Pianist Hugh Sung shares stories, songs, and interviews with musicians from a wide variety of genres, including Classical, Folk, Rock, Jazz, and beyond.
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Temple Music Prep
Temple University’s Music Preparatory Division, or “Temple Music Prep” for short, is a program located in the heart of center city, Philadelphia, that provides high quality, non-credit music and dance instruction, and related activities to the Community on behalf of the Boyer College of Music and Dance, and Temple University at-large.
World-renowned violinists Sarah Chang and Elena Urioste, as well as several members of the Philadelphia Orchestra share something in common: they were all participants of Temple Music Prep. I also started my own professional career right after graduating from Curtis as a theory teacher and chamber music coach at Temple Music Prep. To this day, I’m not sure who had more fun in my theory classes - the kids jumping up and down on the shaving cream staff lines I painted on the floor or the parents laughing outside my class! Anyway, I digress. This month, Temple Music Prep will be celebrating 30 years of excellence with a series of performances featuring students from their Center for Gifted Young Musicians, culminating in a gala concert on Saturday, May 13, 7:30 PM at the Church of the Holy Trinity on Rittenhouse Square.
Before we visit some of the amazing students and teachers at Temple Music Prep, I want to point out that Temple Music Prep provides quality music and dance instruction to everyone at all ages and ability levels, from their early childhood and Suzuki programs to adult classes and community ensembles. In fact, some of the students we will listen to started participating at Temple Music Prep when they were toddlers themselves.
Links Temple Music Prep's website: http://www.temple.edu/boyer/community/music-prep/
Temple Music Prep's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TempleMusicPrep
FESTIVAL OF YOUNG MUSICIANS
Friday, May 5– Saturday, May 13, 2017
All performances are free and open to the public
Friday, May 5 7:30 PM Chamber Players Orchestra Ensembles Concert Featuring members of the Chamber Players Orchestra - Temple University, Rock Hall 1715 North Broad Street Lot parking: Liacouras Center Garage - Fee required. Located at 15th St. and Montgomery Ave. (Enter from either 15th St. or Sydenham St.)
Saturday, May 6 4:00 PM Youth Harp Ensemble Concert Featuring the Temple Music Prep Youth Harp Ensemble, Manijéh Pickard, Acting Director - Temple University, Rock Hall (See May 5 for address and parking)
Friday, May 12 7:30 PM Showcase of Chamber Ensembles Featuring members of the Youth Chamber Orchestra, Charles Parker, Jr., Ensembles Coordinator - Church of the Holy Trinity Rittenhouse Square 1904 Walnut Street Parking options: Street parking, public garages
Saturday, May 13 2:00 PM Singular Strings: Large Ensembles in Performance Featuring Chamber Players Orchestra, Davyd Booth, Conductor; Baroque Players, Aaron Picht, Conductor - Church of the Holy Trinity Rittenhouse Square 1904 Walnut Street Parking options: Street parking, public garages Gala Concert
Saturday, May 13 7:30 PM Church of the Holy Trinity Rittenhouse Square 1904 Walnut Street Parking options: Street parking or public garages Featuring: Youth Chamber Orchestra Temple Music Prep Youth Harp Ensemble, Aaron Picht, Conductor with Elena Urioste and Paul Laria Guest violin soloists / YCO Alumni 2017 Inspiration Award Recipient Yumi Ninomiya Scott / Premiere of work by winner of the Boyer Composition Project Competition, Simeon Pate Church
Alumni of YCO You are invited to join the celebration by performing a special piece with the current YCO. Please call or email for details and music in advance.
Now available on iTunes – A Musical Feast: The Youth Chamber Orchestra in Concert – released on BCM&D Records.
To contact Temple Music Prep: Call: 215.204.1512
Jeff Russo, Composer, Songwriter, and founding member of Tonic
Jeff Russo was one of the two founding members of the rock band “Tonic”, perhaps best known for their number one hit in the 90s, “If You Could Only See”. Nowadays, Jeff is in demand as a TV and film composer, having scored music for hit shows like “Fargo”, “American Gothic”, and can currently be heard on the new FX Marvel series, “Legion”.
Welcome to A Musical Life. I’m Hugh Sung. Jeff Russo is a two-time GRAMMY® and Emmy-nominated musician who taught himself to play the guitar as a child before going on to become one of the founding members of the multi-platinum selling rock band, “Tonic”. Their debut album, “Lemon Parade”, posted three singles in the U.S. Mainstream rock Charts’ Top 10 back in 1996, with the song, “If You Could Only See,” rocketing to number one. Jeff is now a highly sought-after film and TV composer, having scored the music to the new show “Legion” based on Marvel’s mutant comic book characters and currently airing on FX. He’s currently working on the score to season 3 of the hit series, “Fargo”.
