words to live by

Interpretation is the beautifully simple result of total understanding.

~Ingolf Dahl

The human responsibilities of the conductor are to remain human even in light of our position or title. We should be excited about what we do, we should seek to teach as well as conduct, and we should always keep in mind the musical, intellectual, personal, and social needs of the ensemble.

~William Dehning


It is a mistake to think that the practice of my art has become easy to me. I assure you, dear friend, no one has given so much care to the study of composition as I. There is scarcely a famous master in music whose works I have not frequently and diligently studied.  

~ W. A. Mozart. 


Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.

~ Blaise Pascal

When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’

~ Fred Rogers

Do not worry if you have built your castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.

~ Henry David Thoreau

Today isn’t “just another day.” Today, I’ll create something beautiful.


There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something better tomorrow.

~Orison Swett Marde

In these days of political, personal and economic disintegration, music is not a luxury, it’s a necessity; not simply because it is therapeutic, nor because it is the universal language, but because it is the persistent focus of our intelligence, aspiration and goodwill.

~Robert Shaw

My idea is that there is music in the air,
music all around us; the world is full of it, and you simply take as much as you require.

~ Edward Elgar

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.

~ Victor Hugo

Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin. 

~Mother Teresa

The secret of education is respecting the pupil.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The music talks and talks to us and never has to say a word.

~ Gloria Whelan

Trust is the best medium for success. It creates an environment in which people feel free to be authentic, passionate, committed, and willing to share all they have to offer. 

~ Author Unknown

It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.

~Lena Horne

Nothing was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is short and fevered rehearsal for a concert which we cannot stay to give.

~AW Tozer

Music and silence combine strongly because music is done with silence, and silence is full of music.

~ Marcel Marceau

Inspiration, hunger: these are the forces that drive good schools. The best we educational planners can do is create the most likely conditions for them to flourish and then get out of their way.

~ Ted Sizer

If you can’t fly, run. If you can’t run, walk. If you can’t walk, crawl, but by all means keep moving.

~Martin Luther King Jr.

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