Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Robert Marcellus Master Classes

While I was at ClarinetFest in Nebraska, it was announced that there were plans to release recordings of some of the master classes given by Robert Marcellus. They’re available now! Click the link to go directly to the site. This is going to be a really great resource.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Onward to the next project!

I love playing Eb clarinet and I do not get to do it often enough!  I am looking forward to playing a concert with the Midland-Odessa Symphony in a few weeks with Bernstein, Ewazen, Higdon, and Copland on the program.

We had a great time playing with the Monroe Symphony last week.  The concert went well and we found plenty of great things to eat as usual, including a delicious turtle mocha from The Coffee Bean and a really tasty crawfish po boy from The Pickle Barrel.  We ended up going for a run on the levee afterwards since I am still working towards my marathon. 

Unfortunately, I have a mild knee injury so I am taking a few days off from running hoping that it will heal.  This is my first experience with knee problems and it is obviously terrible timing!  I ended up changing to the Route 66 Marathon instead of the Fort Worth Marathon because of a gig conflict (musician life!).  Cross your fingers for me that a little rest is all I need!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Tonight’s program!

Monday, October 14, 2013

What a Wonderful Long Weekend

The weekend started off with an excellent All-Region master class on Friday afternoon, it is really great to hear so many students already so well prepared this far in advance.  I also received a really great surprise because I am now booked as a guest artist for next April the 17th at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.  This is really exciting, I am going to work with the students there in a master class and play a recital.  The event is still a long way off but I am going to go ahead and start looking at some solo pieces for the program.  I also got to spend some time with my SAI sisters working on a few upcoming service projects and our annual benefit musicale.  I’m feeling refreshed and ready for another week of teaching and rehearsals with the Monroe Symphony!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Our next concert is in less than a few weeks on October 19th!  If you are in the area, please join us for Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, Kabalevsky’s Cello Concerto No. 1 (played by this year’s winner of the Marjorie Stricklin Emerging Artists Competition, Neil Nathan), Ibert’s Suite Symphonique, and Sibelius Symphony No. 1 E minor, Op. 39.

If you are interested in competing in the 2014 Marjorie Stricklin Emerging Artists Competition, the application was recently posted on the Monroe Symphony Facebook page.  Happy practicing!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

When on a tight deadline, it helps to have the right shoes! Wish me luck, I’m putting the final touches on a recording.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Practice without purpose, however, is nothing more than exercise. Too many people practice what they’re already good at and neglect the skills that need more work. It’s pleasant to repeat the things we do well, while it’s frustrating to deal with repeated failure. I see this all the time with dancers. If they have great leg extension but deficient arms, they will spend more time working on leg extension (because the effort is more rewarding - it looks good and feels good) and less time on their arms. Common sense should tell them the process ought to be reversed. That’s what the great ones do.” 
A little mid-week practice inspiration from Twyla Tharp’s book, The Creative Habit: Learn it and Use it for Life