We’ve asked three SMI faculty members – Patty Kopec (violin/viola), Grigory Kalinovsky (violin/viola), and Charles (Chip) Hamann (oboe) – to share some advice with students about preparing for the Young Artist Program (YAP), making the most of their time here, and what makes SMI unique. Here's part two:
How can students make the most of their time here?
Patty: Take advantage of all master classes. Go to concerts, have a schedule, do not sleep in the mornings.
Grigory: Be open-minded. Even if what a teacher tells you is different from what you are used to, and even if you don't think you agree, give it a try—chances are you will learn something useful even if you don't end up using the advice.
Chip: Be a self-starter when it comes to rehearsal, practicing, and the information you would like to gain in lessons. As a one-on-one winds mentorship, this program gives a unique opportunity to have an extended interaction with a teacher and it's good to have an idea of the aspects you would like to address during the three weeks. This could be sound, reeds, solo repertoire, a technical issue, or orchestral excerpts, for example.