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!
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.
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!
From left to right: Molly, Kathryn, Daelyn, Anna, Kyle, Lauren
Molly and Daelyn speaking with their audience
Kathryn greets an audience member
Daelyn introduces herself to residents at Clayton Oaks
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 & Study, Psychology Education & Training, Gifted Students Education, Parent Participation in Education, Education Research, String Instruments, Baby & Toddler Parenting, Musical Instruments, Violins, and Music Techniques.
If you haven’t ordered your own copy yet, here’s a link! Kids Aren’t Lazy on Amazon.com: http://a.co/0braSwH
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!
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!
Catherine & Lizzie perform at the Sugar Land Art Center & Gallery
Even the tiniest violin needs to be exactly in tune!
Ms. Haley and Daelyn
All smiles after a group class
Ananya at Carnegie Hall!
Manasa and Manjunath performed at an event for the Fort Bend Women’s Shelter!
Congratulations on your new medal, Amanda!
Way to go, Catherine & Lizzie!
Ms. Haley with Dr. Donna Brink Fox (Eastman School of Music)
Ms. Haley and Irina Walters after Ms. Haley’s lecture and performance at ACS Egham International School
With great excitement, Lauren Haley Studios announces a new lesson space within the Sugar Land Art Center and Gallery! This energizing learning environment furthers the LHS vision for dynamic music education and performance.
Our partnership with the Sugar Land Art Center and Gallery, a non-profit 501c3 organization and Fort Bend Star Readers’ Choice Award 2016 Winner, presents fantastic opportunities for group lessons and performances as well as a dedicated space for private lessons. We’re thrilled for the growth this move will foster in our young musicians.
More information about the Sugar Land Art Center can be found online at http://www.sugarlandartcenter.org. Lessons at our new studio location will commence on August 1st, 2016!
Sugar Land Art Center and Gallery 104 Industrial Blvd. Suite Q, Studio #9 Sugar Land, TX 77478
I’m so happy to be back in town after an absolutely brilliant week at Juilliard’s Starling-Delay Symposium on Violin Studies. It’ll certainly take more than one post to pass along the wisdom shared by so many great violinists and colleagues, so let’s start off with one of my favorite events — Sarah Chang’s master class.
To begin the week, world-renowned soloist Sarah Chang offered not just her expert violinistic advice on major repertoire, but a prime example of positive teaching at the highest possible level. She frequently used questions to help students identify their individual musical intentions for each phrase, thereby giving students the confidence to present their own artistic interpretations with conviction. Meanwhile, her upbeat encouragement, quick humor, intelligent teaching process, and warm smile made her master class both a tutorial on technique and musicality as well as one on how to inspire your audience!
In talking about her own legendary teacher, the incomparable Dorothy Delay, Sarah Chang mentioned the importance of making disciplined learning fun. As one of the most skilled child prodigies in musical history, Sarah Chang still confessed to having watched an hour of TV after school every day — “Saved By the Bell!”