Links Jeff's Website: http://jeffrusso.com/
David Hart, Guitarist and Entrepreneur
David Hart is the developer of the G4 Guitar Method, a method based on his two decades of teaching and opening schools throughout Australia. David’s G4 method not only teaches students the 7 essential skills of guitar playing - it also teaches teachers how to become entrepreneurs and open their own schools, as evidenced by the 50 franchises of the G4 Guitar method around the world.
For most musicians, “sales” is a dirty word. “Art” and “business” are concepts that mix about as well as water and oil in their minds. But for David Hart, the business of music education is all about helping students succeed in becoming better players and teaching teachers essential entrepreneurial skills to grow and keep their student base. David himself learned to play the guitar in the early 1980's and spent many years performing on the Australian music scene in various cover bands as well as solo performances as a singer/songwriter. David discovered his passion for teaching at an early age, opening the first of several guitar schools in Australia back in 1987, and launching his G4 Guitar Method back in 2005. If you’re a music teacher struggling to find or retain your students, no matter what instrument or genre of music you’re in, you’re going to find this interview enlightening, inspiring, and practical.
Links David's G4 Guitar Method: http://g4guitarmethod.com/
Carol Jantsch, Principal Tubist of The Philadelphia Orchestra
Carol Jantsch became the first female tuba player to win a major symphony orchestra position while she was still a senior attending the University of Michigan back in 2006. In addition to her duties as principal tuba of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Carol has been active as a tuba soloist, appearing in recital and in concerto settings with orchestras and ensembles around the world, and now has started her own tuba cover band called “Tubular”.
Carol Jantsch is a stunning virtuoso musician, which is perhaps even more remarkable for the fact that she performs on an instrument that isn’t typically known for its virtuoso capabilities. As you’ll hear in this interview, Carol thrives on hearing folks exclaim, “I never knew the tuba could sound like that!” I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Carol after a reading rehearsal together, and learned that she is not only a musical virtuoso, but between her varied interests in ultimate frisbee, distance running, reading voraciously and writing her own solo and ensemble arrangements for her tuba cover band, “Tubular”, she is also a virtuoso in the art of living.
Links Carol's website: http://www.caroljantsch.com/
Tubular's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TubularBand/
Sara Davis Buechner
Sara Davis Buechner has been hailed by The New York Times for her “intelligence, integrity and all-encompassing technical prowess”. As one of the leading keyboard artists of our time, Sara has an active repertoire of over 100 piano concertos and has appeared with prominent orchestras all over the world. Sara was recently appointed to the piano faculty at Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance, in Philadelphia.
Sara Davis Buechner first came to prominence as David Buechner, winning the gold medal in the 1984 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, and a Bronze Medal in the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow. Incidentally, as a result of being the only medal winner to perform on a Yamaha piano at the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition, David was invited to tour Japan, and subsequently became the first American Yamaha artist. In 1998, David came out as Sara Davis Buechner, and underwent gender reassignment surgery in 2002. Now residing in Philadelphia, I had the opportunity to visit Sara for this interview at her new center city apartment.
Links Sara's website: http://saradavisbuechner.com/
Sam Rao, Developer of Practicia
Sam Rao is a multi-discipline musician, entrepreneur, and developer of Practicia, an innovative app platform that helps students and teachers make practicing more fun and productive. As a musician, Sam studied composition and conducting at Oberlin Conservatory and the Aspen Festival. As an entrepreneur, he co-founded his own music school which grew to be one of the largest in Northern Ohio.
Everyone knows that practice makes perfect, and no doubt you’ve heard the old adage, “how do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice”. Ah, but practicing a musical instrument can be the bane of any student and a frustrating topic for teachers and parents alike. I’ll confess, I hated practicing the piano as a kid (and I still hate it as a professional). It’s just one of those “necessary evils” that you have to suck up and do, just like eating your veggies or sticking to your exercise plan, right? As a music educator himself and the co-founder of one of the largest music schools in Northern Ohio, Sam understands the challenges of practicing well. As the CEO and founder of Practicia, he’s introducing a radical new approach to help students and teachers make practicing a musical instrument profoundly more productive and - dare I say - fun? - with some really interesting accountability and gamification tools.
Links Practicia website: http://www.practicia.com/
Link to App: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/practicia/id1023124296?mt=8
Explainer Promo Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1NTxIwsafQ&t=26s
Features Explained: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JPOJfbEZHY
Sam's email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A top musician interviewing other top musicians? Yes, please. Scroll through the list of episodes and you’ll appreciate the variety of guests and disciplines that are included. Hugh is an exceptional speaker and he facilitates the interview effortlessly and impeccably. He has a really cool ability to educate the listener about the guest’s facts in a concise manner, but then ask open-ended questions that allow the guest to speak freely and passionately about their life and music. Plus, the theme music is sweet.
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I really enjoy how Hugh draws out his guests. This is a marvelous resource! I get a marvelous glimpse into the minds of successful musicians. Thank you very much!