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Balancing Brandenburg and Happy Farmer, or How I Got Into This Mess

And what a strange, crazy trip it’s been! A cello friend asked how it was possible for me to be working on both Bburg (aka The First Movement of Brandenburg Concerto #5) and Happy Farmer (Suzuki 1). I realize that … Continue reading

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Cello Shopping: Round One

I test drove three cellos at Olsen Violins over the weekend, which turns out to be one of the most delightful strings stores in the area. I’ve been in and out of a few on the endless CC saga and … Continue reading

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The mid-to-lo strings sub-sectional

Since the strings section (feels a little premature to call us an orchestra at this point) will be playing at a benefit auction in two weeks, a couple of extra rehearsals are in order. Tonight we had an optional that … Continue reading

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From Dress Rehearsal to Final Bow: Recap, Lessons Learned and the Search Begins…

“Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.” -Bernice Johnson Reagon It’s taken me a couple of days to process the concert experience: there was just so much to grok from … Continue reading

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There are some days…

When the best I can do is get my butt on the chair, bow in hand, cello at ready, music on the stand and make a go of it. At times like this I have to trust that just “showing … Continue reading

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This Week in Cello Land: Now Panic and Freak Out

Somewhere, a giant clock began to tick. At some point during Tuesday’s orchestra rehearsal it dawned on me that our next performance (and my first with RCO) is less than two weeks away. I feel like I’m cramming for an … Continue reading

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Plays with others (‘well’ might be a stretch)

Tuesday night’s “audition” went something like this: I walked in all sweaty palmed and trembling. I was seated next to the violist. I unpacked and introduced myself to the two other cellists (also new). Introductions were made followed by light … Continue reading

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