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23 October 2012

Mauldin at age 18. Born in Texas in 1947, Michael Mauldin first visited New Mexico in the 1950's when his father, a Presbyterian minister, brought his family to church retreats at Ghost Ranch, near Abiquiu. Michael determined as a boy that he wanted to live in a place like that - a place that "not only surrounds you with space, but that opens up new space inside you."

It wasn't until after completing a Bachelor of Music degree in piano and music education at Washburn University in Topeka and graduate work in piano pedagogy at the University of Colorado at Boulder, that Mauldin decided to fulfill his childhood wish. He came to Albuquerque in 1971, in time for a new-year's-day earthquake. He opened a private studio for instruction in piano and composition and joined the Albuquerque Music Teachers Association, the New Mexico Composers Guild and the New Mexico Music Teachers Association, all of which he served in various capacities, including the presidency of each.

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14 January 2013

Josh Layne, harpist. "When I was learning 'Birds in Winter' in 1997, I found that, as I knew it better and better, I continually found more things within it to appreciate. I played it as part of my 1998 recital, and decided to repeat it again on this year's program. Relearning it this summer, I was reminded again of how much I like the piece. It has also been very popular with the audience on both occasions." 
--Josh Layne, harpist, Victoria, B.C.

"It was such a joy to see you conduct--and I saw moments when you were really enjoying your own music! It doesn't get any better than that." 
--Joey D'Agostino, Albuquerque

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14 January 2013

Image of Albert Einstein. "A human being is part of the whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and of a foundation for inner security."
-Albert Einstein