Ready for a Region Boost? Check out the LHS MS Region Tutorials in Collaboration with Cellist Mark Yee!

MS Region auditions are just around the corner and we’re so excited to give everyone an extra boost. We’ll be offering the FBISD Region 13 MS etude and scale performances and tutorials on violin and cello for 50% off this week only! Click HERE to access the videos through the LHS Vimeo site! Young musicians can rent the videos to rewatch at home an UNLIMITED number of times before Region auditions on November 2nd and 3rd.

LHS is thrilled to collaborate with cellist Mark Yee to create exceptional cello tutorials and performances for this year’s audition material! You can read all about Mark, a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music (B.M., Cello Performance) and Eastman School of Music (M.M. and Performer’s Certificate) at this link.

Best of luck to everyone for fabulous auditions again this year! Be sure to follow @LaurenHaleyStudios on Instagram for audition tips and to keep up with the latest studio news!

Rochester Cello Society and Hochstein School of Music and Dance Welcome Ms. Haley for October Workshop

The Rochester Cello Society and the Hochstein School of Music and Dance announce Strategies for Parents of Instrumentalists, a special event with Lauren Haley on Saturday, October 5th from 1:15 – 2:45 pm at the Hochstein School in Rochester, NY. All are welcome to attend this free workshop, which will include an intermission.

From Sandra Halleran, Founder of the Rochester Cello Society:

The Rochester Cello Society and the Hochstein School of Music and Dance welcome Lauren Haley, renown author of Kids Aren’t Lazy: Developing Motivation and Talent through Music. Lauren will give a session to Rochester’s parents of instrumentalists. Any parent who wants to learn strategies for supporting their young musician is welcome. Topics will include: the power of parents (and effective communication), developing practice routines that *really* stick, and helping young musicians and their families prepare for peak performance (competitions, auditions, etc!)

This workshop is FREE and will take place in the Hochstein Recital Hall.”

Tune in to KUHF 88.7 FM!

Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty

Tune in to 88.7 FM KUHF on Thursday, August 1st at 12 and 7 pm to hear Ms. Haley’s interview with Michael Hagerty for Houston Matters / Houston Public Media!

To learn more about Kids Aren’t Lazy: Developing Motivation & Talent Through Music, join violinist Gary Levinson (Senior Principal Associate Concertmaster, Dallas Symphony, and Artistic Director, Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth), pianist Baya Kakouberi (Artistic Director, Blue Candlelight Music Series, and Lauren Haley at Kawai Piano Gallery Houston on Saturday, August 3rd from 1 – 3 pm!

This masterclass and workshop is generously sponsored by Kawai Pianos and will be free and open to musical families (and teachers!) of all ages and instruments.

We are especially excited to welcome young musicians from Virtuosi of Houston to the masterclass for a special performance in collaboration with Baya Kakouberi! Many thanks to Karen Needham for facilitating Virtuosi’s performance.

LHS Featured on The Music Educator Podcast!

We’re delighted to share our recent collaboration with Greg Childress and The Music Educator Podcast! Mobile users, click through to your browser to view links and listen to Episode 14: The Power of Parents! The Music Educator Podcast is also available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

LHS Young Musicians Earn 23 Grade 1 Awards at Solo & Ensemble Competitions

Congratulations to LHS young musicians on last week’s stunning Solo & Ensemble performances! It’s thrilling to see everyone reach new levels of confidence and skill.

Special congratulations to players who performed Grade 1 pieces by memory. We look forward to their upcoming performances at State! We’re extra proud of everyone who competed in the ensemble category and earned an additional 1 there as well.

Studio News

We’re excited to announce that Fishburn Violin Shop will carry Kids Aren’t Lazy: Developing Motivation & Talent. Fishburn has shops in both The Woodlands and Tomball. We’re so happy to partner with them to make KAL available locally to more Texas families!

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Photo & Design: Albertine Wang (River Oaks Bookstore, 2 February 2019)

Congratulations to Ananya B. (Clements HS), who has won a concertmaster solo for her Clements HS orchestra performance at Carnegie Hall on Monday, March 11th! We’re thrilled for Ananya and wish her the best for a fabulous performance.

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Ananya in 2018 with her Outstanding Musicianship Award from Clements HS

Congratulations to Lauren H. for winning the J.S. Bach Musical Leadership Scholarship (a merit-based award) at Patrick Henry College in Washington, DC! Join us in celebrating Lauren at her upcoming senior recital on Saturday, April 13th.

