Teaching, Special Guests, and Long Distance Running

Another very busy week here.  Many of my beginning clarinet students had their first solo contests and did very well, while my high school students had their band UIL contests with many of the bands earning straight ones.  So proud of everyone and all of their hard work!

Mark Nuccio’s residency here last week was amazing!  I saw him teach a fabulous master class and give a recital last month during Texas Clarinet Colloquium and these events were just as wonderful and inspiring.  This time he gave a lecture along with Eugene Corporon called How I Got There, Not Alone where he answered questions about his career, practicing, and audition preparation.  It was a very down to earth talk with a touch of humor and I thought that his honesty about the process was really refreshing.  I also watched the concert that he played with the University of North Texas Wind Symphony.  Scott McAllister’s Black Dog and the Artie Shaw Concerto were on the program.  Wow!

I also finished the Big D Half Marathon this week!  Originally this was supposed to be my first full marathon but I cut back to the half since the really bad flu season messed up my training.  In hindsight, I’m glad that I did because there was an error during the full marathon and the course ended up being about 27.3 miles instead of 26.2!  That would have been a rough first marathon.