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Community Music Center
February 1, 2011

I'd wanted to play the oboe ever since, as a young boy, I listened to the duck on Peter and the Wolf. Later, as a college student, I heard John De Lancie play. Playing oboe became a secret passion; but steeped in perfectionism or was it defeatism, held myself back, until finally at 60 it became, "I have no time or money, but I'd better get started"

With no expectation of actually being able to ever produce 'music' I began. Shortly after beginning, I joined a Community Music Center small ensemble. Years later, with the help of wonderful instructors from CMS, I'm now playing better than I could have imagined, and more important, have discovered the deep pleasure and satisfaction in the process of attentive practice, and attentive listening when playing ensemble.

I had no idea playing for an audience is a skill, like ensemble, that improves with practice. CMC provides the triad of individual and ensemble instruction, and performance experience that developed more skill and satisfaction than I believed possible.

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I cannot adequately express my deep appreciation for the help of CMC and my teachers for helping me realize a lifelong repressed dream. To keep growing at my age (70+) is a source of great joy. For this gift, I thank CMC. As an aside, I want to add that it makes me giggle to join the stream of kids from all backgrounds turning to CMC for training in all the world's music.

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I think this is a superb organization fulfilling an important mission of bring musical arts training to all members of our community. It is my intention to post this to the Arts 2011 campaign, but the drop down menu wasn't cooperating. Hope you'll fix that for me.

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Very Well

How did you find this group?

a friend told me

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

developed my self confidence and joy

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Client Served & I have taken private and ensemble lessons that have been subsidized. .