Me: Hi, Zoe, what are you doing? Are you eating lunch? She: *pause* *nod* Me: What are you eating? A tortilla? She: *silence* He: Zoe, when someone asks you aContinue readingLearning Manners
Running and Recitalling
I was out for a ten-miler over the weekend and it struck me how similar a half-marathon is to a recital. In both, the hardest part is at the veryContinue readingRunning and Recitalling
CHROMA stress brain
My stress brain is not my friend. This week is the first performance of my BIG SHOW, Chroma. I’ve been working on this project for a year, and while I’veContinue readingCHROMA stress brain
So what can I learn from this one? I don’t really know why this audition was so much weaker than the one I took two weeks ago. In Nashville IContinue readingWhat Happened?
She SHOULD be afraid?
We went to a party recently. A baby shower. And although there were other children there, Zoe was clearly the life of the party. She is friendly and delightful, evenContinue readingShe SHOULD be afraid?
I looked at my music before the first rehearsal. Of course I did. I skimmed a little bit through the pieces I’d played before and the parts that looked easy,Continue readingSlow Practice
Upcoming Concerts and a Treat From My Archive
This Friday night the Northwest Indiana Symphony has a great concert. Our featured piece is the Dvorak Cello Concerto, which is one of my all-time favorites. In fact, after theContinue readingUpcoming Concerts and a Treat From My Archive
Mired in Mozart
A student said the other day, “Working on Mozart makes me feel…” and he pulled his elbows in close to his sides and vividly mimed being constricted in a veryContinue readingMired in Mozart