After writing for three days consistently, I'm starting to get a nice streak of writing posted here. I want to keep up posting daily for as long as possible. That inevitably means that posts like yesterday's meditation on connections aren't going to be possible daily.
So I figured I'd take today to briefly talk more practically about what I'm spending my time on and what I am pursuing these days.
Back to School
I have about a week and a half before I go back to school. This year, I will have my piano classes separated from each other, plus we are adding after-school rehearsal expectations once per week for the choir. So I'll be getting used to a slightly different work schedule than I've had in the past.
My piano classes will be more structured and more hands-on. I think I've pretty well decided what I want the focus of the class to be, and I'm really excited to begin implementing them.
I've spent a lot of time the last few days exploring new piano repertoire. I'm preparing for a college audition in the fall, so that is at the top of my list. In addition, I want to broaden my horizons in playing accompaniments for both classical and musical theatre styles.
To that end, I'm paging through my various songbooks, piano collections, and vocal scores. I'm discovering different pieces that I'm interested in playing, and finding more of them are approachable than I expected. I hope to post some videos at some point.
Experiencing the Arts
Since I got back from my vacation, I have been thinking more about how little time I spend absorbing artistic material. I spend all of my time working and directing, instead. I want to find an audience for my own work, but that also means I need to have an audience mindset sometimes. Plus I get to meet other artists and performers.
My plan going forward is to try to experience some new artistic work every week from here to the end of the year. Last week I saw a community theatre musical, this week I intend to go to the Museum of Fine Arts Houston for their free admission night. I also want to attend musical performances with venues such as Houston Grand Opera and the Houston Symphony. Watch for reviews and reflections here.
Reflecting and Writing
On the subject of reflecting, I intend to post at least a short post here every day, as a way of focusing my thoughts and reflecting on my experience. I want to improve my writing style, and record my experiences and perspectives. I want to engage with my readers.
To that end, I hope to actually incorporate pictures and video into these posts as well as words.
The Woodlands Chamber Music Project
After an intense, but productive board meeting, I am excited to say that we have made the decision to forge ahead with The Woodlands Chamber Music Project. We will continue our monthly performance series, and we will incorporate as a legal nonprofit entity. I will post more information as it develops
Thank you as always to my friends and family for your support, and stay tuned for further developments!