Thank you to everyone who performed and participated in the Virtual Holiday Matinee on Sunday 12/13/2020. I was so happy with everyone’s performances and loved seeing all the family and friends watching. I will try to give everyone individual feedback during lessons but really, everyone was fantastic! I mean that very sincerely!
25 students played and sang in the recital, and 8 were not able to participate for various reasons. We think upwards of 85 people participated in the recital as performers or viewers which is wonderful. Flourishing Muse is flourishing! Thank you again to my amazing daughter Rose and to her equally wonderful assistant event manager Debbie, and to Sarah for the great holiday invitation and program – love her design work. These are up on my blog and I will see if I can put the video up – not sure how big it is yet. Thank you also to my talented partner Carol, who tries to teach my how to do technology, often having to rescue me from technology mess. She is the one who built my website and continues to make it work well, and again rescues things when i get it wrong.
This is the last week of music lessons for 2020. I will be back teaching on Monday January 4, 2021. If anyone is not continuing please let me know as soon as you can, or if anyone needs a different time. Currently I have 33 students and I am not planning to take more students unless there are very particular circumstances. 33 lessons a week is a lot of preparation when the lessons are on-line.
Almost everyone has paid the December fees and those who have not I will text today. There is so much going on at Christmas it’s hard to keep up!
I had some rather nice news this morning. In 2008 I wrote a bilingual song for Our Lady of Guadalupe. It used to be performed at my school masses. The Music Director at Yale’s Catholic Chapel contacted me and asked could I arrange it for choir and small orchestra, which I did and I uploaded the written score to his choral music website. He performs it every December 12, Guadalupe’s feast day, and it was performed virtually from the Chapel this past Saturday. He told me a group from Madrid loved the service and my piece, and that the full score had been downloaded 7,000 times in the past 2 years! You can see the written score on my website but sadly no recording yet! I love that people are using the piece I wrote. I wish I had more time to compose! But I have students composing instead.
It has been a tough year, 2020, but I have enjoyed “seeing” my students and I think I am getting used to virtual lessons and on a day like today maybe everyone appreciates not having to go out in the cold rain!
Have a wonderful warm Christmas and holiday season and stay healthy everyone.