My third year at CYM went pretty well. This year, I was the string faculty assistant, rather than a counselor, which, although I wasn't as close with all of the campers, I felt it was more rewarding in the sense of a professional experience.
*I helped out with the orchestra,
*Coached a string quartet (they worked on Villa-Lobos #1, movements 2 and 3),
*Co-taught a violin sectional,
*Subbed for some cello sectionals and master classes (which was a little scary, but they were working on a piece, so I could focus on musical things with them, rather than cello technique),
* AND I was asked to play last minute in the string faculty quartet concert, which was a lot of fun! We even played my (almost finished!) arrangement of El Son de La Negra.
After CYM, I left for Mexico with my boyfriend. I had a wonderful time seeing family. My family took me back to the restaurant where I had an impromptu lesson with a mariachi group last summer, and I played...and sang... with them again (El Son de La Negra and Besame Mucho). I also went to the plaza and conducted an interview (I swear, I'm not a workaholic!)
Gio and I both fell really ill for a couple of days, but at the end of the trip we had a chance to perform!!
My cousin arranged for Gio and I to play at a café (Café Contrapunto) and invited a ton of my family and some friends to come see us! We had one day to pull the program together and practice (after we had been sick and hadn't practiced much), but the owners were impressed with our playing. They even told us to keep in touch and next time we're in town they would set up a paying gig for us.
I didn't think we were going to be able to pull it off, but it's amazing how one can surprise oneself.
Ahh, the summer continues to fly by...up next is a road trip to Las Vegas...and then student teaching!
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