Viola viola viola!

Wow, what a day. I am exhausted. It started off less than ideal, with me waking up at 4:30 AM and being unable to get back to sleep. I finally got up at about 5:30, answered a bunch of emails and took care of other "housekeeping" tasks before heading to work. I got a whopping half hour of practice in before my first student arrived, but it was really good to have even that little amount of  viola alone time.

In the afternoon, the faculty quartet met for the first time. My colleagues are such talented musicians! We read the entire Beethoven quartet, op 74 ("The Harp"), then played some of the Debussy before we decided it was too much to perform well, given everything else each of us has going on. After some discussion we read some of Tchaikovsky's Quartet No. 1, which I hadn't previously know, but it was beautiful! We will program the Tchaikovsky and Beethoven on our concert in March. Fun! I'm looking forward to really working on this amazing music-- it has been too long since I've played chamber music!

And finally studio class. Three brave souls performed in front of their peers, and they all did incredibly well incorporating the new ideas I've been giving them (in a nutshell-- NO TENSION when playing viola!) while "on the spot." We played some group scales, and finally pizzas arrived! We decided last week to have a "viola hang" to get to know each other a little better. We sat around chatting for about another hour while everyone ate pizzas and drank soda. It was really nice.

I'm going to start editing a student's DMA document now, then head to bed. I am exhausted!

...In a very fulfilled and happy way. By the end of tomorrow, I will have met with all of my students, so that is exciting. So far I am extremely happy with their attitudes and willingness to accept ideas with which they are unfamiliar. Teaching viola is such a rewarding task!

Happy practicing!