The November-December 2014 issue of Harp Column goes to print this week! We think you are going to love Nancy Lendrim’s feature interview with Paula Page, who just retired from her 30-year career as principal harpist with the Houston Symphony.
“The world is changing so quickly and for me it was really pretty simple,” says Page, who talks about the challenges today’s harpists face entering the job market. “I knew I wanted to play in an orchestra, and I worked really hard and took auditions and was very fortunate to have an orchestra career. It’s not that simple anymore, and there’s certainly a lot more competition, a lot more gifted people out there.” Read more in the interview about about Page’s career, her philosophy on teaching, and her relationship with mentor Alice Chalifoux.
Have you ever wondered what would happen if you didn’t have a teacher to report to each week? This scenario probably either has happened to you or will happen to you at some point in your studies. Leaving the nest may be a scary thought, but it can also be liberating if you embrace the idea. Angela Schwarzkopf talks about how in her feature article Leave the Nest.
Are you a fitness phobic? It’s easy to let trips to the gym take a back seat when the stress of performance preparation looms. But working in some workout time could actually help to improve your focus and control nerves on stage. Jaymee Haefner takes a step-by-step look at getting both physically and mentally in shape in Work Out Stage Stress.
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