Katy Luo 
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Re: “Churn and Burn at the Young Musicians Program

YMP was the single most influential aspect of my music education. It was the reason why I decided to go into music. The kind of education I received at YMP surpassed what I received at Oberlin Conservatory and at the graduate department of SUNY Stony Brook. YMP was a place unlike any other musical institution for young people. While in other institutions the priorities were mostly about prestige and competition, YMP was about building a community of kids from different backgrounds, and teaching them to respect each other, through their common love for music; it was about first class music education, where each faculty and staff exemplified that being a musician is about personal conviction, hardwork, generosity of spirit, and the highest respect for music as an art form. Everything I did in my musical life after YMP was still inspired by what I experienced at YMP, whether I was on stage or in a class room teaching.

This was the YMP I knew when Marsha Jaeger was the director. YMP has always been, in my heart, the most valuable musical institution in this country.

It is heart breaking to find out it has suffered such toxic leadership. I hope the board will take action and save YMP.

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Posted by Katy Luo on 05/09/2012 at 12:22 AM

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