Spring break. A chance to rest and watch movies? Yeah, right.
Over break, I accompanied the Westwood Christian School choirs and instrumentalists at a competition, involving an overnight trip chaperoning highschoolers. So that was fun.
Then, Sunday, I conducted the world premiere of Peace with the Gold Coast Community Band. The premiere was amazing. It was also the first time I have conducted a large ensemble in concert. Pressure? Hm...maybe a little. There were over 800 in attendance, including many big names in band music. I was shaky even before I got onstage. (And I'm not one to get nervous over music. Ever.) But everything went extraordinarily well. The band stepped up and really communicated through the music, and I didn't mess up my conducting!
So now for a REALLY relaxing week...oh, wait. Nope. Now for a concet today of orchestrated works from UM singer/songwriters (I'm conducting my own arrangement), then the premiere of At Sixty Miles an Hour in Iowa. So much happening, and I just can't contain my excitement!