77: Last day of camp. Had a performance for the parents. Everything went smoothly, and we’ve been told that the camp was a success.
78: Studying a little in the evening.
79: Trip to Rochester. Gave a performance last night with the faculty of the Eastman Jazz Camp, for which I’m teaching these next two weeks. Really great to play with all the Rochester cats again.
80: Ran auditions for the jazz camp. Maintaining composure while listening to auditions definitely requires some aspect of a performance mentality. Although I heard a lot of good playing, I think it’s important to be nice and professional when somebody makes a mistake. Overall, though, all the students have a lot of potential.
Played in the camp orchestra rehearsal today. I forgot how bugged I get when things are out of tune.
Also, I’m playing tonight at Vinology with Chris Buzzelli and Mark Kieme. Looking forward to this gig, as it is low stress and high fun. Thanks, Vinny!
71: More studying.
72: Picked up Jenine from the airport, then got ready for string camp.
73: First day of strings camp! Played a little bass for the kids and conducted an orchestra rehearsal. I forgot how much I liked conducting orchestra! Might try to find a way to do this more often in the future.
74: Second day of camp. A really great improvisation clinic! The kids are doing a great job.
75: Third day of strings camp. Faculty performance for the group. Played “Jordu” and Vivaldi Concerto Grosso no. 2 (?). Jenine played too and did a great job!
Day 69: My performance today, and most days in the future, will be consist partly of studying for my comps. I spent most of the day looking at the music of Guillaume Dufay and his contemporaries. Some of this stuff is really beautiful and striking.
Day 70: Had a great gig with Roger Jones and George Davidson. These guys really know how to play! It has an honor to play with such great musicians, and I thought we came up with some really creative stuff. Can’t wait to do that again.
Trying to get back on track a little. Had a performance with my students at the Rochester, MI Older Persons’ Commission. Everyone did a good job, although it wasn’t totally perfect. I really have to practice piano. Overall, I saw a lot of improvement.
63, 64: I’ve reached a new low. Too many days without a post and two days straight with no “true” performances. Ouch. I might be getting lazier, or busier. Not sure. Regardless, I think I’m failing. I promise to do better.
65: Better! Sang in church with the Lawson’s on Sunday. This was the Pentecost service. I’m starting to actually get familiar with the service and the music.
66: Class with students. The performance might be a little rough, but I’m sure they’ll do a good job.
67: Dwight asked me to play at Cliff Bell’s. This Tuesday night gig seems like it’s turning into a good hang. A few people came down to sit in including Rafael Staunton and Jordan Schug. A few Oakland students came down too.
61: Class. Had the students perform and record themselves (I played piano). This was the most effective teaching tool yet, as they were able to hear themselves, and understand that their concepts didn’t match the musical results. Very interesting.
62: Different type of performance maybe. Frisbee golf with friends. My “performance” was not spectacular. Looks like I need a little more practice.