April 2021
Upcoming opportunities and events for musicians.
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Thank you to our March mentors Alisa Rose and Bob Athayde! And as always, many thanks to Ragnar Bohlin for great choral workshops that keep voices healthy and spirits lifted.

Hello Friends,

We have lived through a year of COVID and it seems like there might be light at the end of a long tunnel. For musicians, we still don't know what the world after the pandemic will look like. Will there be concerts with smaller capacity? When will choruses get to rehearse in the same room? I hope we start to know soon. One thing is certain: with warmer weather we will start hearing chamber music and even larger ensembles playing outside and I am really looking forward to music re-entering our live world. If your group is planning a performance please post it on the AMN Facebook page - we'd love to help spread the word!

AMN's first online workshop was a year ago, on April 18. Now, 40 online workshops later, our anniversary month brings another wonderful online conversation with AMN Curator David Landis. He'll interview Broadway and cabaret legend Karen Mason on April 17 and I know you'll love getting to know her. Then you won't want to miss Dr. Lynn Kuo, who helps musicians connect with their warrior spirit and become a "musical ninja." She'll bring her infectious enthusiasm to our online platform on April 24. For choral singers, April brings our next series of three Singing Saturdays workshops with Ragnar Bohlin. This month we are singing Verdi's electrifying Requiem, as well as selected opera choruses.

See below and visit the AMN workshops page for more information about AMN events.

As always, stay safe and healthy, and keep music-making in your life!

Lolly Lewis
Founder, Amateur Music Network
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April 10, 17, 24  |  11 a.m. Pacific

Singing Saturdays with

Ragnar Bohlin

Verdi Requiem
Selected opera choruses

Each session is a 75-minute-long exploration of techniques that will make selected passages from a great choral work beautiful and musical. Although they are not choral rehearsals as such, they will include extended interludes of singing together.

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Saturday, April 17  |  2 p.m. Pacific


Karen Mason

Stories from Broadway and cabaret

Join AMN Curator David Landis for an online conversation with cabaret singer, actress, and Broadway sensation Karen Mason, winner of the 2019 MAC Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Saturday, April 24  |  2 p.m. Pacific


Dr. Lynn Kuo

How to be a musical ninja!

Join this virtuoso violinist and mentor to access your warrior spirit in music! Learn how harmony is your secret weapon to unlocking greater musicality.

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           May 8: STRINGS WORKSHOP
                       with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra

Spend an hour with Maestro Ben Simon and five fabulous SFCO string player mentors to take a deep dive into Grieg’s Holberg Suite Praelude.

           May 15: SF Symphony clarinetist Jerry Simas

           May 22: Lisa Mezzacappa returns for more guided jazz listening 


New group classes at Little Mission Studio

Improvising On Your Instrument
Starting: Monday, May 3, 2021
Mondays, 8 - 9 PM
Develop skills to recognize musical patterns and rhythm!
Creating Music With Technology
Starting: Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Tuesdays, 8 - 9 PM
Learn how to create your own digital music composition!
Online instruction from Blue Bear School of Music

SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR AMN SUBSCRIBERS: Blue Bear is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a $50 discount for partners and friends. Use code "50for50" at checkout. Offer good through April 2021.

Amateur Music Network wants to hear your stories!
We welcome guest blog posts and would love to share yours! Tell us about your path as an amateur musician, how you manage to keep music in your life, how you've made connections in music, what being a musician means to you, or whatever's on your music-mind! Contact us via the web portal to submit.

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