Robinson’s Remedies – Lip Renew – the best lip product EVER

Happy new year and welcome to 2018!

Since it is Thursday, I’m going to celebrate #ThrowbackThursday and take you on a trip back to my 2017 Christmas gig experience. So on Christmas Eve I played an hour concert and then an hour Mass – ending with the Hallelujah chorus at 1:45 AM. Ouch! Then I got home at 3 or so and woke up at 6:30 to play an 8 am service, followed by services at 9, 10:30, 12, and 1:15. Ouch!!

Honestly, I was never one of those people that had chops of steel and I really was more of one of those people always worrying about my face. I used to use lots of stuff on my lips from brands we have all heard of but then I discovered Robinson’s Remedies Lip Renew. One of my colleagues sent me a sample and it completely blew me away – so thank you again Irvin for sending it my way when I was so clearly in need!!!

I have been trying to find the best way to talk about this amazing product because it has saved me countless times but then after all of the Christmas gigs it really blew me away.

I had never had the experience of performing with so little sleep so I was definitely tired and it was a bit of a challenge mentally to stay focused and positive throughout the many services. As the services went on I could feel how tired I was physically – my body felt slow and sluggish and don’t even get me started on how my lips felt! Some of you may have seen my posts on instagram or Facebook about Robinson’s Remedies but it really is a magical product that feels like **endurance in a tube**. It honestly totally saved my face during those gigs and it was a striking comparison to how I felt on that gig last year. In the past, that marathon of church gigs would kill my face so much that I knew I had to take a day off the following day, ice my lips, and frankly – it worried me that I would be that tired. But in between some of the services last week, I put Robinson’s Remedies Lip Renew on my lips and the outer muscles and I honestly felt perfectly fine. It relieved any soreness in my lips and made them less swollen and everything felt easier to play. My lips were totally fine the next day and it didn’t feel like I had a marathon of gigs the day before AT ALL.

 

Fellow freelancers – I have to say this stuff has totally changed the game for me. On a week where it seems like everything is happening at the same time, from rehearsals, to teaching, to gigs – Robinson’s Remedies helps me get my lips back to a relaxed flexible state and eliminates any tiredness from playing too much.

 

I honestly was never one to play with chapstick or anything else on my face. I always thought it was uncomfortable and felt like it disturbed my embouchure. But one of the best parts about Robinson’s Remedies Lip Renew is that you can put it on your lips, wait a second for it to sink in, and then get back to playing – without it getting in your way or in your mouthpiece (ew lol).

 

So — what do you think? Do you want a product that will help you play better by helping your lips feel less fatigued and overworked? Need a last minute miracle to save you when your chops feel like s&*#? I have samples!!  I would love to mail you a sample of this amazing product so please feel free to contact me if you are interested.

 

If I have fully convinced you and you are ready to purchase some for yourself and other brass friends then check it out here and let me know how it is working for you! I would never feel comfortable sharing about just any product but Lip Renew has helped me so much and I sincerely hope you find it as amazing as I do!

Five Things I learned Making my First Album “As I Am”

—- originally posted on Brass Chicks on November 11th, 2017 —-

Alright – I’ve been saving this post for a little while but now it is officially time since my album came out this week on Tuesday November 7th. Throughout the whole process of making my album, I have learned so much while making “As I Am” and a lot of people have asked me great questions about the process so I thought it would be great to organize my thoughts into a blog post.

First: for those of you that don’t know me too well: here is a super quick background 🙂 A little over a year ago, I wanted to pick some rep for a recital and found a couple great pieces by women composers. Rather than doing another recital, I knew that I would be graduating with my Masters in May and I thought that an album featuring music by women composers would be a great thing to graduate with…. so here we are! I commissioned about half of the composers featured on the album and found the rest of the pieces on my own. I also crowdfunded about 80% of the costs for the album which was unbelievably helpful. The album would not have been possible without those contributions so if you were one of the 150+ people who helped make the album possible, thank you so much!!

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Here’s a formal description:

As I Am is my debut album featuring new music for trumpet by women composers. This album includes a wide range of contemporary trumpet playing, from lyrical melodic lines to improvisation to extended techniques. The album includes music for solo trumpet, flugelhorn, trumpet with electronics, trumpet and piano, trumpet + electronics + harp, and flute + violin. As I Am presents music by Alexandra Gardner, Ariel Marx. Jennifer Higdon, Jessica Rudman, Jinhee Han, Ledah Finck, Nicole Piunno, and Kate Amrine. 

