Playing Your Music

Tonight I went to watch a friend perform the Sibelius Violin Concerto. It was a full house, and she was beyond fantastic. What struck me the most about her playing though wasn’t how clean all the notes were but how she was able to interpret the music. The movement that was patterned after a dance … More Playing Your Music

Keep Trying

“Bernice, play this,” my violin teacher said (in case there are any other violinists reading this, it was Kreutzer etude #33). I started playing it, regularly starting and stopping to grimace at how bad I sounded, not to mention out of tune. I had been playing for about thirty seconds when my violin teacher stopped … More Keep Trying

Breaking Free 

“Bernice.” My violin teacher said, stopping me while playing in the middle of my lesson. “You need to realize something. You are no longer a beginner or even an intermediate player. You are very advanced. Therefore, you need to learn to practice like an advanced player. The way you practice has always worked for you, … More Breaking Free 

Respecting Ambassadors

A few months ago, I had the opportunity to be in the orchestra that played for an extremely well-known, extremely important, and extremely influential ambassador who visited the Philippines. The event was attended by millions and it remains one of the most memorable experiences I’ve had. But afterwards, I found myself thinking about all the … More Respecting Ambassadors