2016: A Round-up Review!

Well, 2016 is coming to a close, as all years do, and it’s been one of the most professionally exciting and challenging years yet! It was one of the most diverse years for types of gigs, music learned, and students taught. Here’s a little recap of what 2016 looked like for me:

Performance Highlights:

January: BrassChix presentation to 12 delightful young women trombonists plus a performance of the first movement of Red Dragonfly; performing Stravinsky’s Octet with Winona Chamber Winds

February: “Lunch With…” in Sundin Hall at Hamline, a 30 minute recital for the community; auditioning for the doctoral program at the U of Mn

March: Exultate Choir and Orchestra’s performance of their signature pasticchio mass; Easter services at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in S Mpls,

April: Sitting in with the Hamline Wind Ensemble on bass trombone

May: Conducting and performing with the Hamline Brass Choir; The Satellites played the Dakota and 612Brew; Metro Brass presented “Hold On Tight” at the Capri Theatre in N Mpls

June: Something like a month off? Ha!

July: Brass Lassie at the Minnesota Scottish Fair; The Satellites at the Icehouse; Mill City Five at Como Pavillon

August:  Mill City Five at Minnehaha Falls and Bistro La Roux in Circle Pines; The Satellites back at Icehouse

September: My first performance with the UMN Wind Ensemble!

October: UMN Collage Concert, playing with both Trombone Choir and U Symphony Orchestra

November: Brass Lassie at Celtic Junction; UMN Trombone Choir feature recital; USO performance of concerto competition winners; Minnehaha Repertory Orchestra’s yearly concert

December: Holiday concerts with the UMN Trombone Choir, bass bone in the Hamline Wind Ensemble again; Holiday Polka with Brass Barn Polka Band at Bauhaus Brew Labs; Christmas services at St John the Baptist in New Brighton; and of course, my first doctoral recital!

Teaching Highlights: 

I taught over 800 individual lessons this year to 30 different individuals, helping them win spots in All-State bands, local honor groups like GTCYS and Minnesota Junior Winds, preparing them for solo and ensemble performances, and overall enjoying their company and growth as astonishing young musicians and people. I’m incredibly proud to have raised of $3000 in scholarship funds to allow low-income students to take lessons for a year. I continued my work at Hamline University and took on a new collegiate job at Century College in White Bear Lake.

Personal Highlights: 

I traveled to NYC, San Diego, Lutsen MN, St Louis, Iowa, and Chicago. I saw good friends and met amazing new folks. I hiked, kayaked, camped, and stewarded my gorgeous state’s natural resources. I biked all over Minneapolis and St Paul. I started my doctorate while balancing a full freelancing and educational career.

What’s in store for 2017?

The plan is to keep rocking it out. Brass Lassie, The Satellites, and Mill City Five all have more to come. My second doctoral recital is currently on the schedule for April 17th. I’ll present at BrassChix again in January and will also perform portions of my recital for the kids of St Louis Park. I have big ideas and big plans for both my teaching and my art, so stay tuned. 🙂

 

Weekly Round-up 8/29/16

Performances:

Satellites:
Sept 24 9p-1a Glueks Downtown

Mill City Five:
Sep 23 8-11p Bistro La Roux

Rehearsals:  Free of rehearsals- It’s UMn Welcome Week!

Practicing: Annie Laurie, Red Dragonfly, Bitsch No 1, Telemann Canonical Sonata No 1, Rochut No 13. AND UMN Ensemble audition repertoire. *exhausted emoji*

Listening: Brahms 2

(LENNNYYYY)

Bonus:

Teaching: Going to be a light week of teaching. Hoping to get everyone feeling strong for school, which starts this week.

Studying: UMN entrance exams. On repeat. TOMORROW.

Relaxing: WTF’s (my women’s comic book club) 2 YEAR anniversary picnic, waking up and immediately taking a nap, bike rides, Eloise Butler.

Weekly Round-up 8/22/16

Performances:

Satellites:
Aug 26 10p-1230a Icehouse
Sept 24 9p-1a Glueks Downtown

Mill City Five:
Aug 26 7-830p Minnehaha Falls Pavilion
Sep 23 8-11p Bistro La Roux

Rehearsals: Satellites on Thursday to learn three new songs for our sets at Icehouse Friday!

