Sunday, September 29, 2013

Lifelong Learners

What if you could take a free online class from the Curtis Institute of Music, would you go for it?  Now you can, thanks to Coursera!  I recently found out about these courses while reading an article in the New York Times about a class that the Curtis Institute had offered this summer that had attracted more than 25,000 people.  So I am enrolled for the next one that begins in a few days, “From the Repertoire: Western Music History through Performance.”  There are two tracks for the class, one for people who have little or no experience with music and another one for musicians.  Check it out if you are interested, there are also tons of other courses being offered on a variety of different topics and by other institutions. 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Rachmaninoff and Beethoven with the Abilene Philharmonic

We are busy here in Abilene rehearsing for our concert tomorrow with the Abilene Philharmonic.  We will be performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3.  It is going to be a great concert, please join us if you are in the area!

We enjoyed our breakfast with our colleagues this morning.  I do believe that Texas-shaped waffles taste better than normal waffles.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Everything is back in full swing!  The majority of my private lesson studio is scheduled and I have been busy teaching and meeting new students.  I have also been visiting a lot of sixth grade classes and introducing them to the clarinet.  They were really amazed by the opening solo in Rhapsody in Blue and it was fun to see their reactions!  I am also getting ready for a concert with the Abilene Philharmonic in a few weeks.  We will be performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 so it should be a really great concert.  If you are in the Abilene area on September 21st, you should come and check it out.  Nothing beats hearing live music!

This last week, we also kicked off the school year with a luncheon of the Denton Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota.  We had a great turn out and it was wonderful to meet and socialize with some of my wonderful sisters, I don’t get to see them enough!