The Greatest Moments in Life

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Day Two of the Take a Stand Symposium is in the books. It was a day filled with research. We had the chance to hear from neuroscientists and social scientists who are conducting research of the effects of music on the brains and the social development of El Sistema musicians. It’s amazing to see scientists… Read more »


Take A Stand…Day 1

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Amazing first day at the Take a Stand Symposium in LA…kicked off with an inspiring opening address by Maestro Thomas Wilkins, Principal Conductor of the Hollywood Bowl, and finished with a stirring performance of Wagner by the LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl. And yes, I technically did get a #Dudamelfie. But I will keep… Read more »


Leaving and a Mission Moment

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I type this post as my plane begins its descent into LAX. It’s almost midnight back home; not quite 9:00 in California. Tomorrow morning, I’ll walk out of my hotel and head to the Walt Disney Concert Hall for the opening of the Take A Stand Festival. I know I should be brimming with excitement… Read more »


Take a Stand and a #Dudamelfie

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This evening I will hop a flight to Los Angeles to participate in the Take a Stand symposium with the LA Philharmonic. The symposium will “bring together leaders, teachers, and key stakeholders from around the world with a vested interest in the El Sistema movement and progressive practices in music education.” I can’t wait to share… Read more »


Passing the Torch

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On my first day as executive director of Kidznotes, I walked into my office and set my briefcase on my desk. That’s when I noticed a little sticky note:               I giggled. But I was also touched. I saved the note; strangely, I think it will become one of the… Read more »


#Twinning

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Keith Strombotne is our director of development. He and I work hand-in-hand every day. The fact is, if a development director and E.D. aren’t simpatico, both of their lives are going to be pretty rough, and the organization cannot thrive. Knowing this going into my interview with Kidznotes, I was prepared to grill Keith. It didn’t… Read more »


Small World

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We had a site visit from some wonderful partners at the Raleigh Summer Camp this afternoon. As we were making introductions, one of our guests asked me where I’m from. It’s a question I’ve come both to dread and to relish, as I’ve lived in more places than you can count on both hands. This… Read more »


The State of Flow

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For years my favorite TV show has been Jeopardy!. I’ve watched it religiously since I was about 12 years old. I remember bursting with pride and accomplishment when I could finally “beat” my dad at an episode. Although, to this day, Dad refuses to admit defeat. His favorite line is “Of course I knew that… Read more »


Coffee and Coaching

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I am a coffee fiend. Every morning I drink an entire french press pot of strong, dark coffee. This morning, though, when I left the house at 7:00, I wanted a little extra pick-me-up. On my way to an early meeting, I swung by Joe Van Gogh to snag some of their delicious house coffee (no… Read more »


Meet the Kids

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I rolled up to E.K. Powe Elementary School just after 8:00 AM. I’d been to the school several times before – my niece Louisa is a rising second grader at Powe – but today was different. Today was the first day of Kidznotes Summer Camp at E.K. Powe, and my first day as Kidznotes’ executive… Read more »