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Creative Strings is for musicians and music-lovers, especially violin, viola, and cello players, looking to live creatively, whether in your musical education, projects, music career, in the practice room, classroom, onstage, or on tour. Exploring intersections between creativity, music education, string playing, DIY music business, and culture, Creative Strings is a non-profit organization with a mission to support music education through outreach, summer conference, and online curriculum.

Creative Strings Podcast with Violinist Christian Howes Christian Howes

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    • 4.9 • 23 Ratings

Creative Strings is for musicians and music-lovers, especially violin, viola, and cello players, looking to live creatively, whether in your musical education, projects, music career, in the practice room, classroom, onstage, or on tour. Exploring intersections between creativity, music education, string playing, DIY music business, and culture, Creative Strings is a non-profit organization with a mission to support music education through outreach, summer conference, and online curriculum.

    Opportunities for Musicians to Thrive in the Health Space with Aaron Colverson

    Opportunities for Musicians to Thrive in the Health Space with Aaron Colverson

    In this episode, Chris talks to violinist and PhD-candidate Aaron Colverson about his musical journey and areas where musicians can impact the health space.



    00:00 Intro

    01:14 Opportunities for musicians in the health space

    04:55 Are there ways of getting involved in music in a therapeutic sense and get paid?

    10:19 How to get in touch with Aaron

    11:45 Road from performance to academia

    12:59 Moving to Kenya

    16:57 You have to spend the time to figure out who you are in the music space

    18:18 How does a musician afford a masters program

    19:29 Relationships are more important than a CV

    21:17 How have you matured in perspective?

    25:27 How can we feel comfortable enough with ourselves to keep asking for the gig?

    30:29 How can you overcome the pressure of comparing yourself to others?

    32:38 Reframing your approach

    37:23 Importance of empathy

    41:50 Identity introvert vs extrovert

    45:24 Closing

    • 47 min
    The Role of Artists in War; How One Ukrainian Violinist Copes & Supports His Country

    The Role of Artists in War; How One Ukrainian Violinist Copes & Supports His Country

    Violinist Kostia Lukyniuk shares his perspective from Ukraine.

    Find the full show notes here: https://christianhowes.com/2022/03/04/creative-strings-podcast-episode-49-the-role-of-artists-during-war-with-ukranian-violinist-kostia-lukyniuk/

    Ukrainian-born Kostia Lukyniuk is an accomplished soloist and chamber musician with a multi-genre approach to violin playing. He made his solo debut in 2009 with the Chernivtsi Philharmonic Orchestra after winning 1st Prize in the International Youth Music Competition. Since then, he has won various other musical competitions and performed concerts and solo recitals throughout his home country of Ukraine and neighboring countries Romania, Russia, and Czech Republic.

    Follow Kostia:

    https://www.kostiaviolin.com/

    Instagram: @kostia_violin

    TikTok: @kostiaviolin

    Facebook: @kostia.violin

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw1fK9mtTrQZX5JqWsqsNVQ

    Kostia asked that we provide this link for people around the world to support Ukraine: https://quip.com/SxBaALA94uQf/Ukraine-at-War 

    • 27 min
    Violin Pioneer Karen Briggs and the Music of Edgar Redmond.

    Violin Pioneer Karen Briggs and the Music of Edgar Redmond.

    In this special interview, the legendary pioneering violinist Karen Briggs shares how she has approached her incredible career- and there are so many great stories she shares.  Also, we’ll hear new recordings of music composed by Michael Redmond’s father, Edgar Redmond. Edgar Redmond was a composer ahead of his time who wrote Jazz and Blues for string ensembles plus rhythm section, as well as for full orchestra. Michael has commissioned these new recordings, some of which feature Karen Briggs as a soloist. And very importantly, orchestras and orchestra programs will want to buy this music to perform. 

    Additional Notes: Orchestral Suite, “Transition in Black” conducted by Zoltán Pad 

    Evidence & listing of Edgar Redmond having “Transition in Black” world premiered and performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra in 1973 at the Music Center in L.A. with Zubin Mehta as conductor: https://www.jstor.org/stable/1214466

    ASTA Article: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/000313137102100311 https://www.flashcardmachine.com/jazz4.html

    Transition in Black: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Hx3WlWHW-VRjthFATj9az5YX7VzktKCX/view?usp=sharing

    Edgar Redmond Supplemental Materials: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1E3hbQsOnSWbk2oh0XwDQvpb6VMl2ot2W/view?usp=sharing

    Website: https://www.edredmondmusic.com/

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Balancing Musical Goals and incorporating creativity in the Orchestra Classroom with Austin Scelzo

    Balancing Musical Goals and incorporating creativity in the Orchestra Classroom with Austin Scelzo

    How to teach more to your students without burning out? How to prioritize your own musical goals without sacrificing too much of your time.
    The key is a Flexible mindset and Creative strategies to get the balance you want.

    Austin Scelzo is an exemplar of a young person taking courageous steps in that direction- making moves in his music and career and contributing in huge ways to his communities along the way.

    Violinist and teacher Austin Scelzo talks with Chris about the innovations he made in the classroom, how he’s balanced his competing desires to be a teacher and performer, the transition from working for a school to working for himself, and how he’s taken on such a range of musical goals.

    • 51 min
    How to Become a More Confident & Happy Musician

    How to Become a More Confident & Happy Musician

    5 ways to help improve your relationship with music and the thing at the core of it all. Get my free masterclass at www.christianhowes.com/education

    • 15 min
    On Teaching Adult Students With Marlene Cruz Lozano

    On Teaching Adult Students With Marlene Cruz Lozano

    Join us with Guest Speaker and former Creative Strings Workshop participant Marlene Cruz Lozano as she talks about her new studio, Violin Bootcamp, which centers adult women violin students, their goals, and needs.

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

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23 Ratings

23 Ratings

Guemshciewislsn ,

Priceless Resource

The amount of wisdom that Chris and his guests spin out every episode is astonishing. I can listen to any episode three or four times and still have reason to come back to it.

MichaelNo ,

Insightful and inspiring

Insightful and inspiring interviews from professionals in the industry. Balances the creative with the buisness aspects. Highly recommended!

StringPlayer246 ,

This podcast rules!!

I love listening to these insightful interviews. They've been really helpful in working on my string playing and musical career. Can't recommend this enough!!

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