28 episodes

Is it Recess Yet? Confessions of a Former Child Prodigy is about concert violinist Tricia Park's years as a child prodigy and her quest to evolve beyond that identity. Get an insider’s look into the classical music world and listen to conversations with innovative artists who are forging new - and playful - paths into creativity.

Is it Recess Yet? Confessions of a Former Child Prodigy Tricia Park

    • Performing Arts
    • 5.0, 14 Ratings

Is it Recess Yet? Confessions of a Former Child Prodigy is about concert violinist Tricia Park's years as a child prodigy and her quest to evolve beyond that identity. Get an insider’s look into the classical music world and listen to conversations with innovative artists who are forging new - and playful - paths into creativity.

    Blair McMillen: "It's okay to be vulnerable." A chat with pianist Blair McMillen, about performance anxiety, perfectionism, and why process is more important than product.

    Blair McMillen: "It's okay to be vulnerable." A chat with pianist Blair McMillen, about performance anxiety, perfectionism, and why process is more important than product.

    In this conversation with pianist Blair McMillen, we discuss how to manage stage fright and performance anxiety; why being a part-time musician can be a healthy option; why we should talk openly about what a musician's life is really like; and why he wishes classical music could be more about process than product.

    • 48 min
    Sean Wang: "My quietness was misunderstood as an act of defiance." A chat with violinist, conductor, and scholar, Sean Wang, about the burden of assimilation, microaggressions, and the "bamboo ceiling" in classical music.

    Sean Wang: "My quietness was misunderstood as an act of defiance." A chat with violinist, conductor, and scholar, Sean Wang, about the burden of assimilation, microaggressions, and the "bamboo ceiling" in classical music.

    In this conversation with violinist, conductor, and scholar, Sean Wang, we discuss the implicit bias Asians experience in white culture; the burden of assimilation placed on immigrants to adjust their behaviors, customs, and personhood for the comfort of the dominant culture;  and why "it seems in order to get to the same place as white colleagues, an Asian has to work almost twice as hard."

    • 59 min
    Celia Hatton: “You have to speak up and take up space.” A chat with violist Celia Hatton about microaggressions, implicit bias, and institutional racism in classical music and beyond.

    Celia Hatton: “You have to speak up and take up space.” A chat with violist Celia Hatton about microaggressions, implicit bias, and institutional racism in classical music and beyond.

    In this conversation with violist Celia Hatton, we discuss racism, implicit bias and microaggressions; the illusion of meritocracy in classical music; beauty standards; institutional racism and white supremacy.

    • 1 hr
    Tricia Park performs "Ferdinand the Bull," the children's storybook classic, for solo violin and speaker (story by Munro Leaf and music by Alan Ridout).

    Tricia Park performs "Ferdinand the Bull," the children's storybook classic, for solo violin and speaker (story by Munro Leaf and music by Alan Ridout).

    Today's special episode features "Ferdinand the Bull" from the beloved children's book “The Story of Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf, illustrated by Robert Lawson. Tricia Park performs the version for solo violin and speaker, composed by Alan Ridout, which includes the original story of Ferdinand, a bull who would rather smell flowers than fight in bullfights.

    Praised by Gandhi, and Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, among many others, 30,000 copies of "Ferdinand" were published following the 1945 defeat of Nazi Germany during World War II and they were given out for free in order to encourage peace.

    This episode is dedicate to "J."

    • 11 min
    Dr. Nadine Kelly: "I am an eclectic, nerdy black woman who is a late bloomer." A chat with Dr. Nadine Kelly, retired pathologist and yoga instructor about leaving medicine to follow her happiness and why we need to be nicer to ourselves.

    Dr. Nadine Kelly: "I am an eclectic, nerdy black woman who is a late bloomer." A chat with Dr. Nadine Kelly, retired pathologist and yoga instructor about leaving medicine to follow her happiness and why we need to be nicer to ourselves.

    In this conversation with retired pathologist and yoga instructor, Dr. Nadine Kelly, we discuss how she decided to pivot from her career as a physician to becoming a yoga instructor who specializes in helping mature women; why it's important to learn to be comfortable with being uncomfortable; and why we need to be brave enough to be nice to ourselves.

    • 53 min
    Shannon Wilkinson: "You are valuable because you exist." A chat with life coach, Shannon Wilkinson, about when perfectionism becomes toxic; why "taking a breath" improves our ability to problem-solve; and why cultivating your creative courage may be the

    Shannon Wilkinson: "You are valuable because you exist." A chat with life coach, Shannon Wilkinson, about when perfectionism becomes toxic; why "taking a breath" improves our ability to problem-solve; and why cultivating your creative courage may be the

    In this conversation with life coach, Shannon Wilkinson, we discuss how we turn to perfectionism to protect ourselves and "stay in the tribe"; how perfectionists may be struggling acutely with the uncertainty of the pandemic; why "taking a breath" and making things "ridiculously easy" is crucial to opening up our ability to problem-solve; and why "play" and cultivating hobbies helps us open up to new possibilities and options. 

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

HopkinsSt ,

Great Podcast

Great content and guests! Out of all the many classical music podcasts this has definitely been one of my favorites. Is it great to hear from musicians who have had a somewhat unusual career path, and each episode I’ve listened so far has been eye opening. Thanks for creating this!

pianodroid ,

Love this!

As someone who is in the classical music world and also work with prodigies, this podcast gives me a great way to step back and examine what really goes/went on. In the world that showing weakness or having questions to this “chosen path” do not feel so welcome, this podcast gently but surely gives you the way into discussing the subjects - I highly recommend it!

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