Is it summer yet?

February 18, 2014 / 0 Comments

Snow storm #3 in six days.  Is is summer yet?  I am already thinking about my summer teaching plans.  In addition to the student camp and adult festival that I regularly do at Indian Hill, I am also in the process of creating my own summer flute workshops and will post more information soon.

Here are details on the festivals below!

SummerDayMusic at Indian Hill Music
July 21 – August 1 – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Two-week program for ages 8 -18

An innovative two-week program for ages 8-18 that balances traditional instrument and music theory study with opportunities to discover the diverse world of music. Core curriculum provides essential instruction in technique and musicianship, and elective classes foster creativity and exploration of new instruments and musical styles. Performances are focused on learning and sharing music together, so students are encouraged to play and sing in a variety of ensembles. Students’ experiences are broadened as they learn to work together, and to inspire and support each other in the educational process.

SummerNightMusic at Indian Hill Music

JULY 2 – AUGUST 13, 2013
7:00-9:30 pm, Wednesday evenings
Seven-week program for adult instrumentalists

Chamber music is a wonderful opportunity to make music with friends. Designed for the adult amateur musician, our SummerNightMusic Festival is an opportunity for string, wind, piano, voice, harp, and guitar players to make music together. Led by coaches from Indian Hill’s talented faculty, groups will work on ensemble and individual musicality, listening, and balance.

The chamber groups are arranged into trios, quartets, and quintets based on instrumentation, level, and repertoire, performing music from Bach to Beethoven to Debussy. All participants will have the opportunity to play in two ensembles as well as receive a private lesson with a teacher of their instrument (scheduled outside festival hours). SummerNightMusic culminates in a festival concert on Wednesday, August 13 at 7:30 pm.

The program is geared towards the intermediate-advanced adult musician. While chamber music experience is not required, participants should have strong technical, rhythmic, and reading skills. If it is determined that a student is not playing at a level matching that of other musicians, the faculty may recommend other educational or performance options instead of this festival.

 

Spindrift Commissioning Guild Project

January 18, 2014 / 0 Comments

I’m a little slow in getting this posted, but Rachel and I completed the Spindrift Commissioning Guild Project last spring and the recording of Examinate Variations by composer Pamela Marshall was released in May on BandCamp.

You can find the full recording for purchase here.

Summer Teaching Wrap-up

August 25, 2013 / 0 Comments

It was my 3rd year to teach at SummerDayMusic at Indian Hill and I had a great time working with the six flute students in the during our “flute core” classes and coaching them in orchestra.  They were a terrific group of kids to work with and did a fantastic job performing at the final concert.

Flute Ensemble SDM 2013

Here is a link to more pictures from the festival.

Happy 4-month birthday to Abigail

July 21, 2013 / 0 Comments

My performance and teaching schedule has been quiet since March when Greg and I welcomed a beautiful girl into our lives! Abigail was born on March 20, 2013 and we couldn’t have asked for a sweeter baby girl. The fall is around the corner and I am looking forward to seeing my students and colleagues soon!

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Nono Concert in NYC

May 22, 2012 / 0 Comments

Performing the U.S. Premiere of Luigi Nono's Quando stando morendo for 4 female voices, bass flute, cello, and live electronics.

Post-performance with Eklemes Vocal Ensemble, Mariel Roberts (cellos), Ashley Addington (bass flute), and Jeff Gavett (conductor)

Amp New Music Kickstarter

March 18, 2012 / 0 Comments

I’m excited to share a project that I have been working on with Gregory‘s organization Amp New Music.  The project is a concert at the Italian Academy in NYC with the vocal ensemble ekmeles which will feature the U.S. premiere of Luigi Nono’s Quanndo stando morendo and a premiere of Greg’s new piece for chamber ensemble and electronics.  I’ll be playing in both works including some wild bass flute on the Nono piece.

