Chris Madsen on WDCB 90.9

Chris Madsen recently talked about MYA's Jazz Program on WDCB 90.9.  You can hear the interview and Chris perform at this link.  Mike Jeffers, host of the Chicago Jazz Revealed Show, and founder and president of Chicago Jazz Magazine is a former band director.  Chris (an MYA Alum and Director of MYA's Jazz Program) and Mike articulate why MYA is such a special place for young jazz students, and why school music directors love the work we do.

MYA Staffers are High Achievers!

Rebecca Rudy ('08 Alum/Viola and MYA's Private Lesson Program Administrator and Events Coordinator) and Ben Rusch (MYA's Volunteer Coordinator) crossed the finish line of the Chicago Marathon on Sunday not even a second a part.  They planned and trained for this event and feel a profound sense of accomplishment; one is already planning to do another marathon!

Is there a relationship between music and accomplishments like this?  A recent article in the New York Times, Is Music the Key to Success by Joanne Lipman offers numerous examples of high achievers who credit their musical training to success they have had in life.  If you didn't see the article, click here!

Nobel Medicine Winner Says: I owe it all to my bassoon teacher!

One of our board members sent us this link today.  October 9, 2013 by  (from artsJournalblogs)

MYA is more than music. . .  MYA has several wonderful bassoon Alums who studied other subjects after high school.  Sam Sogin ('07 Alum) majored in Economics as an undergrad and Civil Engineering as a grad student at U of I.  He is currently working for the Union Pacific Railroad in research and planning.  Ben Steinhorn ('08 Alum) went to MIT as an undergrad, Physics and Mechanical Engineering major.  He is currently at Harvard Medical School/MIT, studying Biophysics.  We like to think that they, too, will be music lovers for life and use the skills they learned and needed at MYA for their current pursuits.  Who knows?  We may have a future Nobel Prize recipient among our Alums.

:  T
homas Sudhof, who shares this year’s Nobel Prize for medicine and physiology, told The Lancet in August 2010 that he owes his powers of analysis and concentration to studying a musical instrument.
What apart from your family is the passion of your life?
I always try to understand everything I encounter—not only in science, but also historical and political events and music and movies—get to grips with the content, meaning, and process. This is immense fun, as strange as that may sound.
Who was your most influential teacher, and why?
My bassoon teacher, Herbert Tauscher, who taught me that the only way to do something right is to practice and listen and practice and listen, hours, and hours, and hours.
What is your favourite book, and why?
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust, because it is a microcosm of the world and Goethe’s beautiful language expresses all of our potential and contradictions.
You can have dinner tonight with a famous person—who would it be?
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, so that I could try and find out if his creativity was conscious or inherent.
h/t Gerhard Veith

Inside Information: Concert Tickets

Today's blog is submitted by Donna Schardt.

For the past 10 years I have been involved with Ticket Sales for Midwest Young Artists.  On concert days, there are always some parents, grandparents, and friends of MYA students who purchase tickets at the door and remark on how expensive the tickets are. Don’t be that person!   Purchase tickets now and save 33.3% on all MYA ticket sales and avoid the lines on Concert Days.

Ticket prices through October 20th are 50% less than they will be after that date and at the door.  For all concerts except the one at Symphony Center there is open seating so if you do decide to bring someone at the last minute you can still sit together.  Please complete the 2013-2014 Discounted Season Tickets Order Form and bring it in or mail it to us by October 20th.  You can also order the tickets on-line at the MYA website.

MYA’s first concert this fall is at Wentz Concert Hall at North Central College in Naperville on Saturday, October 19, and features Big Band and Symphony Orchestra. Click on this link to purchase tickets on-line. or the box office  phone number is 630-637-SHOW. Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the performance.

Our February 22nd Symphony Orchestra Concert featuring the Walgreens Concerto Competition Winners will be at Symphony Center this year. Tickets may only be purchased on-line at the CSO's website  or box office, 312-294-3000.   To coincide with our Season Tickets discount there is a 15% discount on any adult tickets purchased this month. Use MYAEarly to receive the discount.  For student ticket discounts (50% of the full price ticket) please call the Box Office.