Sure! People notice when you are in shape at the beach or the gym, but the kind of muscles I am talking about (the orbicularis oris to be precise) sadly don’t get the visual attention your biceps might. The muscles around the mouth of a brass player are incredibly well...

July 31, 2020

Elijah McClain was a young African American massage therapist and violinist who died last year after an encounter with Aurora, Colorado police. Violin vigils in his honor have sprung up across the country.

On July 11, three of our orchestra members participated in a Chi...

 The author, above: trombonist and hat enthusiast

The excitement in the air was palpable! Well, maybe not in the same way that opening night of our Ring Cycle would have been...but in some ways Susan Warner and Dave Griffin’s First Annual Fourth of July Front Yard Celeb...

July 27, 2020

Susan Warner, Acting Co-Principal Clarinet

When Covid-19 shuttered live music venues, Lyric Opera of Chicago orchestra members felt a profound sense of loss of not only performances, but of identity and connection with colleagues and audiences. Musicians longed for purp...

July 25, 2020

Even though there haven't been in-person performances for months, we've been practicing. While it may sound odd (who wouldn't love a break from banging your head against the wall?), it's really what you have to do. It's taken thousands of hours of practice, lessons, an...

June 20, 2020

I am fortunate to be sheltering in place here in beautiful Schaumburg with three other string players - my wife and two of my three sons. Playing duets, trios and quartets has proven to be a great way to lift our spirits and pass the time. Learning piano accompaniment...

Like every year, the approach of June brings the final days of the homeschool year. This is nothing new for our family as I have, for the past eight years, shepherded my kids through their education with a substantial dose of music thrown in.

Three months ago, it was ea...

June 16, 2020

After the shock of The Ring cancellation, we search for a way forward. After grieving our loss, we approach our instruments again, as we do every day, for we have as long as we can remember. But what to do? Preparing for The Ring is an all-consuming project. What do yo...

June 14, 2020

The Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra, along with our entire company, is actively committed to crucial and long overdue conversations and the implementation of measures needed to eradicate racism. Please join us in the conversation by submitting your thoughts and ideas at...

April 25, 2020

Like so many things right now, this article is very different from the one I imagined I would be writing.

There are a few things in life that you know will be life-changing.  For all of us who have careers, retirement is a big one: it changes so much, it redefines you,...

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