American Bach Soloist Academy, great performances and super people!

What a feast of fine music making. I studied with Robert Mealy and Elizabeth Blumenstock premiere baroque violinists for this fabulous festival. Highlights included performances of the Bach b minor Mass and Purcell’s King Arthur with the festival orchestra and chorus. It was really meaningful to play in several chamber music ensembles and a chamber orchestra too.  I’m reminded of …

First gig

I received a sweet note from a parent recently: Sienna’s first gig… she had a bake sale today to raise money for kittens, and got a lot of tips playing her violin!  This week she said “Do you think there are violins in heaven, because I want to play forever.”  

Performance Mindset

I found myself coaching an advanced student the other day about her approach to her concerto cadenza. Student when asked, “How is the cadenza?”  replied, “I don’t know if I can play it in tune?” The word “don’t” stimulated me to ask her if she had ever heard of the children’s book, “The Little Engine that Could”.   In the …

Choose Your Sound

Last Monday’s intermediate violin group class (level 4-5) really sounded fabulous! They will be playing in a concert with all of the other levels on June 5. Our project for the day was called, “Choose your tone.” We explored the tone of our “review” pieces (we memorize cumulatively all of the Suzuki Repertoire and review it while refining technique). Step …