By Christopher O'Malley
I recently attended a violin workshop with my children and one of the master class teachers made reference to a quote by Ira Glass that follows.
Young or old...new endeavor or working to improve ones existing skill...this is a good lesson that practice, patience and dogged determination are the required chemistry for mastering creative work.
In violin circles, as in life, there are countless good musicians, but what makes a virtuoso is the incredible discipline for conquering ever greater heights of mastery. You can see this quality in 12 year old children (with the loving support of their parents) and 50 year old concert masters. These select few, in all fields of endeavor, help inspire us all to fulfill our own promise.