• Summary

  • Narrative interview podcast that investigates how culture and diversity impact the world of chamber music. The Whole Note: Voices of Chamber podcast wishes to explore more about chamber groups’ stories, unique experiences, heritages, struggles, and their accomplishments, all of which connect to the importance of education and community.
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Episodes
  • Episode 03: Catalyst Quartet

    Sep 3 2021

    The Grammy Award Winning Catalyst Quartet was founded by the internationally acclaimed Sphinx Organization in 2010. The ensemble includes Karla Donehew Perez, violin; Abi Fayette, violin; Paul Laraia, viola; and Karlos Rodriguez, cello. We had the pleasure of speaking with Catalyst Quartet members Karla Perez and Paul Laraia. 

    Karla and Paul speak about how their Puerto Rican culture and education have pushed and inspired them to include diversity in their music. Also, how being a chamber musician can bring together connections and build friendships. 

    The Catalyst Quartet discuss their project UNCOVERED, with the mission to celebrate the music of historically-important black composers, including: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, William Grant Still, Joseph Boulogne Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Florence B. Price, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, and George Walker. The music of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Volume 1 of UNCOVERED, is featured in this episode. 

    To check out and stay in touch with the Catalyst Quartet please visit their website https://catalystquartet.com,  Facebook, and Instagram.

    Music in this episode:

    —-Prelude Fantasiestücke by Samuel Coleridge Taylor played by the Catalyst Quartet (Karla Donehew Perez, violin; Abi Fayette, violin; Paul Laraia, viola; and Karlos Rodriguez, cello). 

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    39 mins
  • Episode 02: Tereasa Payne

    Aug 3 2021

    Tereasa Payne is a world flutist and woodwinds specialist in New York City. She is the creator of the "Flutes of the World" concert, a founding member of the Areté Woodwind Doubling Quartet, and has performed in countless Broadway shows as well as the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

    Tereasa's genuine love and passion for music from all around the globe has inspired her to learn more than 20 world flutes from 17 different countries. She speaks about the way in which she hopes to honor the respective native cultures of the flutes by showcasing them and their music to an audience. Her woodwind doubling quartet consists of extremely talented, knowledgeable, and kind musicians, and Tereasa speaks about why chamber music is so special and what sets it apart from solo and larger ensemble performance.

    In this episode, we have the pleasure of featuring a musical excerpt of Tereasa performing folk music and improvisations on several different world flutes. More information about the flutes played can be found on the podcast website.

    To keep up with Tereasa Payne, please visit her website www.TereasaPayne.com or her Facebook page. More information about her "Flutes of the World" concert can be found at www.WorldFlutesConcert.com. To check out Concerts in Motion, the nonprofit organization Tereasa works with, please visit www.ConcertsInMotion.org.

    "And there's a million things I haven't done, but just you wait, just you wait!"
    - "Alexander Hamilton" from the musical Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda 


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    37 mins
  • Episode 01: Brenda Vongova

    Jun 28 2021

    Brenda Vongova is the founder and president of the United Nations Chamber Music Society, and serves in the office of the United Nations Secretary General António Guterres.

    A passionate humanitarian and hardworking musician, Brenda Vongova provides an inspiring insight on how education, religion, and culture has shaped her career as a musician, also elaborating on her work in the United Nations. She discusses the true power of music as a universal language and its ability to promote the values embedded in the United Nations Charter, such as the ideals of peace and respect for human rights and cultures. Brenda Vongova also shares invaluable advice on learning and personal growth, as well as the importance of always having a kind heart.

    In this episode, we have the pleasure of presenting a musical excerpt of Fanny Hansel Mendelssohn's "Piano Quartet in A-Flat Major," performed by the United Nations Chamber Music Society in celebration of International Women's Day on March 8, 2021.

    The United Nations Chamber Music Society is active all year long, planning events every month. To keep up with Brenda Vongova and this wonderful, talented group of musicians, please visit www.unchambermusic.org or visit them through Instagram @UNchambermusic.

    "Music can help rebuild our societies better, and create the future we want. Through historic and artistic reflection, and the creative and intellectual capacities it fosters, music helps us find meaning and purpose in life."
    - Brenda Vongova, President of the UN Chamber Music Society

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    23 mins

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