Although Amp New Music has received support from the Italian Academy and Luigi Nono’s Archive in Venice, it will not cover all of the expenses for the concert so we’ve created a Kickstarter campaign to raise money.  Our fundraising target is $2000; Kickstarter uses an all-or-nothing funding model, so we have to meet or exceed that goal in order to receive any of the pledges. Be sure to check out our Kickstarter video describing the project, it’s awesome.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ampnewmusic/us-premiere-of-luigi-nonos-quando-stanno-morendo

(courtesy of the Italian Academy)

On my music stand…

February 22, 2012 / 0 Comments

Saturday, Feb. 25th – Music of Beat Furrer and Helmut Lachenmann
http://www.soundicon.org/#!concerts


Sunday, Feb. 26th – Music of Igor Stravinsky and F.J. Haydn
http://www.indianhillmusic.org/2_1_1_ClassicalSeries.html#ChoralFeb


Thursday, March 15th – Playing with soprano Susan Bonito and pianist Michelle Kelley for Variations on a Theme by Mozart by Adolph Adam
http://www.indianhillmusic.org/ 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKxGrL7uvlg

(Video won’t embed so click the link to listen!)


 

2011 – Year in Review

January 4, 2012 / 0 Comments

2011 was a really great year. It brought many memorable musical performances, wonderful students, multiple airplane trips traveling across the country, and fun visits in Boston from family and dear friends. I was inspired by the idea for a “Year in Review” post from reading some other blogs and decided to make a post about my own journey in 2011. To remember what happened each month, I’ve had to reference calendars, e-mail and iPhoto to remember everything that took place. I found pictures from most months except for February, April, and September, in which I can only find pictures of my cat or things I baked.

January

Snow, snow, and more snow! I think we got around 40 inches in January alone. I think I had at least 4 days of teaching to reschedule due to the snow. By the end of the month, there were snow many piles everywhere that it was hard to find places to shovel the new snow.

An empty Davis Square in the middle of a snow storm

February

February cat picture since I couldn't find any others.

 

March

Greg and I traveled to Austin in the middle of the month as he attended SXSW Interactive and I helped Carmen with some wedding details.  I got to see her new house for the very first time and we went on a quest to satisfy our thirst for authentic Mexican food (which is not found in Boston!).  I flew back to Boston to two intense weeks of outreach quintet concerts, Shostakovich Symphony No. 5, and Sound Icon’s inaugural concert.

Austin Java downtown near City Hall

 

Dropping Greg off at SXSW

April

April was spent recovering from March and getting ready for May! I spent time planning Carmen’s Bridal Luncheon and consulting on wedding details.  The only pictures from this month are of the cat.

Dolce is excited that all the snow is gone because she can go outside again for "walks" on her leash.

May

Carmen and Alan got married on Saturday, May 7th at The Terrace Club in Dripping Springs (outside Austin).  I spent the entire week in Austin helping her with details for the big day.

Bridal Luncheon at Tres Amigos

The Terrace Club, Dripping Springs, TX

Carmen and Alan's First Dance

Two weeks later, we flew to Chicago to visit Nate and Cindy and other friends!  You can read my full recap of that trip here.

Bean Reflections

 June

My wonderful flute teacher up in Boston, Robert Willoughby, turned 90 and a celebration concert was performed in his honor. It was incredibly special to see all of his former students take the stage to play at the celebration.

Taken after my performance on Robert Willoughby's 90th Birthday Concert, June 5, 2011, New Castle Congregational Church, New Castle, New Hampshire

Shortly after, I finished up the teaching semester and headed off to Switzerland to join eighth blackbird at a new music festival.  I met some new friends, played good music, and soaked up the beautiful Swiss countryside.

View of Lake Geneva from Chexbres Village

L-R David Trum (composer, me, Megan Ihnen (mezzo-soprano), Kerrith Livengood (flute/composer), and Nick Photinos (cello)

July

I flew back to Boston after an unexpected extra day in Paris thanks to Air France maintenance strikes and was happily reunited with Greg and my kitty. I taught a week-long flute camp to a bunch of really great kids.  Mid-week during lunch, one of my flutists ran to come get me because a giant snapping turtle appeared in the creek by their lunch area. At first, I really didn’t believe that it would be a giant snapping turtle but they were correct!  I hadn’t been outside a minute when the giant snapping turtle floated up to the surface and clamped down on a normal-sized turtle that had been nicknamed “Sheldon Jr.” earlier that week.  You can watch a video clip to gauge the snapping turtle’s size.  This was taken after Sheldon Jr. was turtle-napped.

Click here for video of giant turtle.

Who says art therapy doesn’t work?  I found this drawing on one of the bulletin boards at the end of the day.

Art Therapy soothes turtle attack memories.

