Back from a Remarkable Week at the Barn

Barn-Exterior-650 I just spent a fantastic week in Maine at the Celebration Barn.  Two great teachers working together, Deborah Henson-Conant and Karen Montanaro.  Nine other great musicians, all there to take their work to the next level.  And we all got there, whether or not we wanted to!  There was lots of hard work, amazing discoveries, angst, and laughter.  It was about movement, music, connecting, hearing, and really being there.  Many of us went there looking for one thing – and learned that what we were really searching for was something entirely different.

We were together long enough to take ourselves apart and reassemble.  Long enough to try on new ways of seeing and hearing our music – and new ways of working beyond technique, beyond "getting it right."

Whatever it is that you do, I only hope that you can have such a wonderful experience.  Because my musical world has been fundamentally transformed.

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About Mary Jane Ballou

Mary Jane Ballou’s life in sacred music began in a children’s choir at the age of three. Instrumental music waited until her piano lessons started in primary school. And her music life remains a joyous pairing of sacred vocal music and the instrumental repertoire of Spain, Ireland, and Scotland.

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