Clearly, I've been insanely busy since the last time I updated my blog IN JUNE!! Thinking back on it, I have been busy. I've been all over the place actually, visiting schools and doing auditions. Since June I have visited the University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Michigan, and Kent State University. I had a a lot great visits and many, many terrific lessons. In the end, however, I opted to pursue a second masters degree rather than the DMA. Overall, I felt I needed more study before I could pursue the DMA at schools I truly wanted, like Michigan.
I auditioned at four schools for the second masters: UNI, Kent State, Ball State, and Illinois State. Not only I was accepted at all four, I also received assistantship offers at three of the schools. It was a very humbling experience and it was nice to see the progress I've made in action. Out of the four, the school I was most interested in was Kent State. After my visit there I knew that it was "it." I felt like it would be the place for me to ultimately accomplish my goals. The teacher was fabulous, the campus nice, the town quaint and the fact that it was so close to Cleveland all these factors together made this decision easy. My audition went well and I ended up having two lessons before I returned to South Dakota.
After the audition, the wait to hear details regarding an assistantship began. While on Chamber Singers tour, emails began trickling in with snippets of information about the chances of me getting an assistantship. Finally, on the last day of tour after the final emotional concert, I received the first email confirming that I had one. It was a relief and I was overjoyed: I officially had a place to go next year! However, it was not from my "it" school. Shortly thereafter, the email came and I had my second assistantship offer (a very generous one) and it was the school at the very top of my list! I was ecstatic and just yesterday I made the official decision that Kent State is going to be the place I attend. I couldn't be happier!
My final recital at USD will be April 22 at 3:00 and will feature the Triple "A" Piano Trio in the Arensky Piano Trio, Mendelssohn Violin Concerto and Beethoven's 7th Sonata for Violin and Piano with Pianist Adrian Ries.
On a personal note, my weight loss since my lost blog now stands at 110lbs.
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