Musical Musings

Conversation Corners in the Cafe

Christian classical musicians hold a unique, small slice in the pie graph of this world. Breathing with both halves of our brain, we’re in a labyrinth of technique, mathematics, acoustics, emotions, our hearts and souls, as well as a million other circuits.

 

These musings are springboards in seeking the Lord’s ways to navigate the maze.

Café Jubalatte will be offering different conversations, adding new musings regularly.

 

We welcome your thoughts!

“Let me understand the teaching of your precepts; then I will meditate on your wonders."   Psalm 119:27

April 11, 2020

THE GREAT WORK OF GRATITUDE

Musicians, staff, and crew alike should never contemplate deep things, much less the state of their anxiety, during what we call “tech week” in the opera industry. Usually this entails several long rehearsals in a row for everyone. Sometimes...

March 7, 2020

COLORS SEEMED BRIGHTER

Music has been a part of my life since a very young age. In kindergarten, teachers discovered some musical talent in me and I started study on the piano sometime in the first grade. I started the bassoon in the 4th grade. In the midst of all that...

February 11, 2020

WALKING THIS PATH TOGETHER

I am writing from Thailand, where I have come to conduct the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra several times per year over the last 5 years. The first time I came, after the first rehearsal, a member of the orchestra came up to me and asked, “Yo...

November 26, 2019

“Song of Thanksgiving to the Deity from a convalescent in the Lydian mode.” Beethoven wrote very little extra-musical comments in his score. Yet, he penned these words of thanksgiving to God before the 3rd movement, Molto Adagio, from his Quartet no. 15 in A minor, op....

October 31, 2019

Courage to Chart a New Course

  from Patrick Kavanaugh's Spiritual Moments with the Great Composers, 1995, Zondervan

  (image, courtesy of Waldomiguez, Pixabay)  

Cavalli? Is it a type of pasta?

Wrong! Pier Franceso Cavalli was a seventeenth-century Venetian composer...

September 27, 2019

                     This photo was taken after Patrick conducted my Schumann Concerto,

                                                       (performed with the TENS unit)....

August 12, 2019

 Constance Fee is an opera singer and Director of Vocal Studies at Robert Wesleyan College

I learned from my parents that my life on the stage began before I was born.  My mother was a professional singer and was performing until just before I arrived.  Music was a cons...

July 20, 2019

Preoccupation

First of all, I would like to extend immense gratitude to my friend and Sister in Christ, Barbara Kavanaugh, for encouraging me to write a “blog” about the intersection of the worlds of Christian and Classical Music. I took quite a while to settle on a top...

June 14, 2019

Vivian, you began your adult life as a professional musician…

V: After graduating from the Cleveland Institute of Music (French horn), I freelanced in the Cleveland area. Also, I performed and traveled as a member of a professional brass quintet.

Music is very much a par...

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