|Dr. Nora Lee Garcia|
Nora Lee’s interest in brain research parallels years of wellness research. She has learned that in order to be physically capable of finding her center during performance, she must be humble and simple through her performances, with zero expectations. If you feel good, your body is able to release any tension and you are then able to play from a place of relaxation and happiness. You are capable of performing from your true center and reaching a level of expression and communication with the audience that is impossible if playing from a place of fear and tension. When conscious of this, you are not discouraged by unexpected setbacks, such as falling ill or losing practice time. You are reassured that you will achieve a beautiful performance by the fact that you draw upon a source of peace, rather than fear or ego.
Motivation is another subject of interest to Nora Lee. She feels that the job of a musician is to continuously find sources of inspiration for performance and practice in order to excel and move forward. No matter how bad a performance you may have, you must always find a balance of mind and body that helps you to center and access the best of yourself. This centering is a personal responsibility crucial to regaining your flow and balance as a performer.
Nora Lee left us with this idea: you must desire to play the flute, to practice, to perform. Once you reach this point, you can unlock the potential to perform in your optimal state as a musician.