The Mid-Semester Rush
They say this time of year flies by, and they’re not wrong. With only a little over a month left in the semester, I have to juggle preparing for juries, chamber performances, orchestra concerts, and any last-minute gigs or recordings that might come up. Right now, I’m playing in a wind ensemble cycle, a woodwind quartet written by a Juilliard pre-college composer, a pre-college orchestra, and a student-led opera orchestra.
With so many upcoming rehearsals, it’s important to find plenty of time for self-care--and practicing! Sometimes I have full days of class, work, and rehearsal, and I don’t even have time to practice my instrument. By making sure I keep up with deadlines, maintain a consistent sleep schedule, and still remember to relax, I’m able to be more productive. Despite the chaos that comes with the end of the year, I try to remind myself to enjoy the process of creating beautiful music with my talented peers--after all, that’s the best part of music-making!