To give, and pass on the arts to young people is a moral obligation for the 21st-century artist. We know, through study after study that kids excel in social surroundings, math, reading and in all aspects in life when they are not only exposed to the arts and music, but are inspired to learn an instrument as well. Todays demanding, test-centric, highly distracting world, calls for the arts and culture to inspire youth more than ever.
The arts expand a students understanding of what civilization can be. The need to stir the soul, at all ages, has never been more essential. For kids not to know classical music is to be cut off from one of the greatest sources of human expression ever created. Life can sometimes be on the surface today. Digging deep into history, into culture, into the past are no longer always exemplified as traits to cultivate. Love, tragedy, ecstacy, and the overall human condition are experienced through music in ways children can grasp, understand and feel deep in their souls, even when they cant articulate these emotions. Sometimes music and art become the only means by which they can fully express themselves. This is why it is not only a mission, but one of my greatest joys and rewards in my life to have the opportunity to give back what I not only cherish love, but know can and will change a young persons future.
I once was a member of the Greater Miami Youth Symphony, and now I have opportunity to go back to them now and give them instruction, inspiration and attention; with hopes I may return what was once given to me. Likewise, as Music Director of the Amarillo Symphony I work with and conduct in concert the young musicians of the Amarillo Youth Orchestras every time i visit my beloved orchestra. There is no greater work to be done then to pass back down the passion and nurturing that was given to me so early on in my development.