New Year, New Repertoire
We’re back! After a lot of this over break:
It’s time for a lot of THIS:
(Note: that’s Yuja Wang. Not me. I’ll let you know when I can get my hands to do that.)
It’s true—I probably took it to heart a little too much when my professors wished me a “restful” break, but that means that I’m all the more revved up for the new semester.
I’m learning a LOT of new repertoire right now, which is a part of the preparation process I really enjoy. Going through and trying to internalize a piece note by note can be tedious, but there are so many mini-discoveries that happen along the way. It’s like unlocking a bunch of little secrets that eventually give way to a larger structure that you never saw at first glance.
So what am I learning all this stuff for anyway? Spring is primetime for collaborative pianists, between degree recitals, juries, and auditions. It’s going to be a busy schedule, but I’m super pumped to dive into it.
Some things that I’m looking forward to in particular this semester:
- Back-to-back Liederabend concerts in January and February
- Some really cool classes, including one called “The Art of Vocal Coaching”
- FOCUS! Festival concert with the Juilliard Orchestra (featuring the music of Milton Babbitt)
- European tour to Dublin and London as part of the Drums and Guns concert over spring break (stay tuned for more info on that!)
- Collaboration with Juilliard Dance in March
Whew! It’s a lot to take on, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. So excited to conquer my next semester at this incredible place!