Yale music school performance hall. (Google public domain)
I decided it is time to restart my Music Monday posts when I was jogged by my friend Joey Fala . Joey, some of you may remember, was to be in our group to India this spring but he just couldn’t squeeze it in between, finishing his degree in Architecture in May while simultaneously working on a master’s degree in lighting this month. Well, it turns out that while we were in India, Joey was working in a number of organ recitals around the country as well as applying for a master’s program at Yale. You guessed it! He leaves Troy in August and then off to New Haven to the very select program working for a Master’s degree Organ Performance at Yale. There are 6 students in each of the two years in the degree program. This is an update since my first post about this young Renaissance man.
Joey sent me a message and the video about Benjamin Zander who is one of his heroes that I might want to use in Monday Music. ” He is a stellar conductor and teacher but more importantly an effortless communicator.” (Joey’s description. ) It is long and I watched the whole thing. Zander and his student (cellist ) deeply touch the viewer’s heart including mine. I hope you will have the time and interest to watch it until the end as Zander shares how music transforms the musician and the listener. There is a lesson here for each of us no matter our vocations or avocations in life.
Joey, blessings to you as you follow your dream!