• What a summer!

    Turns out when you book a flight from St. Louis to Portland on Southwest, you can’t get a direct flight. You have to stop somewhere and change planes, and today I’m changing planed in Phoenix. So that’s a three hour flight to Phoenix, and a three and a half hour flight to Portland. (Nope, I didn’t check this before I booked the flight. I never do. I simply close my eyes and click the “purchase” button. It’s much easier to deal with myself traveling when I take myself by surprise, sit back, and enjoy the ride. Makes me less grumpy for my husband, too.) I decided six and a half…

  • Turning 30

    A bit of a personal note today… My lovely and always entertaining colleagues have responded in a couple of ways to the fact that I’m turning thirty today. Mostly it’s the lighthearted response along the lines of “HEEEEY, now you can sign up for the senior discount on stuff!” Har. But the other response I get (and it’s the one my dad also gave me, so I trust it more) is, “You’re just getting started and it just gets better from here.” While society has been acting like I should be headed into some sort of existential crisis where I sit in my room under the covers listening to Shostakovich…

  • Ooh la la, TARDIS concert!

    If you happen to be in Corvallis this Friday at noon, you should think of stopping on by and seeing the TARDIS ensemble! And not just because we’re all incredibly good looking, as per our photo in the press release here. Because it’s an all French program with one of the coolest string trios I have EVER PLAYED. It makes me feel as though my life is glamorous. It only lasts an hour and you’d be guaranteed a good time.

  • Bend

    Please take note… The weird face I am making does not in any way reflect any kind of weirdness I was feeling, because there simply was none. I was just concentrating really hard. What a fun afternoon! I have been looking forward to coming and playing with the Central Oregon Chamber Orchestra for months now. Playing Vivaldi’s Summer and Winter with this group was immensely fun. They’re a sensitive group, and a very kind bunch, and it made the whole weekend kind of a dream. Although, the snow helped… Bend had wonderful snowfall all weekend long. Not the Portland kind of snow, mind you – as soon as an inch…

  • Variety

    I am in the green room of the chapel at Concordia, waiting to jump back up on stage to finish out our annual Christmas Chorale concert. Mostly it’s been peaceful and quiet, although about five minutes ago, the sopranos from our choir decided to hold a quick meeting about their performance this evening; spparently it was not up to par. Soon the wind ensemble will finish their part, and undoubtedly the brass players will lumber back in here to finish up their game of Uno. The kids at this school are lovable and quirky, and do a lot to make me nostalgic for my own days of college. I’m enjoying…