AAC Practice of Listening Residency
Thank you for supporting my work in the practice of listening through participating in my Conscious ListeningTM work, research, and development. It's a personal kind of activism. Growing up female and Asian, there is an expectation that I keep my thoughts to myself. But listening is about building relationships and exchanging empathy. So I learned to use my voice in new and indirect ways. While this residency is over, I remain dedicated to evolving my work, and it is made possible by your support.
I invite you to stay involved with a Conscious Listener Membership.
Listening to Explore Possibilities
Listening for Authenticity
The Power of Listening
Listening to Create Belonging and Dignity
Fostering a Culture of Active Listening
Investing in Forgiveness: The Transformative Power of Collective Confession on the Path to Reconciliation
The Intersection of Christian Faith and Social Activism
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
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.
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!
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)
TUE 12/17 10:30am Caroling at Pathways with Seth
FRI 1/27 7pm AAC Artists Gathering
SAT 3/25 12-1pm Conscious ListeningTM Online Café
SUN 3/26 1:15pm-2:45pm Nutmeg Studio Chamber Music Masterclass
How do you listen and communicate in music?
SAT 3/4 - 4/15 Online Piano Intensive for Adult Lifelong Learner Musicians
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Sunday, March 26, 2023
The Collab Project Program
*Doxology - Old Hundreth, Arranged by the AAC Youth Group
*Hosting a Creative Space: The Alcotts' by Ives
*A Musical Lexicon for Dance Intentions
*Reflections and Next Steps for this Residency
Chamber Music Masterclass Program
Beethoven - Allegretto for Piano Trio, WoO 39; coached by Amy Kim
Mozart - Movement from Sonata for Violin and Piano in e minor
Mozart - Movement from Jupiter Symphony, Piano 4 hands
Blog: Creating Space for Brave Endeavors
Playing chamber music builds active listening skills and emotional empathy, as well as the more advanced social skills of learning how to cue others what you need and learning to intuit the group energy accurately. I believe we are designed not only to create, but also to collaborate. And to do that, we need to practice our listening, in music and in life, in order to expand our awareness and diversity of skills, and simultaneously integrate our learning into an ever evolving new version of ourselves.