Teaching and Playing

On Friday I had the distinct pleasure of teaching a master class to five of Dr. Katherine Lewis' wonderful viola students at Illinois State University. I really love working with college-aged students, and I hope that the participants and observers got something out of the class. It was also fun to see Dr. Kate-- we had a nice lunch before-hand. :)

Now I'm gearing up to go to the ASTA conference in Tampa. I leave on Wednesday, and am presenting a session at 4 on Thursday: "How Loud is Too Loud?" If you'll be at the conference, I hope you'll come and learn about this very important issue.

But before I head to Tampa, I have to perform my recital! Tomorrow evening, 7:30 PM in Sursa Hall, free and open to the public. I rehearsed with Trio Harmonia last night, and I'm looking forward to making music with them again tomorrow evening. We are performing a trio by J.C. Bach (originally for violin, viola, and keyboard), as well as one my Phillipe Gaubert, originally for violin, flute, and piano. I've had fun transcribing sections of the violin part down an octave, and I think the work sounds even better for viola than for violin (but then again, I am slightly biased), especially blended with the flute and piano. I'll round out the recital with Hindemith's 1937 Solo Sonata. It should be a great concert, with a diverse range of music. I hope you'll come!

Happy practicing.