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Opportunities for This Hunkering Down Time

new! OUR SVNHM FACEBOOK PAGE for connecting with our members! It is a private page. Thanks, Gail Z Clarinet!

MANY musical groups and public radio/TV stations and other places are putting out live or pre-recorded concerts, demonstrations or other learning opportunities. Here a few that have been sent to us. I'm sure you can find something to tickle your fancy when you get tired of Facebook, TV, practicing and even the book you are reading! All of these links will open a new tab/page in your browser so that you can easily come back to this page.

New entries will be marked by new! and be marked as such for about a week. Check back often and email with additions!



new!Music For Life - The Story of New Horizons” by Rochester, NY's Public TV station WXXI. This is the story of the Eastman New Horizons groups done in 2014 and includes commentary from Roy Ernst. It's 1:23:00 long. Some of it is fundraising for PBS. Peter commented: “We had a lot of fun making it 5 years ago”.

new! Conn-Selmer (instrument maker) puts out useful teaching info; this one (2.5 min) is an Articulation Tip for brass and woodwinds, by Beth Fabrizio. It is aimed at teachers, but I think will be useful to our wind players.

new! And here is one on Jazz Improvisation by the great Jamie Abersold. (3.5 minutes)

new! The Breathing Gym and Mastery of Breathing. Breathing?? Everyone can breathe, but most of us do not breathe correctly to fill our wind instruments! Linda has done a bunch of research and work with the Breathing Gym, and Randy Kligerman, President of the Toronto NHB and flute player and a former board member of NHIMA (our parent organiztion - New Horizons International Music Association) wrote an article in 2018, available on the NHIMA website ( called the “Mastery of Breath Control”. In it he referred to the YouTube posting of “The Breathing Gym”. If you start now, you may be able to master the breathing exercises by the end of the pandemic.

BSO at HOME The Boston Symphony Orchestra is offering three possibilities. They say, " While our stages at Symphony Hall in Boston and the Linde Center at Tanglewood are temporarily silent, we're grateful to have the opportunity to continue sharing music with you during these unprecedented times through #BSOatHome. Tune in to our social media channels to receive daily offerings of great performances from the BSO archives, behind the scenes content and videos from our musicians as they stay at home."
The concerts are great, but the Behind the Scenes is a look at orchestra life at Symphony Hall and Tanglewood. Then there is BSO at Home: Musicians, where BSO musicians share what life is like offstage while they #stayathome. AND BSO Home School with video tutorials with BSO musicians made to support students and at-home learning. (As of March 24, most of this program is still in the works, but The Musicians - link above - is live with a video, BSO Associate Principal Bassoon Rick Ranti and Oboist Andrea Bonsignore share their favorite forms of #stayathome therapy. Learn more about the music they are playing, the at-home projects they are tackling, and the cookies they are baking!)

The Bulletproof Musician is a wonderful blog by Noa Kageyama (Linda has quoted from it and referenced it many times in her emails). The introduction to his blog is: "How performance psychology can help you beat nerves and perform your very best on stage. Because leaving is not usually an option..." (March 26, 3pm is a free, live Yoga for Musicians webinar. You need to register, but Mr Kageyama does not spam.)

"Exploring Music is an adventure — an expedition through the world of classical music. We pick a theme each week and follow the music wherever it leads us. Over the years we’ve explored Shakespeare and music, have followed the lives of many composers (a sort of five-part mini-series), and visited the music of various locales — Paris, Venice, Spain, Hungary, the Pacific Rim. Each five-episode program is a musical journey that focuses on a particular, genre, music festival, or classical theme. It’s a sort of Outward Bound for music, with Bill McGlaughlin as our guide to make sure we all get home safe and sound." The program originates at WFMT in Chicago, but is broadcast by many FM stations and a link is provided so you can see if it is available in your area. Even if it is not, many of these stations live stream their broadcasts, so you can pick a time that is convenient for you to listen. 

The Making of a Steinway, a video tour of the NY factory, narrated by John Steinway. (8:33 minutes)




new! An amazingly beautiful virtual rendition of Leonard Cohen's Halleluah by choir students of the Roedean School in South Africa. OMG... (4 minutes) I recommend listening via headphones or earbuds for maximum effect.

Rich TBone follows Toby Oft, tenor trombone from the BSO and says, "He is super talented and can sure hit the high register.  Take a look and listen to his rendition of Pure Imagination.  Listen with headphones....just awesome......"

