Well, whaddya know, I made it through my first year of teaching little ones and you know what? I actually like it! Surprisingly, I also seem to be pretty good at it. Just remember, folks, it's all about the alto clef. :-) Okay, okay, most of the violins are doing well too.

I've got a couple of duo recitals coming up soon, with violinist Lino Tanaka, we're performing Mozart K. 423 and the Handel/Halvorssen Passacaglia, maybe other stuff. Lots of work, but lots of fun too. Things are hairy on the quartet front again - let's use the usual euphemism of "personal differences" and leave it at that. But we're still trying, so if there are any violinists out there who want to play and know what they're doing and won't be divas, get in touch. In the meantime, Kate Marsch and I are planning on splitting a recital in the fall to get ourselves back into the performing state of mind, and there's more flutey stuff on the schedule for August as well.

Spring has been full of home-improvement type projects, with the result that I will never be afraid to live in an old house 'cause it seems like all I've done for the past few weekends (other than rehearse) is strip paint, sand, spackle, repaint, and other messy, smelly things that look great when you're done but can be a bit of a hassle in the doing. I just wish it were my house. Oh well. Perhaps I'll have one eventually... And for those of you who know my car, it hit 200,000 miles! Totally amazing. Toyota Camrys are so great. Gotta love a car where you can fit an entire string quartet in it and still have some personal space. Wonder how many miles it's got left in it? It's older than most of my students - but then again, that's not too hard to do. Oh well, it has to keep going till I have more than diddleysquat in my savings account, so good car... good car...

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