March 2007

March 28, 2007 09:04

Yes!!! One of my students just emailed me and said he got accepted to Brevard with a decent sized scholoarship! I sure hope this means he can go. I have no idea where the family is at financially, but something tells me this is going to be a slam-dunk.

I'm excited for him, of course. It also feels good to me as a teacher to know I'm doing the right things with him.

My cat refuses to leave me alone.

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March 27, 2007 15:52

2 weeks off, and let me tell you, it is long overdue.

Of course, teaching doesn't really stop. Since there is no one unified "spring break" week I'm getting these staggered lessons in. I'm sure most private teachers go through this every spring. Some cancellations, some people getting sick or the flu or something.

As for me, it's two weeks I can use to get back to the gym, get my taxes done, be a homebody, get divorced, start prepping for Brevard, etc. You know, the usual stuff. :)

I've got two students that applied to Brevard this year. I have not heard anything about their acceptance and/or financial aid. I'm so incredibly excited to see them get the chance to go, and I'll be even more stoked if they actually DO go for this summer.

And as for me, this summer, I vow to go to more concerts. I didn't do very much last year, being the New Guy. This year I want to do chamber music. William Preucil is going to come and do the Mendelssohn Octet. Hey, Bill! If you're listening, I've played 4th violin on that one before! Pick me, pick me!!

Actually, to be honest, I'm going in this year having practiced some standard concertmaster solos for one year. Heledenleben, Scheherazade, etc. I'll see if I can get him to listen to me for 10 minutes. Really, that's all I need. Just a little "Hey, am I on the right track? Anything I seem to be missing? Does what I do make sense?" That sort of thing.

I'm branching out and doing other things with my life and time lately. Music is nice, but there is a huge world out there. I'm getting back into photography as well as working out 5 days a week. Music means nothing if your life is miserable. It *is* possible to be a professional and not drive yourself comeplete insane and be... normal.

All for now.

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March 6, 2007 11:09

Been a long time since I blogged. I want to start again and make a regular thing out of it. I used to think blogging could be a way I could vent frustrations out that I felt I couldn't tell people around me, either because they were co-workers or friends that couldn't relate. Turns out ranting in a blog isn't a good idea either. Heh.

2007 is going to be one giant windstorm of activity for me. I'm getting divorced (amicably -- no sympathy needed), and therefore I'm selling the house. So, I shall be moving.... somewhere. Could still be in Spokane, could be somewhere else. I am going back to Brevard again this year (YES!!!) and I hope beyond hope to sell this place before I leave for the summer. Then I'll have 2-3 months with no mortgage or rent payment. Haven't we all had times like that, where we thought about how nice it would be to go back to being a kid and not having to deal with required living expenses? I'm confident the house will sell. It's a good place and I've really enjoyed being here. It's too big for one person, otherwise I would consider keeping it. Plus there are just way to many memories at this point that make me want to change my surroundings. A coat of paint could solve that, though.

I flew across the country to do the Richmond audition last month. I did see one person I knew, though I wasn't able to make contact and actually say hello to her. They had two separate auditions, one for the asst CM spot and one for the section. I got cut the first round for the CM spot. Not sure what I did wrong, there... they stopped me before the end of the required first round pieces. Oh well. Made the finals the next day, for the section spot. I always knew I had the sound of a section violinist anyway. I totally botched the 'La Mer' excerpt. Just had a total brain fart, which sucks because I had just played it on the previous round. All the other excerpts were going REALLY well, too. I could have asked to do it again, but my heart wasn't in it. I've been on the other side of the curtain before, and you've got to be at the top of your game on that particular day. Everybody screws up, but you need to show how solid you are under pressure. I left right after that and took an earlier flight. Interesting side note to this: I would not have taken the job had I done well enough to be offered the job.

Sarah Chang is here this week in Spokane playing Sibelius. I'm very excited... I saw her 10 years ago on PBS playing it with NY Phil. 'nuff said. It's going to kick some major ass.

For those of you in Spokane, pick up an Inlander on March 8th. I was interviewed and photographed last week for a major article on the symphony.

Practicing daily has become a real problem for me because I teach and perform so much. Monday and Tuesday are my big teaching days and I'm so tired after that marathon that it takes two days to recover. Then we perform on the weekend and the cycle starts again. Part of the problem is that I can never guarantee a certain day to do NOTHING and just recharge. Sigh.

Most of my students (and parents) were very worried when I mentioned I'm auditioning elsewhere. I wish I could tell them how difficult it is to land a spot in an orchestra even if you're a great player. The odds are completely stacked against you. It could take years to win another job. Things have to go just right. You have to have the sound they're looking for, you have to of course play well, and you have to make it feel like you would be a good addition to the orchestra. Sounds easier than it actually is. One of my students even asked who could replace me should I leave for a different orchestra. Interesting how connected you get to these families, even though you are technically just trying to run a business and make a living.

So now I'm just going to bite the bullet and take 2 or 3 auditions a year. I could use it as an excuse to see the country if I really have to. It's like one of my teachers said to me: It's not a matter of IF you're going to get a job, it's a matter of WHEN you're going to get that job.

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