I have no other words to describe the last 5 months as truly fulfilling. At times I felt as though I was going to explode due to the sheer number of performances and projects I had on my plate - but now looking back, I would not have had it any other way.
After the Plowman Chamber Music Competition, my woodwind sextet, the Cardinal Winds, performed at both the Coleman Chamber Music Competition Finals in Pasadena, California and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in South Bend, Indiana. We heard so many amazing groups at these competitions, and I know for me personally, I left feeling very inspired. The high point of all of this was performing in the Semi Finals round at Fischoff. It was an honor, and I left feeling very proud of the group and what we achieved.
At the end of April, I played in my last official concert as Principal Flute of the Debut Orchestra by playing Shostakovich's 10th Symphony. To say that playing in this group was beneficial to me is an understatement. I left feeling incredibly thankful to have played with such accomplished musicians in the area and to have received the experience of playing in an orchestra so frequently.
My next stop for the summer was teaching at the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles Music Camp at Idyllwild's Buckhorn Camp. I cannot tell you how awesome this week was with the students and teachers. All of the kids were developing into young adults and it was really fun to get to know the talented educators and musicians that were working together! I will remember this week my entire life!
My second sumer in the Berkshires of Massachusetts for Tanglewood was next and I wish I could describe how fulfilling this summer was to me. I went through some pretty challenging things in my time there, musically and mentally, but I left feeling inspired by my colleagues the music we made.
It was amazing to hear, learn from, and socialize with the amazing flutes of the Boston Symphony (and friends!).
The level of support and friendship that I received from the other musicians at TMC was like no other. I know I will continue to watch my colleagues grow into amazing careers and that we will continue to be friends for a VERY long time. An amazing group of people.
I am finally back in Los Angeles and eagerly looking for work now that I am out of school. I am so looking forward to see how this year turns out!