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
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.
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
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.
Kostia asked that we provide this link for people around the world to support Ukraine: https://quip.com/SxBaALA94uQf/Ukraine-at-War
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Insightful and inspiring
Insightful and inspiring interviews from professionals in the industry. Balances the creative with the buisness aspects. Highly recommended!
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!!