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Five Books to Revamp your Mindset and Motivate you on the Path to Success

Here’s another repost of a post I wrote for Brass Chicks last Friday. Enjoy!

As a teacher and a performer, I love reading books about performance psychology and business. Anything that challenges me to reevaluate ways I’ve been thinking and design smarter habits is great for both me and my students. I’ve been thinking for a while about which books I would choose for this post and it was actually been pretty difficult since there are so many great options. I decided to limit my choices to books that are not specifically about music but are still extremely relevant to musicians.

 

1. It’s Not How Good You Are, It‘s How Good You Want To Be, by Paul Arden

41PKj+kB6BL._SX337_BO1,204,203,200_I have been reading this book for years since my parents gave it to me in high school and it is a great book for any creative person with goals in mind. We have all heard the story about the tortoise and the hare – about how persistent hard work will always prevail far beyond raw talent – but it is true!

One of the parts I enjoyed most about this book was its easy to read format; some pages even only had one sentence! Large print and easy legibility make the potentially intimidating ideas this book addresses approachable. The book starts out with these three sentences: “Nearly all rich and powerful people are not notably talented, educated, charming or good – looking. They become rich and powerful by wanting to be rich and powerful. Your vision of where you want to be is the greatest asset you have.”

 

 

2. You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life, by Jen Sincero

51ypp1C+97L._SX315_BO1,204,203,200_This was one of the first books I read after finishing my Masters degree and, wow, was it helpful!!

Being in music school is a very self-critical experience that can be very overwhelming, even if it is always focused on positive improvement and support. It is so easy to compare ourselves to our mentors and other people around us that may have entirely different personal circumstances and situations. Remember, especially on social media, we only see the everyone’s highlight reel of all of the best things happening. I really liked how this book helped me change my thinking and was exactly the motivation I needed to read after finishing school. Sincero includes actionable steps in each chapter to reevaluate your beliefs and your actions – and she helps you refocus them. This book is great for throwing perceptions back in your face, helping you to face your strengths and work to improve your weaknesses.  Here’s a great quote: “Our entire experience on this planet is determined by how we choose to perceive our reality.”

3. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol Dweck

51FexyX8WQL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_This book is so great for teachers and students or anyone that is actively involved in learning. This book identifies the fixed mindset and the closed mindset. The fixed mindset is believing that your qualities are carved in stone – leading to urgently needing to prove yourself over and over. The growth mindset is believing that your basic qualities are things that you can change on your own over time. These different outlooks translate directly into your daily actions and reactions to situations. For those of us who teach, these ideas can frame how we interact with students and how our students and children interact with each other.

For example, what if you are an orchestral trombone player and you get called for a gig you usually play, but one of the pieces has a big featured jazz solo in it? As an orchestral player, jazz may not be your strong suit. So, if you have a fixed mindset, you may believe that this is a situation that will expose your lack of talent and end up labeling you as a failure because you couldn’t possibly improve in that area. You simply are not that kind of musician. If you have a growth mindset, however, then you will react to the situation with motivation, confronting the problem, and believing that your efforts will make a difference in your playing. Of course, we are not all black and white with one mindset 100% of the time. There are almost always things about ourselves that we can feel strongly that we can’t change. And yet, with hard work and awareness of your mindset, anything is possible.

4. Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual (for a Sexist Workplace), by Jessica Bennett

513dD03hR7L._SX373_BO1,204,203,200_Although this book is written for women in a typical business office structure, the way Bennett describes the difficulties women face in those situations feels all too familiar and relevant for musicians. Feminist Fight Club was a very quick read with a conversational tone and fun illustrations in the margins. This amusing style helps hammer some of the points home and makes a book that is primarily directed at people in business in a typical office environment much more relevant and applicable to freelance musicians.

