Yesterday was BSU Viola Day! Fun was had by all-- at least, I know I had fun! It was such a pleasure to welcome the incredible Professor Andrea Priester Houde as our guest artist. Her bubbly spirit and enthusiasm for pedagogy (not to mention her superb viola playing!) gave the day a truly fun-filled, energetic, and yet scholastic air.
In addition to short performances by the two of us, master classes, and a pedagogy class, we had a massive Viola Ensemble with all participants. I know I'm biased, but there really isn't a sound more pleasing than that of multiple violas! There's such a richness and depth to the tone, and a vast array of colors. It just envelops the senses and often gives me chills (the good kind). I really really love viola. :)
Around Viola Day activities, Professor Houde and I even managed a few in-depth (and to the non-violist, super nerdy!) discussions about technique, and I picked up a few tips I'm looking forward to trying out. Though Viola Day is geared towards the students, I love that I learn so much from my inspirational colleagues too. That's one of the wonders of music-- there is always something new to discover, be it a new piece of music, a new way of interpreting a familiar technique, or something completely eye opening... and that's what keeps us so engaged. As a musician and educator, I know every day has a new adventure in store.