holiday fun

While Mr. Cody and I enjoy our travels, I wanted to wish everyone happy holidays, and to enjoy this fun playlist from the past ūü§£

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thankful.

Ok, once I get past the mortification that I haven’t written a post in a whiiiiiile¬†and you forgive me, we can proceed. Good? Good.

It’s really a travesty because so many wonderful, creative, and challenging moments have happened¬†and collectively I and my students have learned SO MUCH. But to practice what I preach, I need to just make progress, so instead of waiting for the stars to align for me to have time to write, I’m just going to get it out there.

To start, here is a list of things that make me so thankful and proud to be a cellist and teacher of such precious people. (air kisses to you all.)

sprout notesMy String Sprouts classes keep me full of hope for the future. These families work so hard with their kiddos and just LOVE their kids. That’s the best.

 

Candace and Amy

Amy Barston came and worked with our cellists and I am so thankful to have her as a cello friend. We all need these, and her willingness to share her expertise and experience with friends and strangers is such a gift.

 

stickers

My Pipsticks subscription makes me so happy. And my students happy. And the other teachers happy that get random sheets of stickers because they make me think of them.

 

izzy and zuill

I have had students selected for multiple masterclasses with incredible artists, and I am beyond proud. To put yourself on display to show your strengths and weaknesses and then be dissected by a brilliant musician in front of a large audience takes guts and grit. And my students have both, which is rad.

 

 

And to the liquid that makes all of this possible: I am grateful for good coffee. Or even bad coffee. I’m just grateful.

pink coffee

>> photos by @creativecoffee, filters by a color story and afterlight

adventures in chicago

Ten years ago, an email changed the direction of my life and I wouldn’t change a single moment of it as I LOVE what I get to do each day. But I will say, if that email hadn’t come, you would still find me in Chicago. I adore this city.

For spring break, Cody and I decided to spend a week back in old stomping grounds, to visit and re-explore the city. Here are a few great moments from our adventure!

Top places to visit:

  • The Bean
  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • William Harris Lee & Co.
  • Hamilton: the musical
  • Andersonville (our old area!)
  • Wrigley Stadium
  • Chicago Field Museum (dinosaurs!)

Chicago in marchHamilton entryChicago 17-1

Chicago 17-2Chicago 17-3Chicago 17-4Chicago march 3Chicago 17-5

And then sometimes, you just come across crazy things…

Chicago 17-6

>> photos by @creativecoffee, filters by a color story and afterligh

epic week

This week I hosted a concert where nearly 700 tiny cellists and violinists age 3-6 to play in an arena with the Omaha Symphony. TRULY AMAZING. What is even more amazing is that I have 0 photos from the actual event, only this delightful one of all the lead teachers getting ready for the kids.

S&s2016

Huge day, full of proud smiles and beautiful music. How to improve the week? Have our last Sprouting Up concert with my cello kiddos! They are beyond adorable, and have learned so many wonderful cello (and non-cello) things this year.

Cello y1 2016

Good week, right? But then…it was my birthday! Life is good, guys. Especially when you ¬†have students that know you so well that you are given a coffee mug that is a camera lens.

Finish that off with losing rhythm shoots and snakes to a student when I was a ninja and she was a moose. #worthit

Lost game

the new concert hall

That’ right! It’s mostly done and ringing like a champ. Last weekend we had our first Winter Festival Honors Orchestra in our new concert hall, and I will say it feels rather fancy! Here’s the first string orchestra to play in the space and new equipment peeks:

Give me a bit of time and I’m going to do some awesomely terrible things with that sound board…

wonderfully terrible christmas music days 1-5

Christmas music is wonderful – truly, I am one of it’s biggest cheerleaders! But every once in a while you get that song over the store radio that makes you wish for an ear infection or swimmer’s ear to avoid the painful sound waves attacking your poor, innocent sound receptors.

Thus #25daysofwonderfullyterriblechristmasmusic was born. See the full playlist from the last 2 years:

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This year I have even received requests, so if you have anything you wish to submit, I’d be willing to subject myself to the torture ūüôā Here is this year so far:

#1: Anna Kendrick and Snoop Dogg mash-up (a new classic.)

#2: RuPaul’s newest gem “Christmas Cookies” (much love to RuPaul though, just not my jam.)

#3: Switch it up with the terribly wonderful Muppets!

#4 Revamp of the Chipmunk Song where they awkwardly flirt in Spanish…

#5 A new release from Phoenix featuring Bill Murray and I believe a theremin (?)

Christmas music

If you have any wonderfully terrible ideas to submit, comment below!