A 10 Year Old Composes Music for the Philharmonic

While stories of educational failure abound, I found the NPR story, A (Very) Young Composer Gets His Chance At The New York Philharmonic, to be harmoniously uplifting.  Click on the above link to read or listen to the story.

The gist of the story is that Composer Jon Deak developed the idea for helping to nurture young composers after visiting a Brooklyn school and noticing the art work on the school walls.  He thought it would be possible to help students develop musical skills at least as good as the art skills some exhibit.    

“So Deak set about getting the musical equivalents of paints, paintbrushes and canvas for children in elementary schools that partner with the New York Philharmonic. Each year, 72 lucky kids in six New York area schools participate in this free after-school program.”

Go to the NPR link (above) to listen to one composition of a ten year old which was performed at the Avery Fisher Hall by the New York Philharmonic.  It is amazing orchestration and puts a song in the heart of anyone who wants to hear about something good that can be accomplished in our schools and through young people.

Love: The Fruit of the Holy Spirit

“The Apostle bears witness that this love is the fruit of the Holy Spirit, just like the joy and the peace granted by the Father and Son, when he says: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, and peace (Gal. 5:22). This love is poured into the hearts of believers by the Holy Spirit: Indeed, the love of God is poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit (Rom. 5:5). In fact, according to the passages: And the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you (2 Cor. 13:13). and: If there is any communion with the Spirit (Phil. 2:1), since everyone who has communion with the Holy Spirit through participation in him possesses God’s Wisdom and Word and Truth in every way, he will also possess a share of holiness with the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. For God is faithful, through whom you have been called to communion with his Son (1 Cor. 1:9). John too writes concerning the Father: If we walk in the light, just as he himself is in the light, we have communion with him (1 Jn. 1:7). And again: But our communion is with the Father and his Son Jesus Christ (1 Jn. 1:3).  Therefore, since whoever has communion with the Holy Spirit immediately has communion with both the Father and Son, whenever anyone has the love of the Father, he has it as a gift from the Son through the Holy Spirit. In addition, whenever anyone is a participant of the grace of Jesus Christ, he has the same grace as a gift from the Father through the Holy Spirit.” (Athanasius the Great and Didymus the Blind, Works on the Spirit, pgs. 167-168)