Thursday, December 20, 2012

Fall 2012 = Defeated

Semester #3 of grad school is now complete, and whew, it was a busy one!

I had my first graduate recital last month. The program consisted of the Schumann Romances, Poulenc Trio, Grovlez Sarabande et Allegro, Handel Concerto in G minor, and the Arnold Sonatina. I've never really been one for chamber music, but I feel so fortunate to have had the privilege to perform the Poulenc Trio with an incredible bassoonist and pianist. It was my favorite piece on the program, particularly the second movement, and I'm inspired to pursue more chamber music in the future. I passed with flying colors and I was told that it was "a John Mack worthy master's level recital." I had chosen the program knowing that it would be a challenge, but I put a lot of time into preparations and was incredibly happy to hear that I had done it justice. Listening to the recording, there are of course a few things that I wish I could change, but overall I was happy with my performance.

Classes are now over, and I'm thankful for the break. I was again at the maximum of 16 credit hours, in addition to preparing for a recital and working two jobs, so it was busy. However, I enjoyed my classes for the most part. There were of course some less than thrilling components... for instance, I learned that in order for a printer to work, it had to be plugged in and turned on. Despite that, I did legitimately learn a lot this semester and it was worth the craziness.

One last thought for this post: If you have not yet seen The Hobbit, make plans to do so immediately! It was absolutely fantastic and the best movie I've seen in a long time. A re-read of the book has now moved to the top of my "relaxing over break" to-do list.

Merry Christmas and enjoy the holidays! :)