Earlier this week two of my young piano students, ages 9 and 10, spent a day at a chamber music festival in Blue Hill. Based on an earlier audition tape, they received music about eight weeks ago which was to be thoroughly learned by festival day. I gulped when I saw what they were to learn-it was quite a challenge! But we dove in, section by section, week by week, and they were ready.
Lily played two movements of a Mozart Serenade for strings and keyboard, while Mia performed a Purcell Chaconne for 2 violins and keyboard. Oh my, was I ever a proud teacher. Each group marched confidently upon the stage and took a professional bow together. The girls played on a beautiful Steinway grand in one of the best halls for chamber music in
And afterwards I cheered for them as if I were at a rock concert.
I can never say what music has meant to me other than it is my life, whether performing, teaching or listening. I see myself as a youngster in these two girls and take seriously my role in guiding them along this path. What a hopeful and inspiring afternoon, to hear them make music with others.
Bravo, Lily and Mia!