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Snow Day

In the past two weeks, it is safe to say that Iowa has encounter three significant snowstorms, with a fourth currently on the way. Last night, wind chills were approaching thirty below zero. So you know what that means? SNOW DAY(S). This week alone, I've had two days' worth of rescheduling lessons because the roads were not safe for driving. A good portion of these days were spent shoveling and re-shoveling to prevent any significant drifting in our driveway. But what do you do with the rest of the day? You turn to the piano, of course! I've been spending extra time at the piano this week, preparing some prelude music for church, beginning a prelude music list for a family wedding in June, a

Unfinished Business

If we took a moment to flash back to January 2005, you would have found me at home during a college winter break, practicing the piano roughly 4 hours a day. You see, within a month's time, my senior piano recital was scheduled at Hillsdale, and I needed to prepare myself for the hour long performance. The first 45 minutes would feature memorized works of Bach, Barber, Haydn, and Chopin. The last 15 minutes would be the official world premiere of my latest compositions, The Dido Series (text taken from Vergil's Aeneid). I would perform the piano / voice duet with my dear friend, soprano Hannah Dixon (now McConnell). The Dido Series would be performed again, a month later, at St. Olaf College

 

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