The Storm Before the Calm
With the end of the year approaching faster than an impatient New York taxi driver, it’s easy to want to finally take a break. Unfortunately, there’s no time for that until the impending doom of performances, juries, and finals week have passed. Right now, I’m part of the orchestra in Juilliard’s production of Janacek’s Katya Kabanova, and after several weeks of long, meticulous rehearsing, we’re finally finishing up our last performance. It’s exciting to be a part of the opera, and it’s an honor to be accompanying the vocalists, who sound incredible.
Once the opera is over, I’ll have a few final days to prepare for my jury. As a first year, I have to prepare two contrasting pieces as well as two flute excerpts and a piccolo excerpt. In preparing for my jury, I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on the improvements I’ve made and putting into perspective all of the experiences and inspirations I’ve gathered since coming to Juilliard. In a way, it’s more exciting than nerve-wracking to be able to show the flute faculty the growth I’ve experienced this year.
After juries are finals, and after that, it’s finally summer! It’s hard to believe I’m almost finished with my first year here. Although the next few weeks will be even more intense than usual, the promise of relaxation will get us through the final stretch.