LHS Young Artist Makes Conducting Debut

Best wishes to Olivia for her conducting debut tonight at 7 pm at Baines MS! Olivia will be conducting the top Baines orchestra (Honors) and then performing in the orchestra (viola, first desk!). Olivia has also been chosen for a special duet performance this evening. Congratulations, Olivia!

Olivia – Conductor, Soloist, and Principal Violist !

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.

Evelyn Lam Presents March 2019 DMA Recital!

All are invited to live stream Evelyn Lam’s DMA recital this Thursday, March 21st at 8 pm CST (9 pm EST). Mobile users, click through in your browser to view the live stream link, program, and invitation. Join us in celebrating Evelyn’s amazing musical achievements!

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

 

Event Photos from the River Oaks Bookstore

It was amazing to meet everyone this past Saturday at the River Oaks Bookstore! We’re looking forward to hearing how everyone gets on reading Kids Aren’t Lazy: Developing Motivation & Talent Through Music! Mobile users, click through to view the photos from Saturday’s book signing. Stay tuned to hear about our upcoming spring events! Photos & Design: Albertine Wang

LHS Announces San Antonio Collaboration with Matthew Zerweck

We’re thrilled to announce an upcoming collaboration in San Antonio with violinist Matthew Zerweck. It’s a delight to work with Mr. Zerweck, an exceptionally well-respected performer and teacher, to bring principles from Kids Aren’t Lazy: Developing Motivation & Talent Through Music to San Antonio through our upcoming workshop and masterclass! Save the date for Saturday, March 9th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Steinway Piano Gallery. All are welcome to attend this free event. Mobile readers, click through to your browser find the details below.

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Violinist Matthew Zerweck

From Mr. Zerweck:

In San Antonio, one of the greatest challenges I’ve faced as a private teacher is effective parent education and culture building.
Until now, there hasn’t been an effective resource for parents seeking the very best for their children.

If we had a giant pre-college program where students took lessons and chamber music classes, or a prestigious non-profit music school, parents would get together and chat more about musical plans for their children, and best practices for motivation and development.
I’ve been recommending Lauren’s book highly, because I think it has the potential to help fill that gap in parent education (and it expresses current best-practices, staying far away from the shame-based approach many of us grew up with).

How do we deal with potential failures at recitals and competitions?
How can I best support my child in their musical journey?
Why am I supporting my child in their musical journey?
How can we better plan for the pitfalls of balancing a busy schedule?

These are topics that are important for any serious family investing time and energy into music lessons.

Lauren Haley Masterclass and Q & A Session

Saturday, March 9th, 2019

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Steinway Piano Gallery

1201 North Loop 1604 West, Suite 107, San Antonio, Texas 78258

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 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.

Kids Aren’t Lazy Now Available from Johnson String Instrument!

We’re thrilled to announce that Kids Aren’t Lazy: Developing Motivation & Talent Through Music is now available from Johnson String Instrument! It’s a huge honor to partner with Johnson String Instrument, one of the nation’s most respected sources for string instruments, sheet music, instrument repairs, and accessories. We’re excited to hear how JSI families pursue strategies from Kids Aren’t Lazy in their quests for musical excellence!

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Kids Aren’t Lazy: Developing Motivation & Talent Through Music (Photo: Albertine Wang)