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M Institute for the Arts The M Institute for the Arts, Inc. is dedicated to building artistic communities. We offer voice lessons, piano lessons, and practice room rentals.
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Have you heard about Detroit Opera Theater’s redux production of Götterdämmerung last weekend? With Christine Goerke (wh...
10/23/2020

Have you heard about Detroit Opera Theater’s redux production of Götterdämmerung last weekend? With Christine Goerke (who we were SO lucky to have pop into an M4Arts online seminar earlier this year!) as Brünnhilde — we are jealous of those who got to experience this creative production!

What do you think? Ready for more creative solutions to the challenges of the pandemic for artists?

Photo credit Mitty Carter

In 1991 Rodrigo was raised to the Spanish nobility by King Juan Carlos 1 with the hereditary title of Marqués de los Jar...
10/19/2020

In 1991 Rodrigo was raised to the Spanish nobility by King Juan Carlos 1 with the hereditary title of Marqués de los Jardines de Aranjuez. You may not have heard of Rodrigo — but you have likely heard his music!

(ID: Joaquín Rodrigo (1901-1999) was a blind Spanish composer and virtuoso pianist. Rodrigo composed in braille and had his compositions transcribed for publication. He raised the Spanish guitar to dignity as a universal concert instrument with his composition Concierto de Aranjues for guitarist Reino Sainz de la Maza in 1939. A movement of this piece for guitar and orchestra was adapted by Gil Evans for Miles Davis’ 1960 album “Sketches of Spain”.

Mozart energy carrying us through this week ~ They shall soon find out!!!Just one more singer spot available in our upco...
10/13/2020

Mozart energy carrying us through this week ~ They shall soon find out!!!

Just one more singer spot available in our upcoming Le Nozze di Figaro Recitative masterclass on Oct. 24th — don’t miss out on the most economical way to learn the recit. sections of this incredibly popular opera!

(I.D.: White text on a red background reads: “They probably think because I am so small and young, nothing of greatness and class can come out of me; but they shall soon find out.”)

Special livestream today from our beloved faculty Thomas Pandolfi!! To enjoy this College of Southern Maryland special p...
10/10/2020
Maestro Thomas Pandolfi Performs for CSM’s First Virtual Benny C. Morgan Recital Oct. 10

Special livestream today from our beloved faculty Thomas Pandolfi!! To enjoy this College of Southern Maryland special performance, tune into the CSMDTube TODAY any time after 3 p.m., by visiting: https://www.youtube.com/user/CSMDTube.”

https://news.csmd.edu/all-news/maestro-thomas-pandolfi-performs-for-csms-first-virtual-benny-c-morgan-recital-oct-10/?fbclid=IwAR0Doc3NRCI3uQVWvwVpLPB1JtxdV8L2TdLj6Z-U282Zc8Q49u1pKENWw2U

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) recommences its 2019-2020 Benny C. Morgan Concert Series Saturday, Oct. 10 at 3 p.m. with a free virtual broadcast of American pianist Thomas Pandolfi. Maestr…

Tan Dun was among the first group of music students from China to study at Columbia University in the 1980s. He was awar...
10/07/2020

Tan Dun was among the first group of music students from China to study at Columbia University in the 1980s. He was awarded an Academy Award, and a Grammy Award for “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”.

(ID: Blended image of Composer Tan Dun conducting with text that reads, “Tan Dun (1957- ) is a Chinese contemporary classical composer, known for his award-winning scores for “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”, and “Hero”. He grew up in China amidst the Cultural Revolution and trained with Beijing Opera, and was commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera in 2006 to write “The First Emperor”. )

Innes co-authored a 2016 study that found music-listening could boost mood and well-being and improve stress-related mea...
10/05/2020

Innes co-authored a 2016 study that found music-listening could boost mood and well-being and improve stress-related measures in older adults suffering from cognitive decline, similar to the benefits of meditation.

Playing *and* listening to music is so good for your brain and health! Hope you are making time for music today!

(ID: white text on a red background reads a quote by Kim Innes, professor of Epidemiology at West Virginia Univerity’s School of Public Health , “Both meditation and music listening are potentially powerful tools for improving overall health and well-being.”)

Francesca Caccini (1587-1640), the daughter of the great Renaissance composer Giulio Caccini, was a singer, lutenist, po...
10/02/2020

Francesca Caccini (1587-1640), the daughter of the great Renaissance composer Giulio Caccini, was a singer, lutenist, poet & composer.

(ID: a painting of Caccini is overlaid with text. Caccini’s dark blonde hair is parted in the middle, and she wears a voluminous red and blue gown and looks directly at the viewer. The text reads, “Composer Francesca Caccini (1587-1640) is considered to have written the first opera by a woman, 'La liberazione di Ruggiero’.)

09/30/2020
Thomas Pandolfi plays for senior center in Fairfax, VA

M4Arts faculty Thomas Pandolfi plays the inaugural (socially distanced) concert at a senior center in Fairfax, VA – and on a piano which the M Institute donated! We are so pleased and honored to be able to keep the music going across the DMV ❤️🎶. Bravo Thomas!!!

