In the Garden

Most days I am convinced my students are on my side, that we share a mutual…


The Proverbial Gold Star

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about motivation. Which means to say, I’ve been…


The Blessed Ordinary

Last night I played Haydn’s Piano Concerto in D Major with the New Mexico…


Choo-Choo

On Boxing Day, December 26th, I held what has now become a studio tradition:…


Compositional Magic

Really. It started innocently enough. First a bit of background: Most weeks,…


A Night on Saturn

Once during a particularly intense week of rehearsals and extra concerts, my…


The Season of Practice

A number of years ago I was in the middle of a rehearsal with a clarinetist…


A World of Distractions

Lately I have been thinking a lot about my grandparents. Specifically, the…


Memory Spots

These days, it’s all about recital preparation. Honestly, this is not always my…


Revel On!

This summer I reread a lot of books sitting on my shelves. I reread The Grapes…