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Music Education in Chesterfield County - Summer 2018

    This summer, while in Chesterfield County, I had the privilege to spend time and work with some extremely dedicated and talented music educators. Virginia has always been an intriguing place to me. Most musicians that I've met that have come from Virginia all the way to Texas have been world-class people, performers, and teachers. It was extremely refreshing to learn that several folks over there share many of my philosophies and appreciate the validation that comes from someone that lives halfway across the country and has a completely different education and pedagogical journey.

    The idea that a student-centric approach to marching band design, planning, and implementation is reassuring; it's not secret that I've been a little bit disenchanted about how band program are put together and run, but being over here makes me feel so much better. The students are set up to get everything they need to succeed, and because of that, I've noticed a huge change in just the short time I was there. A month isn't quite long enough to completely change a culture, but empowering the students to create their own environment in which to grow is almost always my goal. The students I taught at Clover Hill and L.C. Bird high school are really taking charge to make band a more fun and fulfilling experience for themselves and their peers joining them over the next couple of years. This was a special month!

    Many thanks to Marcus Grant, Buddy Deshler, Brianna Gatch, Mason Gatch, Vincent Guzman, and Charles Brown for working with me this month and showing the students that they are worth our time.

 

    I look forward to working in Chesterfield County next year!

 

Check out the progress these young folks have made!

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The Woodlands Chamber Music Project - First recital was a huge success!

    Hopefully by now you’ve heard; The Woodlands Chamber Music Project is off the ground! We had a super successful first outing on 19 May 2018. Around 30 people stopped by to sing, play, and listen to the musical offerings. We packed out Kidville wall to wall and and a wonderful time.

    I encourage you to join us on the third Saturday of each month as we explore different genres, eras, instruments, and ideas in this versatile and satisfying series. We welcome feedback and suggestions, and are always welcoming new contributors. If you’re a composer, a performer, artist, dancer, or simply a patron, we think you’ll love spending time with us for our intimate, accessible, and inexpensive programs.

    Please join us on Facebook at (https://m.facebook.com/groups/1740412986001783) or the Fan Page at (https://www.facebook.com/twchambermusic/). Also be on the lookout for a brand new Instagram account that you can follow to keep up with what we’ve done and what we’re doing (https://www.instagram.com/woodlandschambermusicproject/)!

We wouldn’t have been able to open our doors without help from the following people: Savannah Thomas, Robert Lewis, Brandon McDougal, Amanda Passamante, David Pham, Ben Miller, Daniel Burkeen, Nathan Mays, Daniel Porter, Deborah and Ralph Reavis, Geneva and Brian Minnear, and Rebecca Paddie. Each of these folks have contributed time, effort, and sometimes money to help get this project going.

    Don’t forget to save the date and your $2 for the following upcoming recitals!

16 June

21 July

18 August

15 September

20 October

Dates after these may change, but keep an eye on the Facebook page for details

Episode 6 - Marissa Stubbe

Marissa and I sit outside and discuss things such as theatre, training, some good shows, and of course (and obviously) joy nuggets! We're huge comedy fans, so you hear a bit of that in the conversation, but she has some nice insight about how it is working with musicians and being around music, but not being a 'professional musician' (what does that mean, anyway?). It was a good time in a lovely, albeit sneezy place in Houston. 

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Episode 3 - Stephenie Sofield

John is privileged to sit down with the lovely Stephenie Sofield to talk (remotely) a little bit about indoor and a lot about music therapy! She's awesome!

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Stephenie is a Board-Certified Music Therapist at the Atlantic County Women’s Center in Linwood, New Jersey. She graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor's of Music in Music Theory, flute concentration, and is currently completing her Master’s in Music Therapy at Ohio University. She is actively involved in music therapy advocacy and field research. She has presented her work at the 2016 Great-Lakes Regional Conference of the American Music Therapy Association and the 2016 Mid-Atlantic PASSAGES Conference for Music Therapy Students; she will also present at the upcoming 2017 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference of the American Music Therapy Association. She was a recipient of the 2016 Jenny Shinn Memorial Award for academic and service excellence in the field of music therapy.  Stephenie also has extensive performance and teaching experience in the community, university, drum corps, and winter guard settings.

Stephenie is a Board-Certified Music Therapist at the Atlantic County Women’s Center in Linwood, New Jersey. She graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor's of Music in Music Theory, flute concentration, and is currently completing her Master’s in Music Therapy at Ohio University. She is actively involved in music therapy advocacy and field research. She has presented her work at the 2016 Great-Lakes Regional Conference of the American Music Therapy Association and the 2016 Mid-Atlantic PASSAGES Conference for Music Therapy Students; she will also present at the upcoming 2017 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference of the American Music Therapy Association. She was a recipient of the 2016 Jenny Shinn Memorial Award for academic and service excellence in the field of music therapy.  Stephenie also has extensive performance and teaching experience in the community, university, drum corps, and winter guard settings.

Music In Our World! - Episode 1: Heather Woitena - 20 January 2017

Guys I'm super excited to present our first episode! The audio quality isn't exactly perfect, but the rest of them will be much better. Heather and I have a fun talk about harp, chamber music, gigging, and other musical things! I had originally planned to have a new episode every week, but for now, I'm going to stick to the twice-a-month approach, especially while I'm getting settled in and waiting to find out where I'm going to school in the fall. Please let me know if you have any comments or questions, and enjoy episode 1!

Pieces we talked about in the episode:

Hindemith Harp Sonata - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYtoWC7Jguk

Impromptu by Fauré - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYSeRGzk_nU

Heather's Bio:

Heather Woitena was born and raised in Pasadena, Texas. She began playing the harp at the age of eleven in fifth grade at the instigation of her music elementary school teacher. She earned her Bachelor of Music in Music Performance at Sam Houston State University, and she studied under Paula Page, the former harpist of the Houston Symphony. Following graduation in 2015, she performed with the Talis Festival & Academy in Saas-Fee, Switzerland and moved to Indiana to work as the Alumni Relations Coordinator for the MasterWorks Festival in 2015 and 2016. Heather is continuing her work with musicologist Dr. Sheryl Murphy-Manley to publish a catalogue of works for twentieth-century composer Newton Strandberg, and she is currently working as a freelance harpist and teacher in Houston, Texas.