StringOvation- new online publication for string players

 

Ever find yourself wondering how to deal with stage parents? Or whether or not there were apps just for violinists? Or what sort of careers are available to you or your child as a musician?

Connolly Music has launched an online publication just for those of us who find ourselves consumed by all things strings- and those of us who are just starting out. Filled with tips and information about everything from learning the basics to who’s hot in the music industry now, String Ovation seems to be the resource we’ve all been waiting for.

StringOvation.com is devoted to music teachers, string musicians, and string music aficionados. Its mission is to help its readers deepen their knowledge and expertise as musicians as well as their appreciation of string music.”

Why we love it: lists of current string musicians who are “keeping it cool”, tools for inspiring students to keep with it, practical tips on things like string-shopping, instrument insurance, career options and the science of violins.

Spotify Playlists from the Stars

Ever wondered what Rihanna, Kacey Musgraves, and Snoop Dogg listen to on Spotify? Here are some famous musicians’ playlists!

 

 

Kurt Masur’s Legacy at the New York Philharmonic

Kurt Masur, music director of the New York Philharmonic from 1991 to 2002, died on Saturday at the age of 88.

 

 

NPR wrote a beautiful tribute to Masur, detailing the way he “rebuilt” the New York Phil in the 90s into one of America’s leading orchestras after a period of bad reviews and lackluster performances.

The article quotes Alan Gilbert, the current music director and son of musicians who played under Masur:

” ‘Masur’s years at the New York Philharmonic represent one of its golden eras, in which music-making was infused with commitment and devotion — with the belief in the power of music to bring humanity closer together,” Gilbert said in a statement provided by the orchestra. “The ethical and moral dimensions that he brought to his conducting are still palpable in the musicians’ playing, and I, along with the Philharmonic’s audiences, have much to thank him for. I will always be grateful for the support he gave me starting long ago when I was a student. I will miss him deeply.’ ”

 

Read the full article here.

Need some music recommendations?

Here’s a list of 34 popular musicians from all over the world.

Is Streaming Good for Musicians?

Spotify

Taylor Swift’s abrupt removal of all of her songs from Spotify sparked a debate this week on the New York Times website–to stream or not to stream? Is the trend good or bad for musicians, and how does it impact the music industry in general?

Read the NY Times discussion here.