Tune in! University of Rochester Neilly Series Lecture with Lauren Haley

Hello everyone! Today I have the huge privilege of sharing my Neilly Lecture at the University of Rochester from Tuesday, February 11th. In one of the greatest joys of my career, Prof. Russell Peck (John Hall Deane Professor of English, University of Rochester) introduced me. I would have flown to Rochester for that honor alone! 

It was incredible to speak with musicians, professors, administrators, and teachers before and after the lecture. One band director introduced herself to me before the lecture and mentioned that she has been teaching band for 34 years. Of course, my immediate thought was, “my goodness, I’d love to listen to YOU here tonight too!”  

One thing that brings us together as teachers (regardless of whether we teach middle-school brass, conservatory violin, or collegiate physics!) is that deepening our understanding of Growth Obstacles (musical, technical, or academic challenges that, given appropriately, spur development) and Hindrance Obstacles (matters of circumstance that stall progress and strike students unevenly) helps students reach their highest goals. Last week really lit a fire under me to continue collaborating with performers, educators, and administrators in support of students and their families! 

There is the distinct feeling that Rochester is full of possibilities for becoming Ever Better. And yes, I’ll be carrying that spirit with me back to my Houston lessons! Together, we are persistent and resilient in our pursuit of self-betterment through collaboration, literature, music, theater, science, medicine, technology, and history. 

Many thanks to Dean Mary Ann Mavrinac (vice provost and Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Dean of the University of Rochester Libraries), Ashlee Huff, and Matt Cook for arranging this visit, and to the River Campus Libraries for hosting my trip.  

PS — How fitting that on the day of the lecture, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra performed for Rochester public school students! Note the school bus parked right by Eastman. 😉 When children see artistic paths and possibilities, it furthers their own voices and artistic potential. And yes, if you look closely, you’ll see that Eastman’s crosswalk features piano keys!

The Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY

WXXI Connections with Evan Dawson interviews Ms. Haley with Dr. Kathleen Baynes and Herbert Smith!

Hi everyone! I am absolutely thrilled to share this WXXI Rochester interview with you! It was an absolute treat to be on Connections with Evan Dawson on Tuesday along with Herbert Smith (RPO trumpet performer, teacher, and Eastman grad himself!) and Dr. Kathleen Baynes (M.D., child and adolescent psychiatrist, and director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Program at the University of Rochester Medical Center).

Dr. Kathleen Baynes, Lauren Haley, and Herbert Smith at WXXI
Photo credit: Robert J. Braden

As you’ll hear in our conversation, Herb’s enthusiasm for music bubbles over into literally EVERYTHING he says. Listening to Herb, you’ll definitely have an extra spring in your step when you head into the practice room! I would totally have been a trumpet player had Herb been my teacher. Come to think of it, maybe it’s not too late!

Dr. Kathleen Baynes’ warmth and her emphasis on helping families develop self-esteem and soft skills in young musicians made we want to reach across the table to give her a high-five every time she spoke. Y’all, I learned so much and just KNOW I’ll be quoting Dr. Baynes going forward! PS — She has two young musicians (ages 8 and 10) at home!

Evan Dawson, himself the father of an 8-year-old violinist (!) had the most relevant and insightful questions for us. He also highlighted a few favorite parts of #KidsArentLazy on the air! You can listen to our entire conversation here and tell me what ya think!

Many thanks to Dean Mary Ann Mavrinac (Vice Provost and Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Dean of the University of Rochester Libraries), Ashlee Huff, and Matt Cook at the UR, to Evan Dawson and Megan Mack at WXXI, and to Hebert Smith and Dr. Kathleen Baynes. Photo credit: Robert J. Braden

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Special Feature Interview in Voyage Houston Magazine!

Happy Spring, Everyone!

I’m thrilled to share with you my feature interview with Voyage Houston Magazine. I had so much fun collaborating with them on this inspiring piece! Click here to view Meet Trailblazer Lauren Haley – Voyage Houston Magazine. 

Speaking of interviews, check out Mind Over Finger and listen to Dr. Renée-Paule Gauthier’s latest podcast, which features renowned violist Michael Klotz! Both Dr. Gauthier and Mr. Klotz also studied with Zvi Zeitlin, and it’s an absolute delight to hear them reminisce and share their own wisdom as well! Two LHS students, Christian and Jordan, will be studying viola with Mr. Klotz this summer at the prestigious Josef Gingold Chamber Music Festival of Miami. Congratulations are also in order for LHS violinists Catherine and Elizabeth, who have also been accepted to the Josef Gingold Chamber Music Festival (at the age of 11!).