For those who might worry that this book is just a complaining manifesto against men: don’t worry! The book is full of statistics, references from actual studies, quotes, and interviews that Bennett uses to back up her points. She outlines the problems that women face in the workforce by describing characters like the “Mansplainer” who condescendingly explains things to women who usually already know what the answer is. I am sure we have all experienced this. After illustrating each of these characters, Bennett describes ways to fight back and counter the behavior. She also includes problematic behavior that women sometimes display that unknowingly makes these stereotypes worse like the “Credit Defaulter” who upon receiving a compliment about a job well done will immediately respond, “Oh thank you, but I couldn’t have possibly done it without xyz” or will attribute recent success to luck or something else. Sound familiar? Of course it is important to be modest, but in a world where men are quick to point to their own innate qualities and skills it is important to take personal credit when deserved and value your own contributions!

5. The Slight Edge, by Jeff Olson

41hC5Pli3SL._SX332_BO1,204,203,200_I recently finished this book and I have to say, it has become my new favorite. In a way, The Slight Edge combines many of the ideas from the four previous books all into one. This book is about evaluating your everyday actions, thoughts, and decisions, and realizing how that all figures into your greater success (or failure). Olson identifies the power of the “slight edge” – the awareness of those daily choices – and how it can affect and impact all areas of your life. Here’s a great quote that summarizes many of the ideas he writes about: “Successful people do whatever it takes to get the job done, whether or not they feel like it.” This book has helped countless people, including myself, become happier and more productive, so check it out!

We hope that everyone has a happy holiday season and is gearing up for 2018 with excitement and motivation. Hopefully these books will help!

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Five Things to Keep in Mind When You are Stressed and Busy

Here’s another repost from Brass Chicks –  a timely post for the end of the semester and busy holiday season.

Hi fellow brass chicks! We didn’t forget it is Friday and hope you didn’t either! It is such a busy time of year with the holidays, school, and gigs and we certainly know things can get a little crazy. Hopefully this post will help 🙂

1. Perspective. 

This one may seem obvious but it is always important to keep in mind that many of the stressful things that we are worrying about may often be “first world problems” that not everyone has the pleasure of experiencing. For example, after a busy day of teaching and  playing, I walked into a cafe and ordered a small salad. The woman behind the counter yawned and apologized and I said, “Oh don’t worry, I am tired too.” But then she asked if I get to sit down at my job, because she was tired after standing all day – and as a musician, most of the time we are sitting so I definitely didn’t have anything to say back.

2. Be Grateful

This is very similar to keeping your perspective in mind when in the face of “first world problems” but more related to simply appreciating everything that you have. Do you have food, a place to live, family, friends, and something you are passionate about? That is a lot more than some people and certainly something to be grateful for.

3. Appreciate where you are and what you have done

Especially in stressful times, it can be easy to lose track of your own personal accomplishments and truly appreciate and recognize everything that you have done. We are getting increasingly closer to the end of 2017 and I’m sure there are some amazing things that have happened that you can be proud of. Make a list and look at it whenever you need an extra boost! This is even more helpful for times when you feel like you are treading water and not moving forward in ways that you may like.

4. Look forward to something in the future.

Many of my students just finished midterms and are now preparing for finals. Some of them have holiday concerts. I personally have many gigs coming up – many of which all seem to be on top of each other and can make maintaining a healthy sleep schedule difficult. One of my mentors recently told me to keep this in mind recently and it is super helpful as a motivating goal to get through a long day or a long rehearsal. And it can be anything from getting to sleep in tomorrow (yeah!), having ice cream at home after the gig, or planning a vacation next year. Always treat yo self and give yourself something to look forward to!

5. Self Care

It seems like we talk about this a lot here on the Brass Chicks but it is super important! Beyond the usual eating well and taking care of your body and mind, when you have a free moment – evaluate your schedule. Do you really need to take on that extra opportunity? Do you really have time to do that other project? Is your time better spent getting a head start on your work or going out with friends? Sometimes the answer might not what you think but make sure to always pay attention to what your body and mind need!

My debut album “As I Am”

I just made an album. I am so excited to share it with you!

—this album features new music for trumpet by women composers—-

 

Sound interesting? You can read a formal description and buy the album HERE.

Would love to hear what you think!

 


A little over a year ago, in August 2016, I wanted to pick some rep for a recital and found a couple great pieces by women composers. I remembered hearing from a teacher at a summer festival about his CD prep (thanks Paul!!) and thought to myself…. hey why don’t I make a CD this year! I didn’t know too much about the process of making a CD and wow I have certainly learned a lot this year. (Will write a post on that later so stay tuned!)

