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The Mind Over Finger Podcast

Dec 15, 2023

Backstage conversation with Paul Lueders, Principal Oboist of the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra.

We chat about:

  • The challenges of performing multiple shows a day
  • The audition process
  • Overcoming performance anxiety
  • Paul’s specific warm-ups and mindset to prepare for long opera performances
  • His approach to phrasing and musicality
  • Some of his practicing tips
  • And much more!


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Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show’s musical theme:  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra – Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.