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!)

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And then sometimes, you just come across crazy things…

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>> 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.

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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.

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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 🙂 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!