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The Aeneid Series World Premiere

WE DID IT! After fifteen years of composing, a year and a half of planning, and three weeks of hard-core practicing and coordinating schedule, we pulled off the world premiere of The Aeneid Series. My dear Dido Diva, Hannah Dixon McConnell, who performed The Dido Series with me fourteen years ago at St. Olaf College during their National Classics Convention, came back to play the role of Dido. In a crazy sequence of coincidences, we were back together again at St. Olaf College, performing in the middle of the National Classics Convention, and seeing the same professors who cheered us on years ago, Christian Sanders came on board to perform the role of Aeneas alongside Hannah and myself, with

Why Everyone Hates To Practice

As I'm writing this blog, I'm chuckling to myself. I'm currently using this blog post as an excuse not to practice. And, so it goes... Thanks to Providence above, we've been able to coordinate, plan, and schedule the performance of The Aeneid Series next weekend. While I am so grateful that this is happening, the logistics were put together only a short 10 days ago, so practice time is crucial. I believe Leonard Bernstein said it best, "To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time." That is is the precise situation I am experiencing at this very moment. So I've been working to squeeze in enough practice time in between my teaching schedule, church schedul

The Joy of Composing through a Woman's Eyes

"There is nothing greater than the joy of composing something oneself and then listening to it."- Clara Schumann The month of March marks Women's History Month. The media usually spends time looking at women who have defied all barriers and odds in specific sectors, such as politics, science, and finance. If the media were to focus on an artistic female who made her mark, it would usually be either an author or artist. I'm not out to take away the role that these pioneering women have had on our society in each of these sectors, but I do think that we have lost an opportunity to find and recognize women who achieved greatness in the area of musical composition. Musical composition is a highl

An Ode To Blair

For those who have been following this blog for a while, I'm sure you've noticed that a certain not-so-brave, but oh-so-beefy beagle has been running my life and my husband's life for exactly three years now. As we celebrate our three year adoption anniversary with Blair this week, we also call it her birthday celebration. She is now considered a senior beagle at the ripe age of nine, but still acts very much like a puppy in front of us. Sadly, given her background of abuse, my piano students and families rarely see Blair at all, and if they do see her, it is but for a moment before she races upstairs to enjoy a nice, long nap. In honor of Blair's three years of adopting and nine years of be




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