Congratulations to violin student Joaquin Moreno, who placed 3rd along with two others in the Great Composers Global Competition for Best Handel Performance, 2nd Edition (2018), representing Peru/USA, and string players!
"It's one of the characteristics of a leader that he not doubt for one moment the capacity of the people he's leading to realize whatever he's dreaming...A conductor depends for his power on his ability to make other people powerful...My job is to awaken possibility in other people." - Benjamin Zander
"I am a man first, an artist second. My first obligation is to the welfare of my fellow man. I will endeavour to meet this obligation through music, since it transcends language, politics and national boundaries." - Pablo Casals
"The point is, art never stopped a war and got anybody a job. That was never its function. Art cannot change events. But it can change people. It can affect people so that they are changed...because people are changed by art-enriched, ennobled, encouraged-they then act in a way that may affect the course of events...by the way they vote, they behave, the way they think." - Leonard Bernstein
"Being a conductor is kind of a hybrid profession because most fundamentally, it is being someone who is a coach, a trainer, an editor, a director." - Michael Tilson Thomas
"Education does not change the world. Education changes people. People change the world." - Paulo Freire
"...One person, acting out of the power of his or her deepest convictions, can change the world." - Sharif Abdullah
"Hear all of the notes, all of the time...Be the music." - Markand Thakar