It's not even February, and I know my summer plans through the end of July already. It's a bit constricting in one sense, but it's also really liberating to not be in limbo about what I'm doing this summer.
I return to the States at the very end of June, and head right to Baltimore to teach for two weeks at the Baltimore String Orchestra Camp. This will be my second year teaching at BSOC, and I'm really excited to return. At BSOC, I coach the second violins in the Young People's Orchestra, which is comprised mostly of high-school aged students. The level is quite high, and it's very inspiring to be working with such intelligent, hardworking students.
I finish up BSOC at the very beginning of July, and I'll be heading (assuming they are willing to work around the wedding that I'm in, which they seem very receptive towards doing) to my alma mater, Shenandoah University, to be a counselor and coach chamber music at the Performing Arts Camp. This will be my 4th year at this camp, and I'm really excited to be returning. The atmosphere of SU is really fantastic - the campus is quite beautiful and compact (in contrast to the beautiful but expansive University of Maryland), the faculty and staff of the camp are all really friendly and talented musicians, and the students present concerts of very high caliber.
After that, I'm going on a vacation! One of my girlfriend's oldest friends is getting married in Eugene, OR, and we're flying out west (probably to Portland), road-tripping to California, and then driving back to Eugene to attend the wedding.
August is the only month that I don't yet have planned. I have been in contact with another festival (I don't want to mention names publicly) that I might be working at for two weeks in August, but nothing is definite yet. I am also planning to take another road trip, this time to Toronto, with my younger brother. The last time we went on a trip together was when he graduated high school and I graduated college, which happened to both be the same year, and we had a blast. Hopefully our schedules will work out for this summer so we can take this vacation together.
So far, it's looking like a great summer!
More entries: December 2008
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