January 2008

Reflections on 2007/Violinistic Resolutions for 2008....

January 3, 2008 16:27

I'd venture to say that 2007 was one of my top 2 or 3 musically fulfilling years. Here are some of the highlights:

-I had a great senior recital at SU: Khachaturian, Bach, and Beethoven... I had an even better party afterwards!

-I graduated (with honors I might add) from SU, which just felt great. Ordinarily, I think that ceremonies for graduation and stuff are kind of lame, but this one was special to me because my 4 years of college really helped shape who I am, both as a musician and (more importantly, I think) as a person.

-I spent the summer living the life of a musician. I didn't get a traditional 9-5 job; I played lots of concerts and gigs, and in July I taught chamber music and was a camp counselor a Performing Arts Camp. Working with the kids was so great, and it really solidified in my mind that teaching and working with young musicians is something I want to continue for the rest of my life.

-I started my Master's degree at the University of Maryland, and it gave me a REAL wake up call. I went from being a senior at SU to being the proverbial "small fish in a big pond" at UMD. There are some HOT players here. Plus, my teacher here is just as (if not more) hardcore as my teacher at SU. As soon as I started lessons, I was working on enough rep to have a recital ready by December. I think I've grown leaps and bounds since I've been here at UMD, and I can only hope that my artistic development continues.

-I started teaching a LOT beginning in August. I have around 10 students now, and each one of them is not only a joy to teach, but an inspiration to me. Not to sound too cliche, but I really feel blessed to be able to share what I've learned with young people who I feel really look up to me.

In no particular order, here's what I'd like to accomplish in 2008:

-Learn some alternative styles on the violin! I'd love to be able to have a reasonably decent repertoire of fiddle tunes in my repertoire, and it would be so awesome to play some jazz, rock, and bluegrass. I also have students who are interested in playing some fiddle music, and while I'm happy to give teach them, I think it would be great if I had some really solid fiddlin' chops.

-Continue to teach, and possibly get some more students.

-Figure out what I want to play on my Master's recital (this isn't so much a resolution as it is a necessity!)

-Figure out what I want to do after i finish this degree (go for a DMA? an Artist Diploma? a chamber music certificate? try and freelance/teach to make a living? get certified to teach in public schools? or maybe just win a job with the NY Phil.... ha!)

-And finally, to make some headway in becoming the musician that I want to be.

1 reply | Archive link

More entries: May 2008December 2007

Facebook Twitter YouTube Instagram Email

Violinist.com is made possible by...

Shar Music
Shar Music

Yamaha Violin Finder
Yamaha Violin Finder

Corilon Violins
Corilon Violins

Pirastro Strings
Pirastro Strings

Dimitri Musafia, Master Maker of Violin and Viola Cases
Dimitri Musafia, Master Maker of Violin and Viola Cases

Bay Fine Strings Violin Shop

Bobelock Cases



Los Angeles Violin Shop

Nazareth Gevorkian Violins

Potter Violins

Pro-Am Strings

Violin Lab

Wangbow Violin Bow Workshop