The semester ended about a week ago, and I’ve definitely been relaxing.  My recital and jury are finished, but now I’m getting ready for another recital in June (see calendar), as well as some performances with Venice Symphony and a wedding.  Aside from that music, I’ll be working on Bartok’s Viola concerto, which I’m EXTREMELY excited about (can’t wait until it comes in the mail!), as well as  Schumann’s Märchenbilder, Bach suite no. 3 and some orchestral excerpts.  I’ll also be taking a summer class on French Translation, another class to add to my French minor, and I’ll be going back to Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Vermont.

This year is pretty critical: I’ll be taking grad school auditions, so I need to really step up my game since I’m taking an extra year in my undergrad (because I switched from violin major to viola major).  I really want to go out of state for grad school.  My teacher is great here, but both he and I want me to explore the musical world outside of Florida.  So far for my grad school options, I have:

  • University of North Texas
  • Université de Montréal
  • New York University
  • Texas Tech University
  • Eastman
  • Boston Conservatory
  • Boston University
  • University of North Carolina School of the Arts

It’s a long list, but the top 3 are the ones I’m most interested in going to.  So far at Green Mountain, I’ve studied with professors that teach at UNT, NYU and Texas Tech, and I really enjoyed working with them.  This summer I’ll be working again with Susan Dubois and Sheila Browne (North Carolina), and I’m hoping to potentially get some lessons with some of the other faculty there.

I’ve also been emailing a friend of a friend who studies viola at the Université de Montréal, and she absolutely loves her teacher there.  This option really interests me, especially because it would allow me to utilize my French minor.  Everything is in French; classes, rehearsals, etc.; so it seems a bit daunting, but also a great experience (nothing like diving in head-first!).  I would like to take a lesson with one of the professor there, Jutta Puchhammer-Sédillot, and if that works out, my next plan would be to apply for a Fulbright scholarship.

I have lots of things to think about and plan out, and hopefully some of them work out!

Happy practicing!