June 2014 Blog Posts (7)

Meet Sasha!

Aleksandr--known as Sasha--first captured the attention of Music from the Mountains during his audition for the opening concert of the North Caucasus Regional Music Competition. He enchanted the room with a romance, singing one verse in Russian and one verse in Italian, his facial features and gestures tastefully embellishing  the melodic lines. Only 17 years old, Aleksandr’s voice is remarkably mature and well-developed for an opera singer of his…


Added by Hannah Schneider on June 26, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Iraq and the USA - a tale of two orchestras

I've followed the National Youth Orchestra of USA since its beginning, as Music Director of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq. We were in discussions early on about working together, but as our plans developed in different directions, as is often the case, our projects developed different complexions.  I'm still very fond of NYO USA, and completely understand the sheer amount of work that a national youth orchestra takes. Their team have my sympathies!

National Youth…


Added by Paul MacAlindin on June 25, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Creative Immersions Launch - Bringing real world music experience to YOUR school

Remember our Songwriter Series featured writer Elizabeth Eckert? (you can check out our last interview with her here).  Well, we're excited about a new program she's just launched which brings her original songs to high school students throughout the country.  Creative Immersions (…


Added by Elizabeth Eckert on June 23, 2014 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Meet Korine

A soft-spoken and instantly endearing adolescent, Korine is yet another representative of both the talent and the colorful ethnic composition of Adygea. She and her family are some of the many Armenians who comprise a vibrant minority community in the republic—15.6% in 2013.*  …


Added by Hannah Schneider on June 18, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Meet Aleksandr

Eighteen-year-old Aleksandr arrived to record after having worked until three in the morning.  Polite but yawning, he sheepishly introduced himself as a cook, explaining that he sings, but is not a full time music student.  He glanced down as he mentioned, “it’s because I am an orphan, you see.”

Without exposing the most painful details of his story, he explained that he miraculously began receiving vocal training because a teacher heard him almost 10 years ago and recognized…


Added by Hannah Schneider on June 11, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Meet Dasha

During the majority of the Music from the Mountains recording process, Dasha was just a rumor. Teachers and students praised this elusive pianist of implausible skill and musicality who had qualified for a major competition and flown to Moscow for the final rounds.    Dasha did not disappoint.  She returned to Adygea a laurelled hero, having won over the jury in the nation’s capital to claim second prize.…


Added by Hannah Schneider on June 4, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Meet Bela Blyagoz

(Photos by Debbie Hoehner

Bela, who turned 13 shortly after recording for Music from the Mountains, is one of the few privileged students in her village chosen to take…


Added by Hannah Schneider on June 4, 2014 at 12:11am — No Comments

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