My massage this morning was AMAZING, and so SO needed. Jo Ann Hunt is a great massage therapist. What a wonderful way to start the day (though I did take my recycling to the recycling center first-- Booo on Lubbock for not having curb-side recycling!). Then I headed to school, where I met with two new private students-- sisters who recently started playing viola. We met for the first time last week, and now they're well on their way to overcoming their violinistic tendencies and starting to sound like real violists.
I also had a real breakthrough with one of my doctoral students this afternoon-- I asked her to use more arm weight, and all of the sudden she had a rich, singing tone... All of this time I thought her instrument just couldn't do it, and then today she started to sound AMAZING. It was really great!
And then, finally, I rehearsed with Annie Chalex Boyle and five talented Texas Tech students (Jeffrey Lastrapes is out of town, but he'll be playing too) on two movements of Mendelssohn's Octet, which we will perform on Sunday and Monday. It was a lot of fun, though surprisingly challenging to play the Viola 2 part after having recently played the Violin 4 part in Brazil! Funny that. But it was a good time and I'm looking forward to tomorrow's rehearsal.