People. I just needed to share this as a super fun way to explore new-to-you musical ideas from different countries AND decades: Radiooooo! Now, it’s not complete as Cody and I were anxious to hear 1920’s music that was popular in India, but perhaps one day.
So go, pick your country and decade, and enjoy what pops up! radiooooo.com
While Mr. Cody and I enjoy our travels, I wanted to wish everyone happy holidays, and to enjoy this fun playlist from the past 🤣
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.)
My 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.
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.
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.
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.
>> photos by @creativecoffee, filters by a color story and afterlight
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!)
And then sometimes, you just come across crazy things…
>> photos by @creativecoffee, filters by a color story and afterligh
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.
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.
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
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…
Be sure to stop by and check out the new Accelerando Coffee House space at 70th and Cass!