It seems like the Christmas season is quickly approaching and the performances are starting to line up! There’s an almost 2 week span in early December where I have rehearsals and performances almost every day. While I’m sure more events and performances will be added to my calendar when all is said and done, I wanted to go ahead and share the ones I know.
I’ll be performing with the Georgia Philharmonic in their annual Christmas program in early December for two performances. Both concerts will be at the Roswell United Methodist Church in Roswell, Georgia and feature the RUMC choir. This will be my first time performing with the Georgia Philharmonic and I’m very much looking forward to working with them!
Friday December 7, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Sunday December 9, 2018 at 3:00 pm
Last year I had the wonderful experience of performing with the Roueche Chorale’s Candlelight Service of Lessons & Carols up in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I’m thrilled to have been asked to return this year and am excited to perform with the chorale and ensemble again! Both performances will be at the Ridgedale Baptist Church in Chattanooga.
Thursday December 13, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Friday December 14, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Another new ensemble (to me) this year is the Cherokee Chorale in Canton, Georgia. I’ll be performing with the chorale and ensemble in two concerts in mid-December, both at the Canton First United Methodist Church. This will be the first time for me to perform so close to where we live, so I’m excited for the opportunity to meet and perform with more local people and maybe even some neighbors.
Saturday December 15, 2018 at 5:00 pm
Sunday December 16, 2018 at 3:00 pm
Keep an eye out here and on my Facebook page for any updates regarding these performances or others that I might add to to my calendar!
Other Christmas Things?
While I had been in the process of preparing a Christmas recital in early December, I made the decision to forego the Christmas recital this year as my professional commitments began to build up. That said, I have created and prepared a few Christmas arrangements and pieces that I hope to record and have available for viewing/listening on my website as Christmas approaches. As always, keep an eye out here and on my Facebook page for updates!
Continued Recovery & the New Store
As mentioned in a previous post, work on my arrangements and items for my new store had to be shelved after my accident, until I was able to get back to playing and working on my music regularly. I started physical therapy a few weeks ago and have gotten back to playing regularly. Recovery seems painfully slow, but I do notice a difference since starting PT last month and my therapists assure me that I’ll be back to 100% in no time!
My attention is divided among several projects and things that I’m working on, but my current goal is to start having a few of my arrangements available for purchase on my store by the beginning of the new year. The first available arrangements will be a few of the hymns that can be heard on my Inspirations CD.
What’s in the Works for Next Year?
For the summer of 2019, I have been asked to be the guest instructor at a week-long harp retreat again. I don’t know that my involvement has been made known to those who attend the retreat just yet, so I won’t be officially announcing it until I know that it’s ok. I’m excited for another full week of teaching, I had such a great time at the camps I taught at this year.
With a busy schedule pushing me to forego a Christmas recital this winter, I’m already looking ahead to performances in 2019. Right now, I’m trying to decide between doing a couple of full recitals in the late spring, or focusing my performances towards videos and online viewing. If I do full recitals like I did earlier this year, I’m already thinking of a few really fantastic pieces that I would love to perform and share with my audiences! I’ve always been one for playing the less traditional pieces (not wanting to play the same things as everyone else), so some of the pieces are really wonderful and unique. If I decide not to do full recitals, I have plans to get back to recording a lot more videos in the coming year.
For my students, I’m hoping to put on another Masterclass in the spring. I’m in early planning stages, having just sent out some feelers to my students to see if there is interest or feedback from the Masterclass earlier this year. After the class we had back in February, I got some immediate feedback that was very positive, so I’m hoping to build on that and continue offering this opportunity for my students to perform and learn.
I’m sure there are things I’m forgetting, but I’ll be sure to give updates as info becomes available!