Working in music can be very difficult, especially when running an ensemble. Besides maintaining strict personal musical standards, we have to meet with donors, go to board meetings, finish the program notes, and send endless emails (among other things). With all of the work, sometimes we need to unplug, take a break, and remember our why (and perhaps listen to that piece we’ve been meaning to). It’s the only way to avoid burnout. One of my conducting teachers told me that a career in music is a marathon, not a sprint, and we should pace ourselves accordingly. How can you inspire without being inspired yourself?