Greetings from Oberlin! I'm here two days before the official start of the American Viola Society Festival, because earlier this year I was elected to the board of the AVS, and we have a few days of meetings before the festivities begin. It was a pleasant drive from Muncie, and currently my head is spinning with all of the amazing things the Board has been doing. I ended up at a late dinner with Michael Palumbo, who will be President of the AVS starting in 2017, and that was really pleasant. Our paths have crossed many times professionally, but I think this is the first non-professional conversation we've had. It was great getting to know him a little better.
Each person on the AVS Board is amazing. Not only are we teachers and performers and scholars, but we have amazingly well-traveled members and people from all walks of life from across the country. The one thing that ties us all together? The love of viola and our desire to espouse its wonderfulness to the rest of the world. :)
It's going to be a really excellent week. I'll do my best to stay on top of my blogging, so you all can live vicariously through me. Or if you happen to be at the Festival, even better-- I look forward to chatting with you!