Announcing the advent of the La Verne Chamber Orchestra, our newest community ensemble located at the University of La Verne!
I first started this orchestra with the hope that it would bring people together to learn from each other and grow artistically. Every week we have been welcoming new members and it is exciting to meet new people. They in turn invite their friends and colleagues and it keeps growing.
Recent studies in the science of happiness point to the creation of such organizations as being very healthy for communities and individuals. In an article by the Huffington Post, there are several things that seem to occur when a person is in the state of happiness:
*Engagement or flow
*Meaning and purpose
Working in this orchestra, we encounter all of these on a regular basis. It is my purpose to create a positive, constructive, and comfortable environment in order for people to interact, work together, and learn from each other. So often ensembles can focus on only the execution of the music, not on the community of musicians. It is my goal to grow a quality ensemble where people can fully enjoy the artistic process in a community setting.
Recently, Campus Times did a very nice article about the orchestra:
Our first performance will be on November 9 at 7:30 pm in Morgan Auditorium at the University of La Verne in conjunction with a performance of piano and violin music with myself and my colleague Nicodemus Marucut.
The La Verne Chamber Orchestra is comprised of university students and community members. We welcome anyone from seasoned musicians and true beginners. We meet on Thursday nights from 4:30-5:50 in the Morgan Auditorium at the University of La Berne. If you are interested in joining, please call me, Dr. Danielle Rosaria Cummins at (909) 240-6416.