The Most Beautiful Music of All - Sunday, August 4, 2019
We live in a world that seems obsessed with power—political power, military power, earning power. Popular movies even imagine superhuman powers. Few of us, if any, experience much of those powers. But there is a power that we can all have, and it’s the most important and most lasting power in the world. It is the power to influence others for good.
Think of the people who have helped shape your life and your outlook. Think of the teachers, role models, and friends who helped you become the person you are today. For many talented flutists, the person they think of is Myrna Brown of Denton, Texas. Myrna was an outstanding flutist who performed in well-known orchestras. But her powerful influence was felt most strongly by her five children and the many aspiring musicians she taught over the years. And her influence extended around the world, as Myrna served for more than a dozen years as the executive coordinator for the National Flute Association, which now has thousands of members from more than 50 countries.
One of her former students described feeling nervous before her first lesson, but when she met Myrna, she said, “My nervousness disappeared.” “My new soft-spoken teacher introduced me to the many different aspects of the flute discipline,” she said. “But most of all, she taught me to find confidence within myself.” 1
That’s power. For Myrna, the flute was the means, but the method was her heart—helping others with gentleness and love.
One of those whom Myrna influenced is Jeannine Goeckeritz, now principal flutist in the Orchestra at Temple Square. Jeannine, like her mentor, looks for ways to influence others with her music. “To me, the flute represents more than beautiful music. It represents an opportunity to bless someone’s life—to bring people together, to lift them, maybe even to heal a wounded heart. That’s what Myrna Brown did for many people, and I hope I can do that too.”
The music of the flute is one of the oldest and most beautiful sounds in musical history. But the most beautiful music of all is the kind we create when we give of ourselves to influence others for good.
1 Berlinda A. Lopez, in “A Tribute to Myrna Brown,” The Flutist Quarterly, Winter 1991, 11.
Aug. 4, 2019
Broadcast Number 4,690
The Tabernacle Choir
Orchestra at Temple Square
Morning Has Broken
Gaelic melody; arr. Mack Wilberg
Lead, Kindly Light
John B. Dykes; arr. Mack Wilberg
Festive Trumpet Tune
Happy and Blest Are They, from St. Paul
Who Will Buy? from Oliver!
Lionel Bart; arr. Michael Davis
My God, My Portion, and My Love
American folk hymn; arr. Mack Wilberg