Sine from God

A sine wave, that is! Happy New Year everyone!! I’m giving talks next weekend for the Recharge: Health Global Retreat, and have been preparing by researching more on the healing power of music. One of the most intriguing things I’ve

The Shift from Fear to Love in Music and Education

Musicians have lost jobs, performances, and the joy of ensemble. But now that everything has been taken away from us, what more do we have to fear? This moment is an amazing opportunity to shift the direction of music.

6 Lessons from Falling on the Scree of Life

Last week I backpacked in Yosemite for 5 days with dear family friends. It was glorious beyond imagination. We went off-trail to Nelson Lake for 2 nights and then Cathedral Lake for another 2. The weather was perfect, and it

Claim the Gift of Opportunity

Claim the Gift of Opportunity

It’s almost August and I still have no idea if I’ll be returning to teach at 2 schools in September. Do I choose to see this as an obstacle or an opportunity? For too many years I have been stuck

Why Do Humans Hike?

Why Do Humans Hike?

My daughter and I took a beautiful 6-mile hike last weekend to Ramona Falls at the base of Mt. Hood. On the way, she asked, “Why do humans hike?” I said that we hike to satisfy our need as humans