"You don't go into this field unless somewhere inside, you're deeply romantic. I've had students look at me, startled, when I say this because they've never really seen themselves in such a light. But, mira, if you've pledged your very life to this endeavor of music, you're going for it!  Going. For. It. And you've given creativity a very serious — and beautiful — mandate." 

— Gabriela Lena Frank