Practicing: Annie Laurie, Red Dragonfly, Bitsch No 1, Telemann Canonical Sonata No 1, Rochut No 13. AND UMN Ensemble audition repertoire. *exhausted emoji*

Listening: Lots and lots of Clara Schumann.

Teaching: Practicing habits for all modalities and learning styles.

Studying: UMN entrance exams. On repeat. This is next week. I won’t talk about it any more after that, I promise.

Relaxing: Kayaking, biking, hanging with friends, just trying to get all the summer in I can in the next two weeks.

Weekly Round-up 8/15/16

Performances:

Satellites:
Aug 26 10p-1230a Icehouse
Sept 24 9p-1a Glueks Downtown

Mill City Five:
Aug 20 4-6p Bistro La Roux Patio Grand Opening party
Aug 26 7-830p Minnehaha Falls Pavilion

Rehearsals: No rehearsals for me this week.

Practicing: Annie Laurie, Red Dragonfly, Bitsch No 1, Telemann Canonical Sonata No 1, Rochut No 13.

Listening: Finished my arrangements of PYT and Come to My Party this weekend. I start next on Groove Me.

Teaching: Breathe.

Studying: UMN entrance exams. On repeat. New Recital Rep in the pipeline- Beethoven and Grafe and Fetter.

Relaxing: As much hammock time as I can fit in. And kayaking.

Weekly Round-up 8/8/16

Performances:

Satellites:
Aug 13 5-6p Chapel Hill Church Fundraiser
Aug 26 10p-1230a Icehouse!

Mill City Five:
Aug 20 4-6p Bistro La Roux Patio Grand Opening party!
Aug 26 7-830p Minnehaha Falls Pavilion

Rehearsals: No rehearsals for me this week.

Practicing: Annie Laurie, Red Dragonfly, Bitsch No 1, Telemann Canonical Sonata No 1.

Listening: Just watching the Olympics.

Oh AND, saw Corinne Bailey Rae last night at First Ave. Holy cow. What a joyous, warm, wonderful, funky performance.

Teaching: Approach everything with open-mindness.

Studying: UMN entrance exams. On repeat.

Relaxing: What a marvelous weekend. Farmer’s Market, kayaking, Open Streets NE, Corinne Bailey Rae- and the weather was perfect. I’ll take another, please!

Weekly Round-up 8/1/16

Performances:

Satellites:

Aug 3 6-8p Park United Methodist Fundraiser
Aug 13 5-6p Chapel Hill Church Fundraiser
Aug 26 10p-1230a Icehouse!

Mill City Five:

Aug 20 Time TBD Bistro La Roux Patio Grand Opening party!
Aug 26 7-830p Minnehaha Falls Pavilion

Rehearsals: No rehearsals for me this week.

Practicing: Annie Laurie, Red Dragonfly, Bitsch No 1, Telemann Canonical Sonata No 1.

Listening: Podcasts: This American Life, Radiolab, Two Dope Queens, Classical Classroom, Mortified.

Teaching: Be Musical.

Studying: UMN entrance exams. On repeat.

Relaxing: Wonderful weekend spent in Cedar Rapids with my honey. We drove out to Maquoketa State Park and climbed around in caves. 10/10 would spelunk again.

Weekly Round-up 7/25/16

Performances:

Satellites:

Aug 3 6-8p Park United Methodist Fundraiser
Aug 13 5-6p Chapel Hill Church Fundraiser
Aug 26 10p-1230a Icehouse!

Mill City Five:

Aug 20 Time TBD Bistro La Roux Patio Grand Opening party!
Aug 26 7-830p Minnehaha Falls Pavilion

Rehearsals: No rehearsals for me this week either.

Practicing: Annie Laurie, Red Dragonfly, Bitsch No 1, Telemann Canonical Sonata No 1.

Listening: CHVRCHES

Teaching: The usual. Ear on the prize.

Studying: UMN entrance exams. On repeat.

Relaxing: My birthday was very delightful thanks in large part to the success of reaching the first goal in my scholarship campaign! I also saw Ghostbusters again (You try saying no to these salty parabolas), enjoyed games with friends, went to the Little Mekong Night Market, and took a hammock nap.