19 thoughts on “CGCA 009 : Kari Conroy”

  1. Really nice interview! I always love seeing glimpses or sounds of Kari’s child in the background and now I know there are 3 of them! Lovely to know you play lullabies to the babies at bedtime. Congrats on your guitar accomplishments!

  2. So great to hear Kari’s guitar story – she is an inspiration to all of us at the academy! I didn’t realize she brought the Bach Adagio to the table – it is fast becoming a favorite of mine! Thank you, Kari! And, as always, thank you Roger for this podcast!

  3. Roger, Kari…great conversation. I came across Adagio on youtube when I found our own Julie Watson playing the piece. Not sure how she came across it but Kari, if you are the source for getting it on our site, thank you, thank you, thank you…I have fallen in love with this short sweet piece. You are raising three little ones and still find time to study guitar…I am in awe, wow!

  4. Great to hear your Podcast again, Roger, and Simon’s update. But alas, the grade 7 and 8 repertoire is a distant dream for me. One day, perhaps I will wake up and find it is reality. And Ms. Conroy, you are an inspiration and followed many members, including moi. You set a great example of dedicated learning fitted around many other commitments. We appreciate your observations, advice, support, cheering, and infectious enthusiasm. That’s leadership!

  5. Roger, Kari,

    A great podcast.

    Roger – thank you for your work on this podcast, and all the other podcasts. They are a great boost to the community and are much appreciated. I did need to answer a question you had – how could someone not take part in the forums? It is simple and something I have said to Simon as well. I am still working and sometimes I need to make a decision – do I post in the forum or do I practice? On some days (like this one) I can do both. Other/most days I need to choose. On those I usually read some of the comments but don’t have enough time to post coherently.

    Kari – I was smiling as I listened to your history. I also started serious study with a 1 credit course in college. I think my parents would have been somewhat shocked to learn that my “homework” consists of 30 minutes for the 4 courses/16 credits I was taking, and 4 hours for the 1 credit course I was taking. But I am still playing the guitar. That other stuff? Think of Guido Sarducci’s 5 minute university ;-)

    All the best to the both of you.


    • Richard,
      Thanks so much for listening. I’ve really enjoyed the insights you share when you do have a chance to post. For what it’s worth, I think you contribute in meaningful ways, even with your time commitments.
      You are such a dedicated guitarist. I look forward to see you grow!
      As for the 1 credit, LOL! I’m glad to know I’m not the only one.

  6. Another great RogerCast! Or maybe we can shorten it further to just RogCast. :) I always the insight you get into your chats with Simon and, even thought I have a decade before I get to grade 7, it’s still exciting to see how the site and the curriculum is always developing and getting better.

    Thank you Kari for giving us an insight into your life! I don’t know how you manage to find the time with 3 little one running around, I’m amazed at your dedication to guitar. When are you going to convince your husband to record a duet piece with you? As usual, I will be stealing prolifically from your example. You’re definitely right about the impact the community has on my progress. I’ve learned just as much from my friends here as I have from my own studies, maybe even more. Good luck prepping for your next concert, send us all an invite!

    • Michael,
      Thanks for having a listen. I have to make a big clarification. My husband studied classical PIANO for eleven years in his youth, NOT guitar. Slip of the tongue on my part. And yes, I would love to get him back to those keys for a duet. ;)

  7. Well done, Kari and Roger. I have a lot to catch up on the podcast front. Haven’t been a regular visitor to these parts. But glad I got to hear from Kari of Nebraska and about her old guitar from the attic that started it all. Wishing you, Kari, a satisfying future, you sure deserve it if only for all the support and appreciation you’ve been giving a lot of us.

  8. Thank you, Roger and Kari, for an enjoyable interview. Both of you work hard to both increase your level of classical guitar performance but also – and maybe just as important – to enhance the value for all of us to be part of this special community of musicians. I am starting now to draft my classical guitar goals for 2019. What a great idea!

  9. Wonderful podcast. Kari, it was great hearing about your journey. Your appreciation for the CGC community was sincere and heart-felt, and I think many of us feel the same way. I hope to see you play with your kids one day on that 3/4 guitar!

  10. This is such a nice podcast. Kari shares some lovely stories about her guitar journey. I love the story about when her fiance bought her a guitar. I also really liked the warm interpersonal discussion between Roger and Kari, Rogers heartfelt reactions to the wonderful stories told by Kari was a treat and made me feel like I was sitting with friends sharing stories.

  11. Oh Jeez – late to the party again. So sorry.

    Another fine job by Roger and another fascinating story.

    In the small world department – I also lived in Nebraska for some time (my wife is from Lincoln and we met there) and grew up in Chicago. My grandmother worked many years for the school district there. I really miss Runzas – we would always get them when visiting my in-laws in Lincoln.

    Thanks for sharing this…

  12. Thanks Roger and Kari! I’m just catching up on some podcasts I missed over the holidays.

    Kari, you really are an inspiration! How do you find the time to play guitar? I wish I had started years ago, but I couldn’t pull it off with 2 kids and a full-time job. Retirement is awesome even if it means a late start.

    I agree with you that beyond the wonderful curriculum at the academy, the encouragement from other members is amazing!

    Cheers, Judy

  13. Thank you Kari and Roger for the conversation. Kari, your journey from the discovery of the guitar in the attic to performing with it in the house concert is an inspiration! I enjoy the candid quality of the interview with heartfelt thoughts.

    Keep laughing and playing,

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