In other studio news, congratulations to Riya, Archana, Vivika, Neha, and Ananya on their successful March orchestra performance at Carnegie Hall! Special shout-out to Ananya for her concertmaster solo!

Washington, DC!

Thanks to Virtuosi of Houston for recognizing me (+ Kids Aren’t Lazy!) in the program at their Kennedy Center performance last week in Washington, DC ! It was a huge honor. A little background — before we moved to London, I was so fortunate to be Virtuosi Concertmaster here in Houston. Nathaniel (my cellist brother) and I were two founding members of the Virtuosi Quartet and loved performing with our Virtuosi mates in Jones Hall before Houston Symphony concerts. Performing in orchestras and chamber ensembles has always been such a huge part of me, and it’s so fun to see my own students fall in love with these pursuits too!

Thanks so much to Dr. Garrett Peel for hosting our trip! Jake and I found each event more spectacular than the last.

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The Kennedy Center !

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The flowers for each event were just out of this world!

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I just had to sneak a photo of this gorgeous table on Monday night!

Welcome Back, Sugar Strings Chamber Ensemble!

Welcome back, Sugar Strings! After their fabulous summer performances, the Sugar Strings are ready to begin rehearsals for their Fall/Winter 2018 Season and we’re excited to see what they have in store for us!

Photos by Damon Cross.

Kids Aren’t Lazy Reaches #1 Best Seller and Takes the #1 New Release Spot in TEN Amazon Categories!

We’re absolutely thrilled to post that on its second day of sales, Kids Aren’t Lazy: Developing Motivation & Talent Through Music (PDP, 2018) became a #1 Best Seller (see below) and reached the #1 New Release spot in TEN Amazon categories, including Music Instruction & StudyPsychology Education & TrainingGifted Students EducationParent Participation in Education, Education Research, String InstrumentsBaby & Toddler ParentingMusical InstrumentsViolins, and Music Techniques.

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LHS Young Musicians Accepted into AFA Summer Music Festival!

Congratulations to the following young musicians for successfully auditioning for and being accepted into AFA! We are so excited to have young musicians ranging from elementary school to middle and high school participating in both the MS and HS summer music programs. Well done, everyone!

Rohith, violin, 3rd grade

Jordan, viola, 10th grade

Kyle, violin, 6th grade

Morgan, viola, 6th grade

Ryder, viola, 7th grade

Catherine, violin, 5th grade

Elizabeth, violin, 5th grade

Zayn, viola, 6th grade

Tonight: Evelyn Lam’s DMA Recital

We’re so excited to remind you to tune in to Evelyn Lam’s Doctoral Degree Solo Recital, today at 7:00pm EST in Rochester, NY.

LHS families can watch the livestream (6:00pm CST) by following this link http://www.esm.rochester.edu/live/hatch and entering password maertSevil60!

Evelyn Lam, B.M., M.M., will perform with LHS young musicians in our next studio recital on Saturday, December 9th, 2017 at 6PM at the Virtuosi of Houston Studio.

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LHS Presents the 2017 Arts Résumé Workshop

LHS Presents

The 2017 Arts Résumé Workshop

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

2:00 – 3:00PM

Sugar Land Art Center & Gallery

Yellow Room

$35 Admission Per Student-Parent Team

Families should bring a laptop, charger, and records of the following accomplishments:

  • Awards, Honors, Scholarships
  • Region/All-State Participation
  • Solo & Ensemble
  • School Leadership Positions
  • Youth Orchestras
  • Summer Festivals
  • Chamber Music
  • Significant Performances & Venues
  • Teachers, Coaches, & Directors
  • Teaching & Paid Performance Experience

Students will leave with their completed current musical résumé and a template for adding future accomplishments.

Space is extremely limited. Spots are reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis. Interested parties should contact Ms. Haley directly to reserve their space.

LHS Welcomes 2017!

As we celebrate the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017 it’s wonderful to take a look back at the accomplishments of LHS students! As your teacher, I’m so honored to have the opportunity to work with all of you. In the past few months alone we’ve launched a new, larger studio space at the Sugar Land Art Center and Gallery, performed all over Houston, and celebrated recitals, competitions, auditions, academic awards, and youth orchestra performances. It’s so tremendously exciting to see everyone take on leadership positions in their school orchestras as well. Bravo, 2016, and here’s to starting 2017 off on the right note!