But I've left behind all thoughts of college and new violins for the present. Camp is in eight days and I leave in 6 or 7 days. After cleaning out my closet, I had to restock my wardrobe with clothes that fit and were weather appropriate. Most of my current wardrobe still consists of white, grey, and black dress clothes. One gig wants a white short sleeve, one chamber group wants long sleeve, one gig wants no decor, and another wants all black...you get the picture. Mom and I went to Walmart and picked up other supplies, including a travel iron and tiny ironing board to iron all those white shirts and dress skirts/slacks. It should all fit in the bottom of my suitcase. The only thing I need now is manuscript paper and a few books to get me through the long hours of the night, etc.
So........I think I'll go practice a little more now. That Viotti's a booger. So many double stops. I've got the notes of the first movement on level 1 down (minus the cadenza) so I think I've done pretty well.
I've recently been basking in my school-less-ness, enjoying many happy hours of doing relatively nothing, cleaning, and practicing. I was positively peeved when I learned that my Viotti music (I'm working off of a xeroxed working copy right now) and my new Bach partita CD were both backordered until mid-late June. Oh the pain! On the bright side, my Paganini caprices arrived in all their glory the other day. After a mere fifteen minutes, your truly had mastered the first caprice. Well...the first *measure* of the first caprice....but I'm sure the rest will come in time. :-) My teacher wants me to learn #16, so I spent a while today playing up to the repeat. It's coming, it's coming...
Preparations for Brevard are under way. I promised to withdraw a tidy sum of $1000 to pay my parents back asap. They ended up paying $800 some dollars, after I put in my money and all the scholarships I was awarded, so that made them relatively happy. I say they're getting a good deal; they get rid of me AND get me educated, housed, and fed for only eight hundred smackaroos! What a deal!
A recent rub has consisted in looking at colleges and planning highschool. My mom finally helped me plan a strategy for the next two years, which my dad then revised and returned to me and I agreed to. It includes me taking college math and Chemistry and ends up with me graduating with a year's extra of HS credits than are required...I should end up a fairly well rounded person when I'm done, I think. If nothing, I'll be oval. :-P
In the recent past, I had been looking at University of Michigan as my top school option, a choice my Dad was less than happy with, due to the "silly" undergrad courses they make you take nowadays. So, I scouted around elsewhere, and am now leaning heavily toward CIM. I was worried that my Dad would balk at the idea of a conservatory associated with what I thought was a lesser-known college...turns out it's a much better university than I thought it was, and my Dad's best friend went there. So Dad's happy with the academics and I'm happy with the music, and I'm thinking that's going to be a top choice.
That, I think, is the bulk of recent events. I still have lots of stuff to do, so I'll pop off!
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