 

 

 

 

So the first thing I did – was I picked the music!  My friend Jinhee Han was already writing a solo for me so I knew that would go on there. I asked my friend Ariel Marx to write a piece. My friend Ledah Finck also wrote a piece for me and flutist Louna Dekker-Vargas which also appears on their album — which you can check out here. My new friend Nicole Piunno and I met through instagram, I met Jessica Rudman after working on her piece and then performing at the Women Composer’s Festival. I was drawn to Alex Gardner‘s piece after reading about the unique instrumentation for trumpet, harp, and electronics and later learned we knew many of the same people in Baltimore through my time at Peabody. Lastly, a former teacher suggested I check out Jennifer Higdon‘s piece for trumpet and piano and I was drawn to it because it is also a piece for voice so the words are beautiful. So for about a year I had those 7 pieces that I was excited about and the title As I Am in the back of my head for the album.

 

But I felt something was missing.

 

So In September I decided to write myself a piece for the album for solo flugelhorn, entitled “As I Am.” To me, this piece has a sweet sort of longing, almost pleading, for someone to “take me as I am.” The whole album in a way is this same sort of gesture and reaction – although in a more positive way. Recordings are always snapshots in time and this is a great representation of me as an artist and composer – after finishing school and entering full time into the freelance life.

I’ve already started planning my next album but for now, it feels so great to say hello world! this is me at 25 years old, done with school, and living the dream in NYC

 

As I Am.

 

 

Five Resources for Audition Season

Here’s another repost from Brass Chicks from my post on September 1st. We are approaching the beginning of the semester and the beginning of the freelancing season! I hope you have all had a great summer and are now gearing up for something exciting this year. Maybe that might include an audition! Here are five resources that might be helpful to you this year and beyond throughout your audition path – whether it is a school placement audition or your first orchestral audition.

 

1. Bulletproof MusicianI know this website has been mentioned before on Brass Chicks but Noa Kageyama does a great job at outlining many helpful tips related to performance anxiety, music, and mindset. This article includes tips for future auditions related to your preparation beforehand.

2. Audition Hacker – This is a great website that addresses many aspects of audition preparation – from practicing tips to concerns about what happens during the audition. Check out the articles here.

3. Crushing Classical Podcast featuring Denise Tryon – Denise Tryon (former Fourth Horn of the Philadelphia Orchestra) is a master of the low horn and orchestra auditions. This interview describes her audition path and includes several helpful tips! Denise Tryon also runs an audition workshop to help students prepare with mock auditions, masterclasses, lectures and more. Check that out also!

4. Angela Beeching’s blog. Angela’s blog is so incredibly helpful on a wide range of topics including performing, speaking, marketing, and networking. Since the earlier points in this post are more about the physical aspects of playing and how/what to prepare, I knew a post on how to boost productivity would be super helpful to make sure we all stay on track in our preparation.

5. Find out what it’s like on the other side of the table — the panel! If you know someone in the organization, you might be able to find out an extra tip or two about what they could be looking for. Set up a mock audition with friends and alternate who is on the panel taking notes. You will learn SO much from being on the other side of it. Here’s a very interesting interview featuring Maxine Kwok-Adams – 1st violinist (I know, I know…this is Brass Chicks) in the London Symphony Orchestra. This interview with Maxine describes what it is like from her point of view on the panel – everything from what they may be looking for, common mistakes, and other tips.

Happy practicing and audition preparation 🙂 Got any other good audition tips? Reach out to us on our Facebook page and let us know. We would love to hear from you!

Five Tips for a Productive Practice Session

This is another repost from Brass Chicks from August 4th. I hope to write more helpful posts like these. Let me know if you like it!

 

Here are my five tips for a productive practice session! And the best part? These are all things you can do away from your instrument 🙂 I have done my fair share of traveling, touring, and various things where getting physical time on the instrument can be difficult. Maybe you are tired from a string of gigs or a summer festival but know you still have material you need to work on. Some of these things you can do instead of a practice session or can take place before and during a session. See what works for YOU! So here we go:

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Brass Chicks: Five Reasons Why I am happy to create and be a part of this community

Here is a post I originally wrote back on July 21st for my blog Brass Chicks. Brass Chicks is a blog celebrating the women’s brass community through interviews, news, and providing a space for fellow Brass Chicks to their their stories. We started a series called Five Things Friday for the blog so I am reposting some of my Five Things posts here.


