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IT IS TIME TO CELEBRATE OUR STUDENTS!

Do you sometimes wake up feeling lucky? I do. VERY rarely though! Most of the time it is “What day of the week is today? Why did I need to set the alarm? Do I really need to get out of bed?” School year (almost) came to a closure. I am very tired and yet, I am extremely thankful for all that happened. It doesn’t get much better, really.


So many of my students moved up in the Youth Symphony, congrats to all for your hard work and reaching your goals! (All that diligent practicing paid off, didn’t it?) I am thankful and humbled by the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association Teacher of the Year nomination that I received, and send my heartfelt congratulations to dear colleague, Jeri Jorgensen, for winning the award!


And to put the cherry on top of all this goodness, the coming two weeks will be bliss for my students. Check it out!


My darling, sweet, yet tough as a rock, Lydia McConkie, the one who endured a LOT this year,

and who is one of the “oldest babes” of the studio, is playing Saint-Saens’ Concerto No. 3 with

the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs. She did an amazing job performing the piece with the

Colorado Springs Youth Symphony on May 7. These two opportunities came as a result of

winning competitions hosted by the perspective orchestras.

When: Sunday, June 4 at 2:30 PM

Where: Broadmoor Community Church in Colorado Springs

Click here for Ticket information


Lydia McConkie in performance with the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony under the direction of Josep Caballé Domenech, May 7, 2023


Kyla & Capri White are amazing twin sisters, tackling a professional repertoire at 15! You’ve got to hear them! Kyla & Capri are inviting everyone to their farewell recital, as the family is moving out of state. I am crying selfish tears here but wish them the best-ever success in the future.

For their farewell concert, Kyla is going to play all three movements of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto; Capri has programed Gypsy Airs by Sarasate, Romance from Wieniawski’s Second Concerto, Tambourin Chinois by Kreisler, and Introduction & Rondo-Capriccioso by Saint-Saens. Not bad, huh?


When: Sunday, June 4 at 6:00 PM

Where: Ascension Lutheran Church in Colorado Springs

Attendance is free

Reception follows the performance


Kyla on the left, Capri on the right


The rest of my studio gang is engaging in less intense experiences: The (mostly) younger, up-and-coming violinists are working on a variety of pieces. The program will close with one of my favorite pieces of all time, Schubert’s B-flat Major Piano Trio played by Arwen Barak, Noah Song and Kate Swendsen.

Studio recital is free to all to attend.


When: Saturday, June 10 at 1:00 PM

Where: Manitou Art Center

(Be aware of problematical parking!)

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