Playing (Less) Hurt


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Janet Horvath won the gold medal in the Independant Publisher (I.P.P.Y.) Awards 2009! 
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Find Janet at the Minnesota Orchestra! Visit the Minnesota Orchestra website for more information.
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Let’s talk about something scary, something musicians are even more reticent to talk about than overuse injury. Hearing loss is on the rise and is a danger to all of us. Read Janet Horvath's white paper on hearing loss for more information.
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Janet Horvath now has a regular column on Interlude HK a classical music online magazine. Her articles range from health issues relevant to professional and student musicians as well as humorous behind-the-scenes- stories about life as a musician. These articles are of interest to all musicians, giving excellent advice on strategies to deal with existing injuries as well as how to avoid injury, and gives an insiders view of all things music!

www.interlude.hk
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Janet Horvath's article on "Posture Pointers" appears in a 2006 issue of Strings Magazine. This article is an excellent overview of the all-important issue of posture and how it relates to tension and injury. Ms. Horvath discusses "Risky Postures," "Tension" and its relationship to posture, "Natural" postures, as well as other points related to appropriate posture for performing musicians.
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When you hear the words "Mahler's Fifth," you probably think "great music." Janet Horvath wants you to think "phenomenal athleticism." Horvath, associate principal cellist of the Minnesota Orchestra and a pioneer in performing arts medicine, has been on a mission to get musicians, instructors and management to realize that playing any instrument is physically demanding. (Interview by Chrys Wu)

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"If you're an orchestral musician you could be at serious risk of long-term hearing damage. Janet Horvath looks at some simple and effective solutions."The Strad (December 2004)

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May042010

“We musicians seem to be willing to self destruct in order to achieve our goals."

"We are willing to tolerate any obstacle in order to recreate the great masterworks of music with passion, and musicality, only to be thwarted by pain and injury. Our identities are wrapped up in our playing. It is our life not merely a vocation. When an injury occurs, our devastation is such that we feel that we are not only inadequate musicians, we feel undesirable and failures as people. This book is intended for any instrumentalist and those who care for them. Our goal is to play with more ease and to prolong our careers. Unlike other athletes, a musician's career oftentimes lasts decades. In order to be successful and avoid the possibility of injury, we must understand the challenges that may occur. Professional and amateur musicians, teachers and students, classical, jazz and rock musicians and doctors and therapists need to understand the risks, the danger signals and what to do should injury strike,” says Horvath, the Minnesota Orchestra’s Associate Principal Cellist for more than three decades.