M4Arts Master Teacher Capucine Chiaudani on the proper adduction of the vocal folds.Don’t miss out on Ms. Chiaudani’s up...
09/28/2020

M4Arts Master Teacher Capucine Chiaudani on the proper adduction of the vocal folds.

Don’t miss out on Ms. Chiaudani’s upcoming Mozart Recitative Masterclass Intensive — for those wanting to study the most difficult passages of the most popular Mozart operas. Singer tickets are almost gone — register today!

(ID: white text on red background reads a quote by Capucine Chiaudani, “It is not the air which produces the sound — It is the resistance to the air which produces the sound.” )

Use it or lose it! Getting up in front of an audience — even a virtual one — has all kinds of benefits!M4Arts has all ki...
09/25/2020

Use it or lose it! Getting up in front of an audience — even a virtual one — has all kinds of benefits!

M4Arts has all kinds of opportunities to perform coming up — including an Open Mic Night on October 15th! Make new friends, play some music trivia, and perform in a low-pressure, supportive environment.

Lisa Ruth Niemeier is a piano performance major studying with Thomas Pandolfi at the M Institute for the Arts, and at VC...
09/23/2020

Lisa Ruth Niemeier is a piano performance major studying with Thomas Pandolfi at the M Institute for the Arts, and at VCU.

After a 30 year career running her own consulting firm, Lisa is following her childhood dreams of becoming a professional pianist. Read the full student spotlight “It’s never too late”, on the M4Arts blog linked below.

https://www.m4arts.org/post/student-spotlight-lisa-niemeier

Words to live by. 🎶(ID: white text on a red background reads,“The easiest way to avoid wrong notes is to never open your...
09/21/2020

Words to live by. 🎶

(ID: white text on a red background reads,“The easiest way to avoid wrong notes is to never open your mouth and sing. What a mistake that would be.” – Pete Seeger)

The great 19th century vocologist Manuel Garcia II using his invention, the laryngoscope. Garcia, an esteemed baritone a...
09/18/2020

The great 19th century vocologist Manuel Garcia II using his invention, the laryngoscope. Garcia, an esteemed baritone and teacher, is credited with saving the career of soprano Jenny Lind after she suffered vocal damage from overwork. While he invented the laryngoscope for the study of vocal function, its use in medicine has been so great that the University of Königsberg conferred upon him the honorary degree of M.D.

#m4artsmusichistory

Troubled Island was produced by New York City Opera in 1949. Still was a major figure of the Harlem Renaissance, and had...
09/16/2020

Troubled Island was produced by New York City Opera in 1949. Still was a major figure of the Harlem Renaissance, and had a prolific composition and conducting career. He was the first African American to conduct a major American symphony orchestra, the first to have a symphony performed by a leading orchestra, the first to have an opera performed by a major opera company, and the first to have an opera performed on national television.

Vladimir Horowitz, a Russian-American classical pianist and composer, is widely considered to be one of the best pianist...
09/14/2020

Vladimir Horowitz, a Russian-American classical pianist and composer, is widely considered to be one of the best pianists of all time. Our own Thomas Pandolfi studied with Horowitz during his time at Juilliard. His monthly piano masterclass begins tomorrow night at 7pm EDT — grab your tickets at the #linkinbio.

(ID: white text on a red background reads a quote by Vladimir Horowitz, “I Must tell you I take terrible risks. Because my playing is very clear, when I make a mistake you hear it. If you want me to play only the notes without any specific dynamics, I will never make one mistake.”

09/09/2020

M4Arts Master Teacher, pianist
Thomas Pandolfi explains the concept of “finger-pedaling”.

Join us next week for his new monthly piano masterclass!

Give this a shot this week — when you are feeling stuck, warble out a tune. You’ll feel better 🙂(ID: white text on a red...
09/08/2020

Give this a shot this week — when you are feeling stuck, warble out a tune. You’ll feel better 🙂

(ID: white text on a red background, a Stephen Sondheim quote, “If I cannot fly, let me sing.”)

M Institute for the Arts's cover photo
09/04/2020

M Institute for the Arts's cover photo

Did you know that learning an instrument enhances brain function in all of these ways and more? What are you waiting for...
09/03/2020

Did you know that learning an instrument enhances brain function in all of these ways and more? What are you waiting for? 🤓

We love this photo of Ellen Stone — three cheers for those who have paved the way. #M4ArtsMusicHistory(ID: a black and w...
09/01/2020

We love this photo of Ellen Stone — three cheers for those who have paved the way. #M4ArtsMusicHistory

(ID: a black and white photo of a symphony horn section. An unknown male horn player plays in the foreground, and Ellen Stone Bogoda plays to his left. They both look up, presumably towards a conductor. The image is overlaid with text which reads, “When the Pittsburgh Orchestra appointed Ellen Stone Bogoda first horn in 1937 it marked the first time an American symphony orchestra had appointed a woman brass player to an orchestra not composed entirely of women.”)

