Friday, March 29, 2013

CVSM Community Orchestra Concert

CVSM stands for : Cumberland Valley School of Music and the school is located in Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA. The community string orchestra consists of students from the school as well as performers from the community. I had the honor of playing in the first violin section with the orchestra this year.

This is my first time playing violin with an orchestra, although I have played violin in several small groups, and have also taught violin privately. I have played the viola most of my life, and later, professionally.

Due to a neck injury, I have turned to the violin and find it an easier instrument to play because it is smaller than a viola and weighs less.

I have included the link to the community orchestra's spring concert below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvUNkinIB7k

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Concert Event - CVSM Community String Orchestra

I am honored to be playing violin in the Cumberland Valley School of Music Community String Orchestra. Our upcoming concert is on March 26, 2013 at 8pm at the chapel at Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA. The concert is free and will include music by Mozart and Handel.

For years I played the viola and with several different orchestras. I also played professionally and have taught violin/viola privately. This is my first year that I have switched permanently to playing the violin. The reason is that I incurred a neck injury from a fall a few years back and this kept me from playing viola. With time, vitamins, and supplements, I began playing again. I noticed that the viola is a much bigger instrument than the violin and stressed my neck easily. Therefore, by switching to the violin, which is a smaller instrument, I have been able to continue my love of playing music.

I joined the community orchestra as a way for me to continue playing, but in a more relaxed atmosphere. As soon as the concert is recorded, I will try and include it here.


Friday, March 01, 2013

Greek Novels Translated to English

I recently was approached by Greek authors interested in having their Greek book translated and published into English. Unfortunately, I do not have personal experience with that.

What I do know, is that the publishing world is very competitive, and fickle. This is just for Americans trying to publish in the USA. When you add the variable of having a Greek book translated into English, it becomes more complex.

My advice is to promote your  book, in whatever country you have your book published in. Also, to look for a foreign rights agent willing to take on your book and submit to a traditional publisher. It will take time to find the right agent.

Another option is to hire a translator, then self-publish the book. This will require upfront costs. Alternatives are to translate the book yourself, and self-publish through a company like www.lulu.com who does not charge for publishing.

There are many avenues to take these days in the publishing world and it requires not only talent and creativity, but persistence.