Bellevue School of Music Fall Recital 2011
Without a doubt Andrew's willingness to risk disappointment is a fundamental element of his success; a student waiting until they are "ready" to perform misses the point entirely, performing is an essential part of the musical journey. Recitals, festivals and competitions are all an important part of studying music though students often resist performing due to fear of failure. It's natural for parents, teachers and students to want to succeed--be the best at the recital, win the ribbon at the festival--but it's necessary to temper human nature by reframing the measure of success. We must nurture our students into welcoming these challenges with an eye toward the higher goal of mastering performance: forging their desire to do well into motivation to practice, teaching them to accept that performances are imperfect, shifting their focus away from short term goals and toward embracing the overall journey. Andrew's musical development is a testament to his ability to weather the challenges of performance, he's been able to look past minor setbacks and learn from them to achieve a very high level of artistry.
Preparation for the Eastshore Solo and Ensemble Festival 2012
Andrew, now a senior, was chosen as a finalist in the North American Saxophone Alliance's (NASA) Young Artist Competition to be held at Arizona State University (ASU) this March 17th in Tempe, Arizona. The competition is one of dozens of events, presentations and performances offered at the NASA Biennial National Conference over four days. Andrew is performing the Glazounov Concerto along with six other finalists (the compulsory selection) and Marilyn Shrude's "Renewing the Myth". There is a winners concert on Sunday, March 18th featuring the top performers from each of five competitions at the conference. Andrew's parents and I will attend, listening with great admiration to all of the wonderful young artists.
For more information:
North American Saxophone Association--NASA
Feature Article on Andrew Nelson
Private Saxophone Lessons with Robert H. Wilson