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aMainezing Summer!

I have finally begun to catch my breath after a great 3 weeks spent at the Bowdoin International Music Festival at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. As a woodwind fellow I was there to perform chamber music in a woodwind quintet as well as in the orchestra and any solo performances I could squeeze in. After 21 days those performances totaled 11! I was able to perform 3 solo, 3 orchestra and 5 chamber.

To break those down a bit I began my performances with the Brahms Violin (really oboe!) Concerto.  I was very excited to have the chance to play this amazing solo.  My fellow winds were a great cushion allowing me to float above.

Post Brahms "Oboe" Concerto performance with Ilya Kaler.

Post Brahms “Oboe” Concerto performance with Ilya Kaler.

After that initial concert I got my chance at some solo work on the Bowdoin stage with Lyle Davidson’s Bird of Paradise and Poulenc’s Oboe Sonata.

Later that week it was the Lady Wind Squad’s turn at the stage.  We decided early on that we wanted to prepare a children’s concert, so our first performance boasted some of that program, Berio’s Opus Number Zoo and Derek Bermel’s piece Wanderings.  We had the great fortune to work directly with Bermel for this performance, which was a great added bonus. A few days later we performed our children’s concert adding Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf.  Our “children” were a little older than we imagined, but it was still great fun!

Lady Wind Squad after our first performance together!

Lady Wind Squad after our first performance together!

Lady Wind Squad after our Children's Concert

Lady Wind Squad after our Children’s Concert

My final week of performances kicked off with a chance to show Bowdoin my passion of bringing both of my gifts together in Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise. As is always fun when I perform this piece I witnessed the audience suddenly lean forward as I began to sing.  It was completely unexpected for them and they loved it.

Rachmaninoff Vocalise

Rachmaninoff Vocalise

The last performance I will speak of was performing Mozart’s Eb minor Serenade with (almost) all of the winds.  This was another community concert, this time at a Residential Community in town.  It was a full house and my joy was in the audience members’ joy.  I could feel the few that had a seat not even a foot from me hanging on every phrase.  It was something very special that I will hold dear forever.

 

Outside of all this performing I met some great friends and had some time to explore a bit of Maine. It was of course a must to find lobster, and we certainly did at any opportunity.  And we even had a chance to make it to the beach!

Maine Lobster!

Maine Lobster!

Me at the beach

Me at the beach

The Maine shore is just beautiful!

The Maine shore is just beautiful!

Most days our free time left us exploring the town of Brunswick.  The restaurants were plentiful, which we made sure to try as many as possible, but there were a couple places that continued to be frequented.  I can (but probably shouldn’t) boast that as many concerts I played I probably visited Gelato Fiasco more.  One week is was a destination 5 days in a row.  (Maybe more…)  There were simply too many amazing flavors to try and experience! There was also Joshua’s, which had free popcorn and was a great hangout after a long day to catch up and talk of the upcoming days.

The three weeks will certainly be ones to remember.  I learned so much about my ability as a musician as well as met friends and colleagues that will be around for life.  From here it is only up!

Lady Wind Squad

Lady Wind Squad

 

My next adventure this summer: IDRS – New York!
August 5-9, 2014

 

– another SoprAboist

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Middle of summer already?….

Wow! What a year!…ummm… yeah, sure…

So it has been awhile since I last posted, and all I can say is it has been a busy time since then. I officially completed the first year of my DMA and am moving on to year 2 which I am sure will be just as busy as the last. I love the program at the CUNY Grad Center and am so happy that I have the chance to study there. I will admit it was an extremely difficult adjustment, and one that many may not have wanted to survive through. Besides starting the program I was beginning in a new city – New York City – (of all places) and had to find sources of money. I ended up with a job working in a call center making hotel reservations. (Talk about a stretch from the music!!) I found it to be interesting and frustrating at the same time, but it was flexible and allowed for my own personal work to be attended to in down times. At the height of the year I was working 5 jobs all while fitting in practicing, class, lessons and yes even some time for eating and sleeping.

I have been able to make great connections, see wonderful concerts and sightsee while showing people around that have come to visit. I even perform from time to time! (Come out and see me if you can!)

At the beginning of 2012 I was asked to join Music Mountain as the Festival Manager and that is what has kept me busy since the first of June. It’s such an interesting side of Music, as I am doing all the heavy admin work that most musicians don’t get a chance to experience. I am the one paid employee of the festival so I run the box office, make the print and digital ads, posters, manage the social media, work with the artists, and solve any problems that come my way.

In a few weeks I will be taking to the stage at Music Mountain to give a concert during the 16th Annual Lucarelli Oboe Master Class. I’m extremely exited about the concert and am having a great time rehearsing and practicing. I will post more details about the concert soon, but it is Wednesday, August 8 at 7:30pm.

Have a great rest of the summer!

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– another sopraboist

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