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Author: Emily Wright

Lonely Cello

While purists snipe and decry their very existence as folly, the fact remains that there are legions of solitary cellists out there. Perhaps you, gentle reader, are one yourself. Some folks choose to live far from populations centers where music instructors and community groups abound. Some players experience tremendous anxiety even thinking about playing for or with others. Others have schedules that make it next to impossible to coordinate with conventional avenues of instruction and participating in ensembles, and of course, there is a pandemic raging as I write this, causing in-person music making and lessons complicated, if not...

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send me your problems!

Everyone has reacted to the changes brought about by covid-19 differently. Many of my musical colleagues have become prolifically creative; the sudden confinement and lack of performance outlets funneling their energies into new compositions and inventive self-accompanied recordings. I, on the other hand, have felt quiet and reflective: my Popper practice in particular has become a sacred ritual as the dreams of founding a music camp for adult learners have been put on hold. Things are still moving forward. Filings are being made. Boards of directors, slowly chosen. Names, signed on applications. In the meantime, I thought it might...

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next stop: Geneva

Geneva, New York is situated at the top of one of the famous Finger Lakes, so named because, well, look at the picture below. Zooming in a little further, Geneva (named for its resemblance to the one in Switzerland) is parked right at the north end of Seneca Lake, about an hour from Syracuse to the east and Rochester to the north and west. My hope is to have a nonprofit set up in the next month or two, and an advisory group of interested and experienced folks to counsel me on next steps and best practices for the...

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