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Category: Music education

  • Summit Strings Cuba Concert

    Summit Strings began in 2008 when our most senior local violin and viola students began playing ensemble music together on a regular basis. It has evolved as students moved away, moved on, graduated or what-have-you. For a couple of years we had a tight group of five, and they anchored the first half of a […]

  • Recital time

    It’s been a challenging year musically for all three kids. Erin moved away, and though the other kids would never articulate that she was a motivating force in their music studies, she certainly “normalized” diligent daily practicing around our house. Not only that, but as a member of the Suzuki group class and of Summit […]

  • Voices West and lupine wall

    Fiona and I painted this along the wall of Sophie’s bedroom while she was gone to a choral festival in Edmonton. We had hoped to do it on her birthday while she was at school, but there was a power failure that day, and not only were things dark and cold in the room as […]

  • A Symphony Year

    Noah has now completed a year’s worth of concerts with the Symphony of the Kootenays. This year, with Erin gone, he’s the only student member. His mom plays in the second violins and even though she’d rather play viola, she enjoys it. And what a difference a year makes! Can you see him there, to […]

  • Family Chamber Music

    It’s family reunion time here in the Kootenays. Amidst all the food and banter and hiking and paddling and running and bouncing on the trampoline and swimming and basking in the sun and talking late into the evenings, there’s also chamber music. Erin, my sister Anna, my brother Jonathan, Noah. My three kids filling out […]

  • SVI 2011

    Another Suzuki Valhalla Institute has come and gone in a whirlwind. It was odd not having Erin around being part of it. And several other members of her cohort of advanced students had also moved on, so the next bunch of kids became more senior and thrived in their new roles.  Fiona moved up to […]

  • Her summer

    This is where Erin is living right now. Curiously enough it’s the same university residence system I lived in when I first left home. Almost, but not quite, the same building. I dropped her off at the airport a couple of weeks ago. The day before we’d arrived in Kelowna in time to do some […]

  • Second market and other bits of news

    Quick update from the second market. Despite the dreary weather (cool and raining on and off all day) Fiona sold out her teas again quickly (proceeds: $25, initial investment now recouped), and Sophie, who had taken huge quantities of candy with her, sold almost all of it. Just a couple of lollipops left, one gift […]

  • Mother’s Day Concert

    Need I say more? It was a great concert. They are great kids. The music was fabulous. And then after it was over, Erin and Sophie did a quick presto-change-o and became choral accompanist and soprano and did the community choir performance as well.

  • Corazón

    The recording above was made at their first performance of the season, a couple of weeks ago in Silverton. That’s Erin you see in the title frame, second from the left in front. Noah figures a few times in the course of the video, one of the guys in the front row. The performance was pretty good […]

  • Dvorak Symphony

    Last weekend Noah, Erin and I, together with another long-time local student and friend, headed off for another weekend at with the Symphony. Noah had done one previous program with this group, Erin and I had done two and it was J.’s first. The program was bigger and meatier this time, though, with two big […]

  • Montreal visit

    Random wrought-iron work Erin and I went to Montreal together this past week. I wanted to see what all the fuss was about, how it was that she went last fall to “check out the University and get some lessons” and came back saying that she needed to move there now. Well, not really. I […]

  • She’s in!

    Yesterday we aborted our trip to Calgary after 6 hours on the road, getting turned back by avalanche closures on the passes. And then we went for a night-time run in town and a couple of hours at the gym. So she was still sleeping at 9 this morning when the phone rang. I woke […]

  • Seventeen years of awesome

    You may have noticed that as the years roll by I post less and less about my older kids. That’s because I sense that they don’t necessarily want every moment of their lives chronicled in public through their parents’ eyes. They’re their own people, and they have strong sense of privacy about things that are […]

  • Suzuki recital

    Yesterday was our winter Suzuki recital. All the kids who study locally with my mom or me played. For the first time we were able to “hire from within” for the accompanying. Erin hasn’t had a piano lesson in two years, but she continues to enjoy accompanying. She is making pretty good money as the […]