Well, it's been quite the summer! Things have been so busy that I haven't had much time to write about everything I've been lucky enough to participate in over the past few months. I'm now back on the east coast ready to resume teaching (both privately and with the Suzuki Program in Newfoundland, known as STEP) and perform in my third consecutive season with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra.
One of the highlights of my summer was completing Suzuki teacher training at the Chicago Suzuki Institute. I had a great group of colleagues with me - each of us comes from a different state or province, and we all have different backgrounds (different ages, educational training, stages of life, etc.) It made for extremely interesting group discussions as we were commenting on everything we were learning during the week. A big part of Suzuki teacher training is observing lessons, and the benefit of going to a big summer institute is there are a variety of lessons you can observe - private lessons, small group lessons, big group lessons - and the students and teachers are from all over the country. I witnessed some of the most creative teaching I have ever seen, and I can't wait to try an implement some of the things I learned into my own teaching this year! Not to mention I had never been to Chicago before, and exploring the city was incredible. I am so thankful to my teacher trainers (Barbara Wampner and Alice Ann O'Neill) and I'm thrilled to officially be a part of the Suzuki family!
I spent the remainder of my summer in Montréal rehearsing and performing with L'Orchestre de la Francophonie. We played a total of nine concerts in just under a month - the big pieces of repertoire included Beethoven Symphony No. 7 (one of my all time faves!), Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3 ("Scottish Symphony), and Mozart Symphony No. 41 ("Jupiter" Symphony). One of the highlights of the summer was performing at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa - it's a beautiful hall, and it was really exciting to play there. Getting to explore Montréal on our down time wasn't too shabby, either!
Now that fall is here, there are a bunch of exciting things coming up in the next few weeks. The season opener for the NSO is this coming Friday, and the following weekend I'm playing two recitals of romantic chamber music with Carole Bestvater (violin) and Matthew Blackburn (piano). Beethoven, Schumann, and Mendelssohn... it doesn't get much better than that! All of the details for upcoming concerts I'm performing in can be found here.