 

I am so excited to create the Brass Chicks community and have the opportunity to showcase incredible stories and musicians. In addition to guest posts and interviews, there will be a variety of other posts – some themed and some not.

Announcing our new series called Five Things Friday!

This new series of posts will allow for many other guests to contribute and highlight their own individual perspectives. The list format is also a little different than our other posts so it may be easier to catch up with Brass Chicks related news on the go!

For this first Five Things Friday post – I wanted to share 5 reasons that I am happy to be involved in the Brass Chicks community and why this project is so important.

1. Awareness

I am currently on tour with an orchestra in Japan and on our flight the other trumpet player and I realized one of our flight attendants just started learning trumpet in Japan. We invited her to our concert and she said she would try to attend. Here is a picture we took together:

IMG_6128She told us that her teacher in Japan told her that due to her body structure and gender that lip slurs and other techniques would be very challenging for her. This was unbelievably shocking to hear for many reasons and we were quick to inform her that this wasn’t accurate information. She was surprised to learn that there are so many female brass players who are doing incredible things and hopefully this gave her a different perspective moving forward. This blog is for her and anyone else who may be in a situation where exposure to these powerful perspectives from women in the brass community can be extremely transformative.

2. Network

Even though I live in NYC (the center of the universe 😃) I realize that there are many other perspectives and stories worth sharing from all parts of the world. We can learn so much from everyone and I hope that Brass Chicks can be helpful in facilitating this process. So far Brass Chicks has been viewed in over 10 countries which is unbelievably exciting!

3. Inspiration

When I was younger, I didn’t realize how many inspiring women brass players were out in the world doing incredible things. I didn’t realize how many different ways there were to make a living as a musician. I hope that Brass Chicks can provide some inspiration to younger musicians – at a time when it can be most valuable.

4. News

There are a few other organizations that are great for brass related news – and our monthly theme is after all, the International Women’s Brass Conference, so we are very thankful for this organization and others. We hope that we can provide a space for updates and announcements in the women’s brass community – everything from upcoming CD releases to performances and more. If you have news to share – please reach out to us! We will post a monthly news update and we would love to feature your project.

5. Passion

I love bringing people together – especially those with like-minded interests. It is an incredible opportunity to be at the forefront of Brass Chicks and create content to benefit the women’s brass community. I feel so lucky to interview some of my favorite people and feature them on our site. I hope that through Brass Chicks we can continue to positively impact the women’s brass community and create a more diverse and supportive musical environment.

Leading a Warmup and presenting a Recital at the IWBC

Two weeks ago, I was very fortunate to lead a warmup class and present a recital at the International Women’s Brass Conference in New Jersey. This was my first time at a brass conference specifically focused on women and it was an amazing experience to be surrounded by so many great players.

 

The warmup class began at 8 am on Thursday June 9th. I chose to make it a combined warmup and mindfulness session, titling it “How to Start your Day on a Positive Leap for Success” We went through many typical warmup class activities, from mouthpiece buzzing, lip bends, Stamp exercises, and lips slurs yet we also touched on many important concepts away from our instruments. These included health and stretching, improvising, the importance of establishing a daily routine, and how to structure daily sessions to address weaknesses and best prepare for a varied day of playing. It was so exciting to have a mix of trumpet and French horn players in the room but most importantly, over 10 people showed up to warm up on their instrument at 8 o’clock in the morning. Inspiring!

 

On June 10th at 10 am, I presented my recital in the Boyd Recital Hall. Here is my program:

Kate Amrine – Anx
Jessica Rudman – Elegy
Nicole Piunno – Monterey Letters
Jennifer Higdon – Trumpet Songs (movements To Home and Threaded)
Jinhee Han – Yaygara

 

It was so nice to have another opportunity to perform selections from my upcoming CD, featuring music by women composers. This recital was particularly exciting also because it was the second performance of my own composition Anx. I am starting to compose more and this piece has served as a great opener for me in various recitals. It is exciting to delve further into composition and stay tuned for more on my future projects involving my own pieces!

