A Message from Maestro Tinkham

To the CYSO community,
It has now been a week without rehearsals. While I hope that this hiatus will be short, no one knows how long it will last. Like you, I am burdened by the sudden changes in our lives. We are all adjusting to a new world. I miss making music with you very much already.

In this challenging time, you will draw upon the skills you have learned through playing music—listening, collaborating, leading, and following. Remember that our mission at CYSO is not to play the fastest or even the most beautiful notes; it is to inspire and cultivate personal excellence through music. We cannot waste this time but must use it to strive for excellence both musically and personally. We must keep moving forward as if we will be playing together tomorrow.

If there is any silver lining in this moment for you as a musician, it is that practicing is still allowed! Necessity is the mother of invention, and this time is presenting to us a powerful necessity. We will need to invent in order to move forward. CYSO is setting up online learning opportunities for all ensembles that will allow me and my fellow conductors to continue to guide our students’ musical progress. Please stay tuned for more updates soon.

Music is all about human connection. Right now as we are being denied direct contact, I believe that music will become even more important than ever. Remember that when we play, we put vibrations into the air that touch the eardrums of the listener. Music literally touches people!  We all need to practice toward the moment when we will play together again.

I will leave you with something else very important. We must be vigilant in the protection of our loved ones who are more vulnerable to this disease. Listen to scientists. Wash your hands correctly and often. Don’t touch your face. Look out for your family members who are elderly or have health conditions. This time is most dangerous for my parents and your grandparents. We need to be mindful and protect them by keeping ourselves healthy.

So many things are uncertain right now. What I know for sure is that the sun will rise tomorrow and that music will happen again, and that we will play it with greater passion than we thought possible.

Be well and keep working. The entire CYSO team and I look forward to seeing you very soon.


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