Missing Ms. Norman  — do you have a favorite recording of hers? Tell us in the comments and we'll add an excerpt to our ...
08/28/2020

Missing Ms. Norman — do you have a favorite recording of hers? Tell us in the comments and we'll add an excerpt to our stories today.

(ID: white text on a red background: “Thinking of the strength and faith of my ancestors keeps my backbone straight, because the timber of which my soul and spirit are made is very strong. I owe them my best.”)

M Institute for the Arts's cover photo
08/28/2020

M Institute for the Arts's cover photo

Olga Samaroff (August 8, 1880 – May 17, 1948) was an American pianist, music critic, and teacher. She was the first woma...
08/25/2020

Olga Samaroff (August 8, 1880 – May 17, 1948) was an American pianist, music critic, and teacher. She was the first woman to self-produce her New York debut at Carnegie Hall in 1905 and went on to have a prolific solo concert career until a shoulder injury in 1925.

#m4artsmusichistory #womeninthearts

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08/24/2020

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A new level of quietude ...

When orchestras changed to a blind audition process, the number of women and minorities who were ultimately hired immedi...
08/21/2020

When orchestras changed to a blind audition process, the number of women and minorities who were ultimately hired immediately increased. What do you think about implementing blind auditions for singers? Is it plausible — or is the visual aesthetic too important to casting?

Join us this coming week to hear more in-depth about the process of auditioning for a major symphony orchestra with guest artist Susan Yun, Asst Principal Cellist of the Kennedy Center Orchestra. You can find the link to her class below.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/behind-the-screen-auditioning-for-an-orchestra-tickets-106840081560

(ID: white text on a red background reads, “Blind Auditions — An audition where the identity of the performer is concealed from the judges so as to prevent bias. Blind auditions are standard in symphony orchestras and have been shown to increase the hiring of women and minorities.)

#orchestra #symphonyorchestra #kennedycenter #opera #operasinger #operasingersofinstagram #cello #cellist #cellomusic #auditions #blindauditions

08/20/2020

One of our most popular masterclass teachers, Italian dramatic soprano Capucine Chiaudani, returns next week for an encore!! 😍🎶🎉

Visit m4arts.org/calendar to register!

To 🎉celebrate🎉 the launch of our on-demand library of innovative music classes with some of the most inspiring artists i...
08/17/2020

To 🎉celebrate🎉 the launch of our on-demand library of innovative music classes with some of the most inspiring artists in classical music, we are running a special contest! Win free access to our full on-demand library!

The only way to enter is over on our Instagram @m4arts – head there to read all about the prizes and rules for entry. 🎶

Let’s all start breaking some rules – let’s stop asking for permission to make the art that calls to us.
08/16/2020

Let’s all start breaking some rules – let’s stop asking for permission to make the art that calls to us.

Just admiring the shelves of scores quietly awaiting students at the M ✨•Have you been in the mood for score study latel...
08/14/2020

Just admiring the shelves of scores quietly awaiting students at the M ✨

Have you been in the mood for score study lately? What’s sitting on your shelf that you want to tackle?

M Institute for the Arts's cover photo
08/13/2020

M Institute for the Arts's cover photo

Honestly, where's the Barbara Strozzi bio-pic we all need??(ID: a portrait of Barbara Strozzi — a white figure cutting t...
08/11/2020

Honestly, where's the Barbara Strozzi bio-pic we all need??

(ID: a portrait of Barbara Strozzi — a white figure cutting through the darkness, face framed with dark curly hair, and a direct, almost challenging gaze at the viewer. She wears a light colored and lush gown, with her left breast mostly uncovered. The painting is overlaid with the text: Venetian composer Barbara Strozzi (1619-1677) was one of the first women to have her music published in her own name. She was the most prolific composer of printed secular vocal music in 17th c. Venice. ")

We love getting perspectives from the pit! It makes sense to us that playing for an opera orchestra would require a whol...
08/08/2020

We love getting perspectives from the pit! It makes sense to us that playing for an opera orchestra would require a whole different level of listening and concentration — what do you think?

We love a multi-faceted artist! E.T.A Hoffman was a writer, artist, music critic, and composer whose stories greatly inf...
08/05/2020

We love a multi-faceted artist!

E.T.A Hoffman was a writer, artist, music critic, and composer whose stories greatly influenced 19th century literature. His stories were used as the basis for Offenbach’s opera, “The Tales of Hoffman”. He was also the author of “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King”, on which Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker was based.

Original post by NotationIsGreat on Twitter.

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VERY UPSET! WANTED TO HEAR PANDOLFI'S MAY 24TH CONCERT AND WAS CONNECTED TO HIS MAARCH 29TH CONCERT! YOUR FAULT; NOT MINE. [email protected]
Just wanted to thank you for the great piano performance tonight, I live across the road on T street and was lucky enough to hear loud and clear and enjoy the composition. Anyway non-artists can contribute/ participate more actively? Please do let me know. #keepthewindowsanddoorsopen #covid19 #community
How do you access the performance?
Great work, thanks! Also, webinars.
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