National Symphony institute participants play for government officials

Posted on: July 15, 2011

A report in Friday’s (7/15) Daily News Journal (Murfreesboro, Tennessee) states, “U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander [pictured] and Bob Corker and Tennessee visitors to Washington were treated to a special performance by Susanna Johnson of Murfreesboro and Kameron Myers of Franklin at the legislators’ weekly ‘Tennessee Tuesday’ breakfast. Johnson performed on viola while Myers played violin. Both musicians are participating in this year’s National Symphony Orchestra National Trustees’ Summer Music Institute 2011. ‘I wish the United States Senate could operate with even a small bit of the harmony you two shared with us this morning,’ Alexander told the musicians. ‘I applaud Susanna and Kameron for their talent and commitment to music, which has been a great source of joy in my life since my mother took me to my first piano lesson as a child.’ … Johnson and Myers were among 55 students chosen to participate in this year’s institute, and are the only Tennessee participants. The institute runs for four weeks, during which students receive training and ‘experiences designed to aid aspiring musicians for futures in music,’ according to the Kennedy Center Education Department. Training includes intensive coaching by members of the National Symphony, private lessons, a side-by-side rehearsal with members of the NSO, master classes with NSO musicians, seminars and a concerto competition.”

Posted July 15, 2011