RCICW Wrap up rap

And so, the concert finished, we celebrated our accomplishments with a few rounds of drinks and called it a workshop. The only thing missing is a comment or two from the students- who I knew read this thing….   It’s probably a silly exercise to try and sum up such busy week with such a […]

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RCICW 08 Day 7

The last day of the RCICW has a very different rhythm to the rest of the week. Gone are the regular conducting sessions with orchestra, and all the thrills and stress they bring. Instead, we spend the morning doing one-on-one coaching sessions with the students, followed by a brief discussion session to wrap up the […]

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RCICW 08 Day 6

Our final full day of teaching at the 2008 RCICW was a rather epic one. We began the day with the Beethoven F minor Quartet, op 95 (the “Serioso”), with which we had started the workshop on Monday. I was altogether happier with the second session, mostly for two related reasons. First, I think those […]

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RCICW 08 Day Five

Day 5 done, the hour is late….. Today was all conducting, no talking (no seminars, that is)- three sessions with the orchestra (four musicians played all three services!). I can’t remember any other day in the last four years here during which I thought I saw so many students conduct the best I’d seen them […]

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RCICW 08 Day 3 and 4

I really like to blog about the conducting workshop, so the fact that I missed out yesterday is a good indication of this week’s feverish pace. Yesterday, Day 3, was all conducting- Stravinsky Octet in the morning with the Discover Program students, then the Dvorak Wind Serenade in the afternoon and finally Madame Butterfly in […]

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RCICW 08 Day Two

Day two of the RCICW- there is still so much I want to say about my week at Round Top and last week in Pendleton, but the hour is late and so I must limit myself to thoughts about today. We began today with the Discovery Program students conducting the 1st mvt of the Stravinsky […]

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RCICW 08 Day One!

I’ve literally not had a second to sit down and do even the shortest blog post in some time, and don’t have any time now either. However, the beginning of the Rose City International Conductor’s Workshop each summer has become such an important moment in my year that I couldn’t let the occasion pass without […]

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Cheesehead Intermezzo

I’m sorry for the lack of new content here this week- I’ve been in my hometown of Madison, Wisconsin for a few days, and there has been a lot of sentimental favorite beers and coffees that had to be consumed, as well old friends and family to visit. Musically, Madison was once a hidden treasure. […]

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Back at Round top

I’m on the ground for an all-too-short to Festival Hill at Round Top, my first visit here in several years. The food is still great, and the grounds are as beautiful- an inimitable mixture of the immaculate and the rough-and ready, with stone monuments and incredible woodcarving next to old sheds and dirt roads. The […]

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