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How to turn your home into a music venue…for a night.

A couple months ago I got really motivated to travel.  Not just “regular” motivated, but motivated like a SUPERWOMANWARRIOR who was ready to perform ANY FEAT in order to get out of the state of Kansas, quite literally.  I’m a Sagittarius which apparently means my blood will boil in apathetic slime if I am not trekking around the globe with my bow and arrow (or, should I say, bow and fiddle).  My last trip was to visit my dad in North Carlolina, but before that it had been 9 sad, long months since I’d last packed my bags.  GASP! Read more

20 Things I wish I’d learned in music school….

I will never forget the time that, after 4 years of being a conservatory music student, I walked into my advisor’s office and said, “What kind of jobs do music students get after they graduate?” My advisor replied, “Most of our music students get entry level corporate jobs.”  I wish she had told me that BEFORE I forked over 40K to get that answer.  I left her office, feeling lost and confused, wondering what I could possibly do after all the theory exams and juries were over. Read more


Busking.  Its something I’ve never done until just recently.  A friend of mine asked me “What if another musician you know sees you?”  I took that “what if” along with me to my first morning playing at the City Market last Saturday.  It activated my anxiety on the car ride there and as I carried my folding chair and my old fiddle case to my spot.  There were all these people going about their business buying vegetables and standing in line at food trucks and I was supposed to just set up in the middle of everyone and start playing.  And what if someone saw me?  There was no where to hide. Read more


By Kristin Shafel Omiccioli

After hitting it off as students at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, Kansas City natives violinist Laurel Morgan and cellist Sascha Groschang maintained their friendship and officially formed alternative strings duo The Wires in 2009. Since then, the pair has found fresh arrangements of pop hits to perform, run a Creative Strings Workshop in the summer, and recorded and released its eponymous debut album in early 2013. Read more

Wayward Weekender: Olympic Size, In the Pines, the Life and Times

Posted by on Mon, Jun 1, 2009 at 8:59 AM

As far as I know, neither Olympic Size nor In the Pines have ever played a wedding. This past Saturday, both bands came close, playing on a deck tucked behind the Westport restaurant and special events establishment Californo’s, where on the larger indoor/outdoor side of the venue, a wedding reception was taking place. Some 50 or so eaters and drinkers paid $7 to hear the bands, while, just across the sidewalk that leads away from the front door of Murray’s ice cream, wedding guests got a taste of the best homespun music KC has to offer, for free. Read more