Post-Bartok Fall Break

It's Fall Break here at Ball State University, and I am enjoying every minute of it! After Thursday's Bartok performance, I feel like I really deserve this break. The concert went really well, and I am quite happy with my performance. A few minor things occurred, but nothing that detracted from the music I was trying to express. Surprisingly, I wasn't very nervous when I went on stage. After last semester's recital, this was completely unexpected, but very welcome. I was calm and in complete control of my faculties. I felt connected to my instrument, my sound, and that I was able to portray my musical voice easily. It was a really wonderful sensation, and I hope it is the new norm for when I perform. I ate four bananas in the hours before going on stage, and I can't help but wonder if that was part of the reason? I've always eaten A banana before going on stage, but never four. I'll try it again for my next big performance and let you know...

It turns out the video is still available at this link, but I don't know for how much longer it will be active. It is the entire concert, so unless you want to watch the BSSO perform a beautiful Puccini overture, skip to 35:41, which is when I go on stage. 

Thanks for watching, and happy practicing!