Tomorrow morning I leave for Philadelphia to visit the first of 5 potential graduate schools Temple University. I am very excited and I hope that I don't forget to do anything important while I'm there. I never did the college visits when I was applying for my undergrad, so this will be a brand new experience!
School has started without me and I am loving it! Not having to be somewhere at 6:50 in the morning is wonderful :) I just get to get up, workout, and then start practicing. Or run errands when there is no one else out. My grocery shopping time has been cut in half!
I am working on the first movement of the Barber violin concerto and obsessively listening to Joshua Bell's recording. I am in love with the first note. It is home to me and every time I hear it or play it, I feel content. Which can be rather dangerous with the Barber for the tricky tonality at the bottom of the first page. I am also playing the last 2 movements of the Bach CM Unaccompanied Sonata which have both been favorites of mine for a long time. I feel like I am coming full circle with them. When I first started to apply to undergrad, I picked out those two movements for a couple of schools audition requirements. I worked so hard on them, but wasn't able to really play them well. I just didn't have the technique to do it at that point. Now I am playing them and I have found the fun in Bach. Paganini 16 is still growing on me. I love the first 3 lines, but I have yet to love the rest of it.
Orchestra has started again. I'm back in the first violins; didn't get the principle second job. Oh, well. Less stress for me! But not really since the first program is killer...
I have procrastinated long enough for now. Back to practicing!!!