It’s been a month since I got back from SCOR! New England. I thought I would have written about it immediately upon return, but It is tough to condense an intense week of workshops and making new musical friends into a few paragraphs. OK, it’s not tough for good writers. But I needed some prompts to get over the writer’s block, and Beth and Kyle were kind enough to provide some:
[Note: I did not discuss the workshops or the Orchestra Practice in this article. I will address those separately]
Although the message in the adult learning workshop was a consistent “you must accept where you are now”, I really was hoping I would be capable of higher grade pieces by now. Our first attempt at working a quartet piece was hilarious. We were all lost by measure 3. The experience of getting four strong personalities to communicate effectively was as satisfying as making the music. I definitely want more, although I think I’ll make the 3-hour drive to Rochester next year instead of a 6 hour one to Rhode Island. Still, the people were terrific and the schedule fit a lull in the workplace, so who knows. It may indeed be RI again.
The other significant experience for me was my private lesson. I recommend everybody take a yearly private lesson with somebody who is not your regular teacher. They will notice things that will enhance your playing, and they know not to disrupt your existing pedagogy. In my case, Carly Fleming pointed out that my tone was too forced, and that I need to let the string ring a little more.
Oh, and book early, especially your hotel.