Phew, it's been a really busy couple of weeks! Last week I played with Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and next week I'll join the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra again, so things aren't letting up yet. Before then, though, I am joining the Anderson Symphony Orchestra and Sandi Patty for a Valentine's Day Pops concert this Saturday. It should be fun!
Playing with all of these different orchestras is very rewarding. It's great to play so much repertoire in such a consolidated amount of time, especially because a lot of it is new to me! Last week with Fort Wayne, we performed Listz's Les Preludes, Hanson's Symphony No. 2, and Bruch's Scottish Fantasy (with violinist Sabrina-Vivian Höpcker)-- all works I'd never played before! A few weeks ago with ISO, I played Strauss' Alpine Symphony, which I had never played either. It's great expanding my orchestral repertoire, meeting local musicians, and getting to hear soloists with whom I was not yet familiar... though, I must admit, it has been hard to make time to practice my recital repertoire. Eek! I'll have to put into better practice the time-management skills I encourage my students to adopt.
Another exciting performance happened this past Monday, when the Ball State University Viola Choir had it's inaugural performance during general recital hour (every Monday, the School of Music has a recital hour, either general or area, during which students can perform). I am so proud of my students! Viola Choir is fun. =) It's my favorite hour of the week, because we all get together and make awesome viola sounds without the stress that can sometimes accompany solo repertoire. It's great to see my students in a less formal setting than their lessons, and to give them another venue to incorporate musical ideas along with the technical changes I ask of them. Plus, we often have at least one other faculty member join us, so the group has a real sense of community. We are working on more repertoire and I hope that next year we'll be ready for a full concert.