Anabaptist Orchestra Camp 2017 (Vlog)

What?? Me doing a vlog? Yup. Okay, it’s my first published one, so bear with me. 🙂 I had fun doing it and I hope ya’ll enjoy it, too.

I recently attended the Anabaptist Orchestra Camp as  a “non-participating member” (i.e. I didn’t play in the orchestra). I enjoyed it thoroughly and came away very inspired. You can check out my photography post of the weekend here where I describe a lot more about the weekend! For now, let’s get on with the video:

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Anabaptist Orchestra Camp 2017 {Pictures}

Last weekend, I had the privilege of traveling to Elnora, Indiana for the Anabaptist Orchestra Camp (AOC). It was an incredibly inspiring, encouraging, and refreshing weekend both musically and spiritually. I came back a changed person. It was a blessing to see the passion and dedication in each person there at camp. Each person put forth their best for the benefit of others and the glory of God.

Some of the highlights were: listening to a live orchestra all day (seriously, what’s cooler? 😉 ), conversations with some of the wonderful people, good food (Thank you to all the hard working cooks!), funny jokes and stories from the conductors, meeting new people, sitting in the bleachers and analyzing the music (Don’t worry musicians, I wasn’t analyzing who was making all the mistakes… :D). Continue reading “Anabaptist Orchestra Camp 2017 {Pictures}”

The Face Smacking Truth About Life

Ever since the day I finally gave up, I’ve been living a little differently than before. In that the truth has truly set me free. But I’ve been trying to figure out the balance of what is living for myself, and what is living for God? Or, is there supposed to be a balance?

I’ve put a great deal of thought into it in the last while. How can I live to the fullest of myself for God?

Of course, God wasn’t hanging around laughing at my confusion. As a fact he plopped this bit of advice in my Google+ feed recently. Actually, it is part of a whole post, but this is the part that jumped out and hit me in the face.

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Musical Education: Is it Really Worth it? (Part 1)

I’m going to make this short, since I could probably discuss this topic for quite a long time. 🙂 So here’s the question: Is musical education really as worth it as some people make it out to be?I mean, look at all those natural prodigies out there that were amazing before a teacher ever touched them. If we can just find their little secret, we’ll be good to go, RIGHT?? UM…….. yes!… if you’re a prodigy. Okay, you get my line of thought.

Don’t think though, that you ‘re hopeless without a teacher. Never will I endorse that thought. I have now played piano for about 11 years. Four out of 10 of those years, my mom taught me how to read music and a few of the piano basics. The rest of the time, I taught myself. I got to mid-intermediate and then hit a speed bump. Hopelessly floundering around, I began toying around with the idea of canning this whole piano thing. The only thing that kept me going was the fact that I’m a hopeless music fanatic and knew I wouldn’t have been able to live without piano for more than several months. Continue reading “Musical Education: Is it Really Worth it? (Part 1)”

How a Musician’s Brain is Different

There’s an awful lot that goes into being a skilled musician… practice, practice, and more practice. Plus, there are the lessons that have to be counted in as well. Sometimes we musicians come to that desperate point where we feel that we will either determinedly keep on practicing and become skilled with that instrument (or voice), or trash the whole idea right then and there. Sometimes for me, the trashcan seems terribly tempting. Sound familiar? But wait! Before you choose to give up, there’s a bonus to being a musician! Creating music (in general) is scientifically proven to have a lot of benefits. Here is a cool little diagram originally shared by Sheet Music Plus on Google +.

Sound too amazing? Well then, good. Keep it up and good luck! 😉

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