A Semester in Review
Whew! How are we already in December?! It seems like I just moved to New York, and now the semester is already beginning to wind down. There’s still a little over a week of classes left and final exams after that, but fortunately for me, most of my major performances and projects are already finished. So what have I accomplished in my first semester at Juilliard? By the numbers:
- 3 new song cycles learned
- 4 new sonatas learned
- 10 public concerts performed in
- 22 concerts/performances attended
- 57 hours of orchestra rehearsals
- 210 hours of classes/lessons
- Too many hours of practice to count!
The numbers are pretty cool, but I think what’s even cooler is to think of the musician I was in August compared to the musician I am now. In just a few short months at Juilliard, I’ve totally changed how I practice, how I rehearse with colleagues, and how I approach music. By immersing myself in the arts, I’ve discovered just how important it is to me to continue on this journey—and how much there’s nothing else I’d rather be doing.
So far at Juilliard, I’ve met some amazing people from all over the world—teachers, students, performers—and they’ve all inspired me to work even harder at my craft, especially when I feel like giving up most. Knowing that I’ve come this far in just one semester makes me even more excited for what’s to come in the rest of my time here.