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Lauren H. (blue dress) and the rest of the Sugar Strings in 2018

We’ll see everyone soon at the LHS Winter Showcase Concert at Virtuosi of Houston on Sunday, February 24th at 6:00 pm! We’re thrilled to welcome back pianist Evelyn Lam to collaborate with LHS young musicians. Performances will feature works by Bruch, Walton, Lalo, Schumann, Kabalevsky, and others, and will be followed by a special performance by Ms. Lam. All are invited to join us for a reception following the recital.

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LHS Collaborative Pianist & DMA Candidate (Eastman School of Music) Evelyn Lam

 

LHS Partners with Wu’s Fine Violins for Kids Aren’t Lazy!

Hey Sugar Land Families! We’re excited to partner with Wu’s Fine Violins to make Kids Aren’t Lazy: Developing Motivation & Talent Through Music (PDP, 2018) available at his string shop on Lexington Blvd. Mobile users, click through to your browser to view the details.

You can also pick up a copy of Kids Aren’t Lazy from Amati Violin Shop, Gold Violin ShopCardiff Violins, the River Oaks Bookstore, Johnson String Instrument, Carriage HouseBarnes & Noble, the Sugar Land Art Center & Gallery, and Amazon.

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Top Tips for Holiday Practice

With all the approaching excitement (is it Christmas yet?!), it can be a bit tricky to maintain musical momentum and get in that holiday practice! I’m delighted to share my recent article, Top Tips to Spur Musical Progress Over the Holidays, in collaboration with The Local Moms Network (Sugar Land).

Happy practicing, everyone!

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Christmas duets, anyone? Mini Nathan and Lauren. Minnesota, circa the early ’90s! 

LHS Young Musicians Shine!

We’re thrilled for everyone’s amazing performances this past Saturday at the LHS Evening of Chamber Music at the Virtuosi of Houston Studio! From Seitz to Lalo to Brahms (with a little bit of Twinkle!), LHS musicians performed both solo works and ensemble favorites.

As this semester comes to an end, we’re so excited to reflect on the leadership we’ve seen from LHS young musicians. From concertmaster solos (Jessica, Lizzie!) to principal viola solos (Jordan, Anika!), from coaching younger orchestras (Olivia, Jordan!) to leading ensemble performances in the community (Sugar Strings!), from being first chair (Morgan, Jessica, Jordan, Anika, Lizzie, Amanda, Christian…we’re surely missing a few young musicians in this list, let us know!), to performing in the Houston Youth Symphony (Christian, Archana, Catherine, Elizabeth!) from making region (LHS violinists/violists in ALL FOUR region orchestras!) to teaching lessons themselves (Molly, Lauren!), we have seen everyone grow tremendously.

This week, we send lots of luck to Seline (violin) and Dhruv (viola). Both are traveling to Chicago this week as members of the top orchestra at Austin HS. Dhruv and Seline will be performing in their orchestra at the Midwest Clinic. Have fun, guys!

LHS Studio Spotlight: Molly

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Molly H.

This week we’re speaking with Molly H. on what it took for her to make the top HS Region Orchestra (Symphony) just one year (!) after starting viola. Molly began playing the violin at age 6 and often leads The Sugar Strings in their performances around Sugar Land. In addition to playing violin and viola, Molly runs her own piano studio for young musicians.

You study three instruments in addition to your academic subjects! What’s your best piece of advice for other young musicians who want to pursue multiple areas of expertise? 
Enjoy it! Don’t let your music just become a grade or a requirement. I feel the most accomplished when I can share my skills and bring joy to others!

How do you balance nerves and confidence in auditions and performances? 
Before the region audition, I put positive affirmation statements on notecards, to tell myself I was prepared and would do well! At the audition, tried to block out all the other players and focus on being mentally prepared. At performances, I try to enjoy the music as much as I can and trust my muscle memory and all the hard work I put in!

Leading up to your audition, what was your practice schedule like?
When the music first came out, I made goals to have much of the music memorized fairly quickly. About a month from the audition, I increased my practicing to at least two hours a day. It was definitely challenging, but I found a drive within me. I had worked so hard, I couldn’t just give up! I knew that every minute I worked could be the difference of getting in or not.

Does your viola have a special story behind it? Tell us your favorite things about your instrument and why you chose it. 
I really like my viola’s rich tone and, since it is only 14 inches I can switch between violin and viola. It’s an antique made in 1893 and I enjoy thinking of all the people who have heard it played!

What new pieces are you looking forward to adding to your repertoire this year?
I am looking forward to adding both viola and violin peices this year! I am currently preparing Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata on my viola.