Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Cello Choir, Tuesday

Cello choir was warm and delightful last night, kind of like a good family holiday gathering. There are five of us, all women of a certain age, plus our [woman] teacher. Each has been playing for about 5-8 years. All love the cello, love playing together, and enjoy each other's company. We also play reasonably well together, having been playing together 3-5 years.

Carol, a talented artist, craftsperson, and cellist, brought hand-crocheted "scrubbies" for all, to be used to clean cello strings. She had also created a beautiful collage of photographs of a recent recital, for the teacher. The teacher gave us all cello mutes for a piece we are playing (Farewell to Nova Scotia). I grabbed some String Magazine reprints of articles on adult amateur string players from the lobby of the Conservatory and distributed those. (Several articles: how to find a teacher, ensemble class, playing in a community orchestra, and building self-confidence, all from the May 2007 issue of Strings Magazine. Strings has an online forum, and one of the articles encourages readers to share their experiences as adult beginners at the online String Talk forum. I had a little trouble registering--no place to indicate a password. Later, though, I got a password via e-mail. I haven't had time to check back to see if there has been any activity on this topic.)

Then, we got some new music, mostly very playable, with some challenging spots for interest: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring by Bach, and La Diva deL'empire March by Satie. Both fun to play.

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