The tale of a sweet girl and her sweet cat

August 12, 2015 / 0 Comments

Update:  I’m so happy to say that Dolce has a new home and is being well taken care of.  We miss her!

The girl called her “kitty” at first.  A few months later, “kitty” became “meow.”  The cat was very hesitant at first and did not know what to make of the little girl when she came to live at the house. She was curious about the girl and wondered why she cried sometimes. Then, the girl could finally pronounce “Dolce”, although some days it still sounds more like “Doll-see”.

Over the months, the girl and the cat bonded. The girl loved to help feed and brush the cat. The cat taught the girl to love animals. The cat was patient with the girl as she learned what it meant to be gentle. The cat became friends with the girl and played along with her toys.

A month or so after turning two, the girl’s eyes got puffy and her skin became dotted with hives. Allergies are rough. And, this week, we learned that the girl is allergic to all kinds of tree…..and also to cats.  Her mom had tears in her eyes when she saw the allergy results. Sadly, the girl reacts too strongly to the cat to keep the cat in the house. The girl and her parents are trying to find a new home for their cat.

Dolce is a seven-year old female indoor calico that we adopted as a kitten from the MSPCA in Jamaica Plain in November 2008.  She has a clean bill of health and is up to date on all her shots.  Hence the name, she is actually a very sweet and cuddly cat who will curl up in warm laps. She can be a little shy when meeting new people and would do best in a home with older kids (or really patient young ones) and without other pets. She enjoys bird-watching from the window, napping in boxes, playing with toys on strings, and chowing down on her favorite Grilled Salmon Dinner by Fancy Feast.  As an added bonus, she is an expert mouse catcher (in our old apartment). Dolce – 3  Mouse – 0   If you know someone looking to adopt a cat, please let us know.


New Recording available on Ravello Records

February 10, 2015 / 0 Comments

I’m excited to announce that a piece I recorded in 2013 has been recently released on Ravello Records. Written by composer Pamela Marshall, Examinate Variations was written for cellist Rachel Barringer and myself.

The CD is for sale on Amazon, ArkivMusic, CD Universe, HB Direct, and Bull Moose.
It’s also available digitally on Amazon and iTunes and you can find it streaming on Spotify, Rhapsody, and Naxos Music Library.

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!


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.

(courtesy of the Italian Academy)

On my music stand…

February 22, 2012 / 0 Comments

Saturday, Feb. 25th – Music of Beat Furrer and Helmut Lachenmann!concerts

Sunday, Feb. 26th – Music of Igor Stravinsky and F.J. Haydn

Thursday, March 15th – Playing with soprano Susan Bonito and pianist Michelle Kelley for Variations on a Theme by Mozart by Adolph Adam

(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.


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 cat picture since I couldn't find any others.



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 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.


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


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)


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


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


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


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.


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.


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!


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