By Sarah Stosiek
This summer I spent an amazing week in the beautiful town of Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic participating in the Lyre Conference organized by Jan Braunstein and Helena Bartosova! The week was filled with workshops and lyre groups, as well as time to explore the town and castle which boasted a bear in the moat, plus evening music sharings, a street performance and a final concert given to the public to cap it all off! Playing the lyre with other people is enjoyable no matter what, but this conference was extra special. As a group of about 25 we learned Czech folk songs, improvised, shared music, learned new techniques and struggled to piece together Pachelbel's Chaconne until we were successful. It truly was a wonderful experience, and I look forward to many similar conferences in the future!