My old roomie, Lindsey, came to visit Boston for a few days. We hit up the beach at Plum Island, drank cocktails at Top of the Hub, rode the Swan Boats, picked blueberries, and caught up on everything that has been happening in our lives.

Blueberry picking with Lindsey

August

This month featured a visit from Carmen and Kathryn where I took my 3rd trip of the season to Rockport.  We also went to Wingaersheek Beach for the first time.

Carmen's "Lobster" at Roy Moore Lobster Company in Rockport

September

The school year aka “teaching time” and performance season started up again!  I’ll spare you the cute cat picture for this month.

October

Greg’s entire family came to visit in October. We took our visitors on a trip to Bearskin Neck in Rockport, Halibut Point State Park, Essex, and the Topsfield State Fair to see the giant pumpkins. We also took the obligatory Freedom Trail Tour, walked the Public Gardens, watched the 2011 Honkfest Parade, and visited Harvard Square during Oktoberfest.

Extreme Gardening - The Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off in Progress

Obligatory Texas Longhorn Picture at the Topsfield State Fair

I thought this was a very creative sign to discourage smoking in the barns.

Harvard Square T with Cindy

October ended with a visit from my mom (sadly no pictures) and several concerts.

November

Just as the New England winter weather was starting to sneak in, we escaped to Florida for a family vacation with my parents and sister.  We left on a cruise ship out of Ft. Lauderdale and docked at San Juan, PR, St. Marteen, St. Thomas, and a private Bahamas Island owned by Princess Cruises.

Ocean View from El Morro Fort, San Juan, PR

"Old" San Juan - aka Tourist Central

 

On the Catamaran "Party Boat"

Pre-snorkeling sunscreen application.

Kayaking in Magens Bay, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

Goofing around in the Bahamas with my sister

 

One of the many beautiful sunsets seen from the boat.

December

Although the plan was to spend a quiet Christmas in Boston, we flew to Washington, D.C. for 2 days to spend Christmas with my extended family and visit with my Grandfather.

Wishing everyone all the best for a prosperous and lively 2012!

 

SpinDrift Commissioning Project 2012

December 28, 2011 / 0 Comments

Please consider supporting a project that composer Pamela Marshall has launched as part of two new music creations for new music ensembles. One of those ensembles is the Addington/Arnold duo in which I perform with cellist Rachel Arnold.

http://www.rockethub.com/projects/4144-spindrift-commissioning-guild-2012

Spindrift Commissioning Guild is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of Spindrift Commissioning Guild must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Your support fuels a commission fee for the composer, fees for the musicians for recording the music, and money to press the CD, make initial copies of the printed scores, and produce a few T-shirts and tote bags. 6% covers the fiscal sponsorship fee. Additional money will support a concert and recording sessions for other pieces in the queue.

More details are available on the link above! Thanks for supporting this project!

Have you ever seen Giant Pumpkins?

October 9, 2011 / 0 Comments

Fall in New England wouldn’t be complete without a scenic drive and a visit from Greg’s family was the perfect reason to head out of the city for a day.

Bearskin's Neck in Rockport

Boats in Rockport Harbor

The view of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine from the Ocean Lookout at Halibut Point State Park

We spent the morning walking in Rockport, exploring the old Granite Quarry in Halibut State Park, and checking out antique stores in Essex. My favorite part of the day was our spontaneous visit to the famous Topsfield Fair. A few years ago, we watched a documentary called Lords of the Gourd: The Pursuit of Excellence on giant pumpkins (check out more information here) and since then, I’ve had a secret obsession with going to the Topsfield Fair to watch the Giant Pumpkin Contest. I had already researched the Topsfield Fair as a possibility for a visit on our excursion and since we were only a few miles away and looking for something do to in the afternoon, we headed on over.

Giant Pumpkins!

Close-up of the giant pumpkins.

Pumpkin vs. Man.

Weighing of the Pumpkins.

When we left, the largest pumpkin had weighed in at 660 pounds! The eventual winner weighed in at 1,668.5 pounds. A story about the winner is here. Before they weighed the pumpkins, they weighed and measured other vegetables in what was called “Xtreme Gardening”. The winners were a 160-pound watermelon, 14-pound rutabaga, 124-inch tall Gourd, and a 4-pound tomato. The giant pumpkins were pretty amazing to see and it was fun to sit in the stands and overhear all of the Giant Pumpkin farmers sitting close to use talk about how they grow their pumpkins.

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