It's hard to believe I had a recital earlier this week. A lot of things went really well, especially the two works I premiered on the program, but as with all live performances, a few funky things happened as well. I haven't listened to the recording yet, but will be posting some videos to my YouTube page in the next week or so. Stay tuned for that.
In the meantime, though, it's full speed ahead. Next weekend I'm hosting the incredible Andrea Priester Houde, viola professor at West Virginia University, who will be the guest faculty member at Ball State's annual Viola Day. The event runs all day on Saturday 24 September, and is open to violists of all ages. Registration is free, but required. The organizational aspects of putting together an event like that have been absorbing my non-teaching hours this week, but I think everything is mostly figured out as of last night. Phew! Who knew being a viola professor meant you also have to be a logistical and organizational expert?! I'll be performing two movements of a Reger Solo Suite at BSU Viola Day, so since Tuesday have been having a good time cleaning the cobwebs off that work.
The weekend after BSU Viola Day, I'm actually traveling to Morgantown, WV, to be one of the guest faculty at their Viola Day! It should be really fun, and it means I get a lot of Andrea time mooshed into two weeks, which is amazing. I'll be performing the first movement of the Brahms Sonata I just performed, as well as two of Rebecca Clarke's Short Pieces for Viola and Piano.
And as though that weren't enough repertoire to re-polish in the next few weeks, I'm also thrilled to be returning to Texas in the middle of October to perform the Bartok Viola Concerto with the Flower Mound Symphony Orchestra. I played the Walton with them in 2010, and am excited to join the group for another of The Big Three. Perhaps in another six years they'll have me back for Hindemith's Der Schwanendreher? :)
Needless to say, I haven't been taking a break since completing my recital. In fact, I just spent a good chunk of time working on some of the most difficult spots in the Bartok (and believe me, there are plenty!), and I'm having a good time. It's amazing to have the kind of job where I really and truly love what I do. Today I got lost in my practicing, like this week I was fully absorbed in my teaching. Though there are a lot of administrative tasks that are dull and time-consuming, the two major portions of my job (teach and play), are enthralling. I'm a lucky gal.