 

I had a great time attending other presentations and recitals at the International Women’s Brass Conference but especially enjoyed the evening concerts. I heard the Athena Brass Band, Ashley Hall, Diva Jazz Orchestra, and Seraph Brass. I also really enjoyed the workshop on Alexander Technique and the Entrepreneurship Panel. While most of the workshops seemed more relevant for older musicians, throughout the conference I kept thinking how great this experience would have been for me and for younger students – especially those who may not have as much diverse representation in their own communities. To be able to see such strong extremely talented and successful musicians together in one place – who happen to be women – is especially inspiring and motivating, at any age.

 

Please check out these lovely videos of the concerts if you weren’t able to attend!

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=international+womens+brass+conference+2017

CD Interview 5: Jin Hee Han

This post is the fifth in the series of mini interviews I am doing with all of the composers and  performers featured on my upcoming CD. Find out more information about that project and how YOU can help me make it happen here: http://bit.ly/2negR1Z

There are also some clips from a live performance in this video so please have a listen 🙂

 

So far I have introduced two composers who wrote unaccompanied pieces (Nicole Piunno, Jessica Gardner), two composers who wrote pieces with electronics(Alexandra Gardner, Ariel Marx), two performers that make up The Witches (Ledah Finck and Louna Dekker-Vargas), and two other performers: harpist Peggy Houng and pianist Borah Han. I am very excited to present the last interview I will be doing for this CD – composer Jin Hee Han.

 

How did you first get into music?

I need to bring a short story of my mom first. My mom was always fascinated by Art and Music. Ever since she was young she had dreamed for arts loved the word Jin Hee, which is often referenced for Arts. Unfortunately her circumstances didn’t allow her to pursue the dream for music and always was burden in her heart. To remember the arts instead of signing with her name she always signed JinHee. For this reason, my mom had desired her daughter to have artistic gifts. So, even though I already had a given name from my grand parents, my mom named me as ‘Jin hee’. The story of how my name was decided would tell you and myself being composer was my destiny. My first experience of music was obviously from my mom. She used to bring me classical concerts and music conservatory since I was at age4, which was started my piano lesson. She loved to have a mini concert at home whenever friends and family visited us. However, I haven’t thought about being a composer when I was young. One day, influence of Christianity in belief lead me to decide to be a composer who is able to conduct every instrument with my own imagination, and I’ve started composed music at age 17.

 

What was your inspiration for this piece?

First of all, I was inspired by the sound color of trumpet itself, which is very strait forward instrument, and has great possibilities to explore unique timbres. At the same time, I was sure about that trumpet is enough to express my story. While I was considering writing a trumpet solo piece, I had a dramatic experience, which was related to terror in Turkey. So, I immediately thought that my story and trumpet would be fit perfectly to putting together on one piece.

 

What is new /exciting/ upcoming for you / currently working on?

I just got done with a string orchestra piece in Ukraine, and I have upcoming performance of a work is called, ‘Wounded dragon for violin and 8-string guitar, which I never tried before, and another performance of a piece for flute and harp so far. Also, I’m planning a concert by woman musicians in NYC in the first half of this year.

 
Who are your inspiring women heroes? Musical or not, and why?

I would say my first college composition teacher, Sunhee Cho. She is a very passionate composer, a teacher, a mentor, a friend, and a mom. (She recently became widow.) Most important of her life philosophy is love. As I described her, her personality and life are very respectful by not only me but also her students and every work place. Throughout her life, fifty-six years now, no matter what kinds of situations are happening, she never gave up as living a composer and raising her pupils primarily, and love people, and take care her family and friends so well. This figure of my teacher became my role model as a composer and human being. Her love toward me convicted me to be better person and musician! I’m still in a great relationship with her and doing concerts together sometimes although we live in different countries. I’m so blessed to meet with her in my life.

 

What do you think we can do to change the music culture to be more inclusive of women and other less visibly prominent composers and performers?

Since I’ve been living in the US over for ten years, I’ve meet gifted musician and composers, who have not known visibly prominent. I believe that building the musical culture has lead by not only for the small amount of artists, but also music lovers, audiences, music educators, lots of passionate performers and composers. Also, women have powerful personality to grow our society including music field. While I was at Mannes, I found a small women-supporting group for the reason that I felt women musicians still had inequality so that I could start to share opportunity with other women composers primarily through creating concerts series. One important thing that I realized was doing together is strong movement to change something. However it takes time to be changed the music culture, but if we stick together for what we are passionate for, then I am sure we can change the music culture.

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