Kids are incredibly capable…..especially given the chance and the opportunity. I often am reminded of how fortunate I am to be doing what I do – which is both being an artist, and working with kids, university students, and teachers in engagement with the arts. As such, I am privileged and I witness to young people’s capability on nearly a daily basis.
I recently attended the season finale of the San Diego Youth Symphony, which featured Andy Leu, Young Artist in Residence for the university center I run called Center ARTES. This was Andy’s last performance with the orchestra before going off to college. He is however, for anyone who reads this and living in southern CA, going to perform Sunday June 14th at 6:00, at the magnificent Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad CA.
The orchestra concert was amazing and to see kids perform with such dedication, feeling, passion, technique, and finesse is inspiring. No doubt these kids are fortunate to have a dedicated and talented conductor, Jeff Edmonds, who pushes them, inspires them, and supports them. They also have parents who have encouraged and supported them, as well as probably had a few arguments related to practice time!
Having returned energized by the orchestra, I am able to expand on my last week’s blog focus that described the teaching and encouragement of passion in children as a must. In one of those serendipity moments that occur fairly naturally when our eyes remain open, I was fortunate to connect a talented, passionate, and kind-hearted actor, Kim Rhodes to Carol Channing and Harry Kullijian. Anyone reading this blog with children in elementary school will immediately know this actor, for she plays Carey Martin, the mom to Zack and Cody, on the Suite Life of Zack and Cody. What they don’t know is her deep commitment to kids and their pursuit of an education. Read the rest of this entry »