Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Life as it stands...

What a whirlwind. I have a day job - in fact I have three! I am teaching music! Teaching is interesting. I love the kids, but man... they have a LOT of energy. More than me... and I have a lot of energy...

Naturally, I am keeping myself extra busy. Not only do I teach at two different elementary schools, but I am going to be leading Music Together classes starting in December! I love Music Together's program and am so excited to be able to work with families in this way. The program really helps parents connect with their child musically, so that children can grow up to appreciate and love music, not only as a school subject or on the radio, but as an exciting and wonderful time to bond with parents.

Drew couldn't cut the mustard in California and decided to return to Pennsylvania to pursue his own dreams. We have called off our engagement and parted ways. I am incredibly relieved. The lives we want are both too similar and too different. I no longer feel the need to try and mold myself into a person I couldn't be. I haven't felt as good as I do now in quite some time. I feel that I have really taken a lot of steps to grow up and mature since moving to New Jersey, and now I can really embrace my independence and try things I didn't have the chance to try before. Music has always been my life-blood, and I am happy to have the chance to focus on it.

As the Christmas season approaches, my kids and I are singing all over the place. Expect to see me all over the Bay Area, in my bustles, hoop skirts, and brand new bonnet, singing your favorite Christmas songs with Piccola Carolers. My choir kids will be singing in their school production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, as well as participating in the Thanksgiving and Christmas Chapel programs. I look forward to a month of beautiful music making.

I'm lucky enough to teach with an SF State colleague, Adrian Borcea, with whom I will present a recital on March 15th at Church of the Advent Christ the King in San Francisco (261 Fell St, San Francisco, CA 94102) this coming March as part of their Sunday concert series. We will put together a collection of favorites from the standard repertoire. Most likely, you will hear some Mozart, Strauss, and maybe a little Debussy.

I will be singing the role of Galatea in My Fair Galatea with Donald Pippin's Pocket Opera this spring. I'm very excited. The role is charming and fun. Quite a lot of fun music, as well. Von Suppe's operetta features a little of everything. May 31st, June 7th, and June 14th at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco and the Hillside Club in Berkeley.

Thank you to those of you staying tuned with my life. Without the amazing, supportive people in my life, I could never survive any of this. XO

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