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Artist in Residence: Plans for 2012

Posted at 3:09 AM on January 19, 2012 by Chad Hoopes
Filed under: Artists in Residence

Chad Hoopes
Photo: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

Happy New Year to all the fans of Classical Minnesota Public Radio! This is my first blog post as the Artist in Residence for MPR. It is an honor for me to contribute and be part of such an influential organization.

This residency is important to me primarily because I have the opportunity to participate in and lead educational activities at local schools. I look forward to expressing my views on the importance of music and the arts. Since I was young, I have been blessed to be involved in classical music. Fortunately, I have had a talent that has helped carry my passion for the violin. During this residency, my hope is to help every young person I collaborate with to discover his or her passions.

The beginning of my residency at MPR started this past August, when I performed an opening recital at the MacPhail Center for Music. Furthermore, I spent three days in the studios at MPR recording a CD that MPR will be producing. As I recorded, I felt as if I could express feelings and emotions that I have experienced in my life. I strongly believe that this is how one connects to a listener through a recording. I recorded works by Bach, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, and Ravel. This was a lot of repertoire, but I feel confident that it brings a variety of sounds and color to the listener. This was a special experience for me mainly because this was my first time making a professional recording. At the start of the New Year, I returned to MPR to do some editing and other work in the studio. This also contributed to the rich learning opportunity I had.

What a journey! I can confidently say that this has turned out to be an extremely positive experience. As you can imagine, all of this wouldn't have been possible without the help of MANY people at MPR. So, here is a BIG thank you to you all!

Well, that's it for now! I am humbled and I look forward to continue on this voyage with all of you! Thank you and may the New Year present us with prosperous opportunities!