A MUST WATCH!!!! Called, "From Us To You", the Rotterdam Philharmonic teamed up with a Dutch healthcare provider to film part of the Finale of Beethoven’s 9th (Ode to Joy) with all the musicians playing their parts by video from their homes. VERY moving!!! (4 minutes)

Not to be outdone, the musicians of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra present Aaron Copland's Applachian Spring from their homes. (4.5 minutes)

Jerusalem Street Orchestra playing Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (3:38 minutes)

There are many more of these popping up. Check the Self-Isolating Choirs and Orchestras page from Classical FM out of London for more.

Also, see the Acapella app in the app section below to see how YOU can create performances like this!! (Apple mobile devices only)


The Musicians of the Old Post Road have many wonderful educational/musical videos on their YouTube channel.

Here is the full performance of the clip I showed at the Conducting Seminar; Beethoven 9th Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, directed by Leonard Bernstein (1987). Notice Mr. Bernstein has the whole score memorized and does not use music. Watch all the different parts of his body that he uses to communicate to the players! (1:33:49)

For the next 4 weeks, WCRB (99.5 FM, part of WGBH public radio) is broadcasting a Boston Symphony Orchestra Concerts every Monday - Saturday evening, beginning at 8:00. The schedule of performances may be found on the WCRB website.

"In an effort to continue providing opera to its audience members, the Met Opera will host “Nightly Met Opera Streams” on its official website to audiences worldwide. These free streams will present encores of past performances from its famed Live in HD series. The encore presentations will begin at 7:30 p.m. EST each night on the company’s official website and will then be available for an additional 20 hours thereafter. Each showcase will also be viewable on the Met Opera on demand apps.

Boston Baroque is committed to providing solace during this difficult time and will be making its music available for streaming 24/7 on its website Boston Baroque Radio for free 24/7, along with over 30 videos on its YouTube channel.

Cambridge's Club Passim will be hosting live folk music streams to replace its canceled performance schedule. Live stream concerts will be free and available to anyone, but donations are welcome to help support musicians during this time.



Jammr Similar to JamKazam below, but a different tech approach. Still in beta form.

Acapella - an app to create things like the playing from home performances above, or to create duets or trios or more with friends (or even by yourself)! Works from your iPhone/iPad (sorry, if you don't have Apple mobile devices). One person plays his/her part and records it, then sends it on to the next person, who when finished, sends it to the third person (I think up to 9 people on the free version). Each time it is sent through the app and the app prepares it to receive the next person's part. When everyone finishes, you have a performance video of your piece! Here is a YouTube video of how to use it (4:42). new! And here is a supercool 1 minute video of Sharon Clarinet's son, Dennis Licthmann, playing an oldtime, folky quintet with himself - he calls it a "Quarantet".

JamKazam is another type of duet app/program. It is for playing with others in real time. Again, there is a free version and a subscription version. Here is a YouTube video showing how it works.

iRealPro (Jazz, pop, Latin, etc. iPhone, iPad, Android, Apple computer only) This app gives you a backup band to play along with. It has the chord changes for thousands of songs (if not on the app to begin with, may be downloaded from the forums) and you can add the chord changes for any song you wish. Info says it is also good for learning to play guitar, piano and uke. I haven't used it, but Dan TBone swears by it!


BLOGS on specfic INSTRUMENTS & MUSIC to Play for treble clef instruments. Looking for something new to play. Mary Beth Flute says, "I’ve found a lot of interesting music on the site. The site features a new tune each day, with everything from movements of classic works to simple folk songs.  There are solos, solos with accompaniment, duets, trios, etc.  You can browse the site by title, composer, category, instrumentation,  difficulty,  and key, and there is also a random tune key that will pop up something different each time you hit it. And for anyone tired of playing alone, the site has accompaniment sound tracks that can be adjusted for speed and transposed to be used with other instruments."

 Marguerite Levin's CLARINET blog. Marguerite teaches several of our students and has great ideas! She played flute (a secondary instrument for her) with SV for a while in the fall, helping her husband, David, with his clarinet work.

Clarinet Mentors is another great clarinet site by Michelle Anderson. It includes worksheets, lessons and videos and is highly recommended.

David Werden's Euphonium and Tuba site, Mr Werden, whois a euphonium player, has a very informative site with a blog, forum and articles for euphonium and tuba. (Most tuba players also teach euph and euph players teach tuba. Much is similar).



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