|Christopher O'Riley: From the Top|
|Lara with (ridiculously talented) Grace Zhou|
- A musician who is aware of his/her role in society - From the Top does a beautiful job of training young artists to go out into schools and communities and work with their peers as "Arts Leaders", sharing their talents as arts advocates and educators
- A musician who thinks creatively, flexibly, and openly, and has an ongoing sense of the wide potential for making and sharing music;
- A musician who is prepared for the difficulties and realities ahead, with skills in career development, programming, outreach and education...
- A musician who knows that perceptions, goals and desires will constantly shift within the trajectory of a life in music, and that change is most of the process;
- A musician who is prepared for the bad times as well as the wonderful ones;
- A musician who knows that practicing is only the beginning, and that everything else we learn and do in life is what ultimately makes our music what it can be-
As a mentor to young people, there's nothing better than seeing growth happen, in real time. At times when I am confronting the puzzle of how to make the different pieces of my life fit into my one head, my one day, I realize how much it brings to me, every day.
Here's a lovely quote from a 2012 Mondavi Center Young Artists winner, soprano Anush Avetisyan:-->
Amen, I say."My experience with the Mondavi Center's Young artist competition was one that has shaped and inspired my future dreams as a singer, as a musician and as an active member of the community. Surrounded by passionate talents and nurturing leaders, this Young artist competition is truly a platform to express yourself and grow with those around you in the process. I will forever feel blessed to have had such an experience."
NPR's From the Top tapes live at the
Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Thursday October 25, at 8pm.