Creativity Versus Competition

Creativity Versus Competition

When you go to work, make your art or go about your business, there are so many reasons to do a good job. Keeping your word, having a good reputation and being consistent are a few reasons. But even deeper than that, I think there are two main places people come from when they create a project: creativity, or competition.

A National Youth Orchestra of the World  |  属于世界的青少年交响乐团

A National Youth Orchestra of the World | 属于世界的青少年交响乐团

The applications for the first National Youth Orchestra of China are in and the selected members of the orchestra have been notified! These one hundred young musicians will soon embark on the adventure of a lifetime as they work with the world’s best musicians, perform in Carnegie Hall and across China, and make history. The quality and diversity of the applicant pool serves as enthusiastic evidence of how rapidly classical music is currently developing in China.

From the managing editor…

From the managing editor…

The latter part of September perpetually hosts the first day of fall—a time of moderating weather, heavier work schedules and looking ahead. During one’s teens, 20s and even 30s, this annual period typically seems full of hours and days, its farewell comfortably in the distance. Yet into the 40s and 50s, those selfsame hours appear ever briefer, ever more precious. As much as the numbers themselves do not change, our perception of them moves ever faster.

Spam, a punchline, a roof-tile: The nature of aphorism in Lera Auerbach’s ‘Excess Of Being’

Spam, a punchline, a roof-tile: The nature of aphorism in Lera Auerbach’s ‘Excess Of Being’

You’re at home after work when your college friend calls you--her boyfriend just broke up with her. She didn’t see it coming. Everything was going fine, when out of nowhere, a letter showed up on her doormat; he’s had a change of heart and doesn’t think they should continue. She sobs; her voice shakes; you tell her you’re on your way.

The woman who inspired “Discovery,” Therese Stark Renz

The woman who inspired “Discovery,” Therese Stark Renz

This week I finished the first painting in a new series. This series is inspired by extraordinary women throughout history whose stories are compelling. I wanted to center around women that most people have never heard of: who are not household names, but whose acts of bravery, and contributions to society have made a great impact or are amazing to think of. My goal with this series is to awaken the part of the viewer that is brave or has greatness within, and inspire them to greater heights.