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Students don’t have to be majoring in the arts to find spiritual renewal in music

Students don’t have to be majoring in the arts to find spiritual renewal in music

It is always a challenge to come to a major university to present and talk about the string quartet literature. Whenever we have, we have been so pleasantly surprised at how advanced the music students are and also appreciative of the great interest that non-music majors have in the art form and classical music in general.

For me, it seems that art and music appeal to many students who are saturating themselves with science, math, and business classes. Art provides a most desired and needed space inside ourselves where we can rest and replenish our spirits. At least, that is what art gives to me every day that I open myself to it.

For me, it seems that art and music appeal to many students who are saturating themselves with science, math, and business classes.

I am hoping that in our residency at Penn State we will meet, and be inspired by, many talented young people. I find that in presenting quartets to a general university population, as well as the more specialized music students, we are stimulated and challenged in ways that we don’t foresee or expect.

So I, for one, am excited to come to Penn State, play our beautiful quartets by Haydn, Janáček, and Debussy as beautifully and interestingly as we can, and share our own love of doing what we do. I hope to gain more knowledge and have a lot of fun talking to and being with as many students as possible. I am really looking forward to it!

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