It took a while, but I got my teaching schedule set. It's going to be a busy semester! I'll start teaching on Tuesday next week, as Monday is Labor Day. Next week will be especially busy, as one of my DMA students will be in town and wishes to meet multiple times during the week for lessons and dissertation discussions. But I'm up to the challenge! I think the only possible downside will be lack of energy for exercise. We'll see how that works out.
I had a great rehearsal with Natasha today. It has been so long since I've played for myself, it seems. I got so wrapped up in playing the Brahms today, I nearly started crying happy tears. It was wonderful. I look forward to refining our performance for the recital!
I also finally had a chance to go to the hardware store to pick up some PVC pipe so that I can mail my bow to Joshua Waybright, so that he can fix it. That'll be nice. It's interesting playing on my old bow again-- I used it for the first ten years of my viola career, and only last year did I get my new bow. It really opened and brightened my viola's sound. I haven't used my old bow in over a year, and while my viola still sounds great, I feel it is less refined. I look forward to getting back my Eric Fournier bow!
And I have been officially invited to a music festival overseas. I'm looking into funding options so won't say more until I know something for sure. BUT I am so very excited about the prospect of going to a festival in a country I've never been, teaching and playing beautiful music with internationally renowned artists. Wow!