(fresh inc 2014 violin participants)
I just finished up two weeks of June in Kenosha, Wisconsin, as a participant in Fifth House Ensemble’s fresh inc fest. What an amazing festival experience…the focus was not only on rehearsing and giving great chamber music performances, but on all of the business and entrepreneurial aspects of running your own ensemble. We had workshops with members of Fifth House, as well as presentations by Sugar Vendil (of the Nouveau Classical Project) and Kevin Clark (of New Music USA). At the end of the festival, I felt completely re-energized, even though we had almost every hour of every day booked with rehearsals and presentations. The collaborative atmosphere was inspiring and I’m really looking forward to seeing how the members of fresh inc 2014 can work together in the future to create amazing projects. I’m missing my fresh inc family already! I’m also getting so excited to return to LA (spending a quick week back east to see my family) and start planning a new season with Isaura String Quartet. We have lots of ideas brewing. Keep an eye here for some more pictures and recordings from fresh inc.
And one last thing – the final Elemental Strings concert of the year (back in May) was so thrilling. I am exceedingly proud of the Prelude students, who played a very advanced piece, and of my chamber music students, who really began to understand some of the foundations of playing in a small ensemble. Also, our third unit of ES allows each coach to give a special presentation. For my presentation, students listened to and looked at non-traditional notation. After having their minds blown (“this is music?!), the students broke into groups to create their own graphic scores. Then each group played another group’s score. It was thrilling to see them explain why they made certain sounds for the symbols drawn on the poster board. I am quite looking forward to the start of next year’s season. Teaching is exhausting, but so rewarding. xx