Bach's music is truly the touchstone to which I always return when attempting to find my center. Perhaps it's just a symptom of the fact that I was raised musically studying his violin concertos, but no composer has taught me more about music, vocal technique, nor instilled in me such a sense of awe and humility.
Also, what a privilege to have this week to work alongside Maestro Rilling yet again - never have I met someone so invested in the growth and deepening of artistry of those who surround him, regardless of age or level of experience. I really feel a true sense of musical family with this man who has lived with the music of Bach for so many years. He is a constant inspiration.
Here's a short documentary about last year's academy...this year has been no less revelatory and touching: