Oops. I just got my CRSO Masterworks 1 music today. No Shostakovich 10 this concert. Where did I see that? So we're playing "Pines of Rome" and Elgar's "In the South" Concert Overture. I've never played the latter. One little itty bitty solo in it. There are also some fine low B-flats on English horn. Hmm...Elgar...now it's not like the Mahler low B-flats where it kind of warrants an instrument extension. These are little flourishes and arpeggios that reach down there. That's when you insert rests into your part.
If you understood any of that, congratulations. You are now qualified to play English horn in a symphony.
Students were half good today and 1/4 not there. Said-student from last week (weeding, anyone?) did not show, and I'm not prepared to chase down this father. I've been looking for a way out for far too long. My two new students are both great--one 10 year old and one 7 year old. They fill out my little piano studio nicely, as my other two students (brother and sister) are stars. I love them and their family. I must say, I won't be sorry to see some pieces go though. Goodbye, "I've Got the Blues"...can hardly stand it...and it's not the student's fault. Moving on to better pieces next week.
Dave took a phone message for me today from the Des Moines Symphony School, or the Guild, or something (I believe those were Dave's exact words...good thing they're calling back tomorrow), asking me to teach a World Music class. I laughed out loud. I have never even taken a single World Music class. I don't know the details of this teaching position, but somehow I doubt I'm qualified.
I am, however, qualified to teach Woodwind Methods, and I will be teaching this at Simpson College this fall!!!! Very exciting! I don't want to step on the oboe teacher's toes, but they ("they" meaning Dave and other faculty members) have been trying to figure out a way to get me more involved at Simpson. The next couple of years may bring me Ear Training class and Music History. They're short of professors right now, and I guess I'll technically be adjunct. Yeah!
Dave just called me outside to ask what kind of bug this was...I do believe we've just seen our first Praying Mantis. Should we get rid of it? Will it eat our garden, or will it eat the grasshoppers eating our garden? Still, pretty cool! (Picture to follow...Blogger is being very annoying today.)