‘Meet the Musicians’ Brown Bag Has the CSO Teaching

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As members of the Chautauqua community, it is important to share our lives with each other, according to Karen Lord-Powell, an eight-year member of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.

CSO musicians are contributing to this sentiment through a “Meet the CSO Musicians” Brown Bag at 12:15 p.m. July 29 at Smith Wilkes Hall.

The theme of the event will be “Passionate about Teaching,” said Lenelle Morse, a director-at-large of the CSO League, which hosts the Brown Bag events.

“Many of our musicians are extraordinary private teachers as well,” Morse said. “We will be delving into our personal teaching philosophies, techniques and backgrounds.”

Six CSO musicians will speak at the event. They teach at places including the University of Cincinnati-Conservatory of Music, University of Miami, Suzuki Music Institute of Dallas and Preparatory of Peabody Conservatory.

This “Meet the CSO Musicians” event will be violinist Lord-Powell’s first. However, she has been teaching for 20 years, both in a university setting as well as private lessons in her home.

“I’m looking forward to talking about another way that I and my colleagues share the love of what we do and another way that we practice our art,” Lord-Powell said.

With performing, you interact with a large group, Lord-Powell said. The musicians form a broad relationship with the audience. With teaching, the typical one-on-one format allows a new level of sharing and relationship building.

“You can see the results of your work more concretely,” Lord-Powell said.

Some teaching opportunities will be present at the event, Morse said, such as learning how to hold a bow properly by using a pencil as a prop.

The informal organization and audience-driven content serve as advantages of “Meet the CSO Musicians” Brown Bags, Lord-Powell said. A Q-and-A format allows attendees to have more say in how a program goes.

Lord-Powell said the event gives audience members a different way to connect with not just what the CSO does, but how they do it.

“It gives you the ability to possibly equip people more effectively with the desire for understanding,” Lord-Powell said.

Julia Mericle

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Julia Mericle is a journalism/mass communication and English student at St. Bonaventure University in the class of ’17. She is reporting on the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. Contact her at