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Amateur magician performing “children’s magic” for a birthday party audience (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This post is about playing “catch up” at the end of the semester.  I’m sure you all know how that feels!

Times and dates seemingly change at random, so “normal” is feeling like you’re in the wrong place.

Practicing consists of jumping from one type of writing to another, never having enough time to practice any one thing as well as you’d like.

Extra trips must be made because of added events, school and student schedule changes, additional traffic due to crowds attending added events, etc.

Your sleep, meals, time to return phone calls, computer time, and just about everything else are affected.

These are all things that needed to be addressed during the past 3 weeks:

  • Patriots Day (only in MA), which changed bus schedules

  • 2 trips to Amherst College to pick up music

  • 2 trips for rehearsals, 1 for final rehearsal and concert

  • Learning parts for Hampshire College Chorus

    • One score badly notated

    • One open score in shape notes, no piano reduction

    • Haydn’s “The Heavens are Telling,” which I did not want to crash through

  • Changed times for students’ lessons due to their schedules

  • More trips than usual to practice organ, necessitated by other schedule commitments

  • Practicing solos for Gilbert & Sullivan auditions next weekend

  • Making a dent in scheduling our new concert series

  • Contacting possible volunteers for 13 summer Sundays when choir is on vacation

Things will calm down after next weekend. By then, there will “only” be church music, concert series details, summer Sunday details, solo recital music, Gilbert & Sullivan choruses and ensembles (i.e. the remainder of the operetta), and arts transcription to do.

By the way, I love being busy. But I prefer to have a more settled schedule.

How do you handle the end of the semester? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below!


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