The Practice of Listening
All Angels' Church, 251 W 80th Street (& Broadway)
New York City
Hsing-ay Hsu, 2022-2023 Artist-in-Residence
Seth Little, Director of Music and Art
Main In-Person Events
SUN 10/23 1-2:30pm Nutmeg Studio Adult Piano Masterclass
SAT 11/13 7pm Expanding Joys of Conscious Listening House Concert (UWS)
Date TBA: AAC Artists Gathering
SAT 3/25 12-1pm Conscious ListeningTM Online Café
SUN 3/26 1:15-3pm Nutmeg Studio Chamber Music Masterclass
How do you listen and communicate to sync up in music?
SAT 3/4 - 4/15 Online Listening Intensive for Adult Lifelong Learner Musicians
YouTube Conversations and Blogs
Coming soon: "The Practice of Listening with Seth Little", THU 10/6 2pm ET
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I am thrilled to be the 2022-2023 Artist-in-Residence at All Angels' Church in New York City, exploring "The Practice of Listening"! When I first created Conscious ListeningTM, I was looking for ways to expand the way audiences listen and engage with concert music. Since then, I spent fourteen years working with University of Colorado students on how to rehearse and collaborate in a way that was led by listening, so that the performance was personally meaningful and multidimensional. In this next chapter of my work, I want to explore why the quality of listening is important to life as well, and how a regular practice of listening is an essential part of being an engaged and creative community member.
Founded as an Episcopal settlement parish in the historical Seneca Village, All Angels' Church has always had a reputation for bringing people of different backgrounds and circumstances together, bridging art and faith, and listening to a diversity of voices including those of vulnerable and spiritually exhausted New Yorkers. (Its parishioners included Madeleine L'Engle.) In our society of ever increasing complexity and diversity of values, the compression of time to process and absorb information, and an epidemic of loneliness, we are more challenged than ever to find common ground and pathways forward. I am moved to use music listening as a way to cultivate a creative mode for connecting to ourselves and others, and for creating a safer culture of listening. How encouraging to partner with Seth Little, Director of Music and Art, and the community at All Angels' Church on this adventure!