Q: Would you tell us something about your pre-ABS life that most of us don’t know?
Despite my lack of an accent, I was born and raised in Texas!
Q: How have you coped with sheltering-in-place?
It’s been a tough couple of months, and I am anxious about what the future holds for all of us. I normally measure the passing of time with my weekly concert schedule which is typically very busy during the spring and into the summer. I am continually astounded by how much time has already passed and that it is already July. It will be a truly joyful moment to share and make music with my friends again.
Like so many other people, my heart is heavy with sadness for how our country has treated our fellow Black Americans. This time has given me a real opportunity to think about who I am and how I can help put an end to what continues to be a shameful part of our country’s history. I should have reflected on this sooner and hope that real change is imminent.
Beside all of that, I feel lucky to have a small studio of students that I continue to teach online. Learning how to be an effective teacher through our computer screens is certainly a challenge, but these kiddos make me laugh and smile. My husband Dominic, also seen playing trumpet with ABS, and I have been keeping ourselves busy with a long list of home improvement projects as well. Since the middle of March, we have refinished and hung seven doors throughout the house, built raised garden beds outside, and updated a linen closet. Dominic has built some beautiful furniture for the house as well, including a bookcase that he made to fit all of our oversized scores!
Q: So many musical performances have been canceled recently, but have you been able to take on any new musical projects? Have you delved into repertory that you hadn’t had time to work on before?
Like many of my colleagues, I fantasize about what it would be like to play a different instrument. For me, I often admired the lute for its intimate quality and ability to both play a melody and accompaniment. I have long enjoyed and listened to the dozens of lute sonatas by Sylvius Leopold Weiss. During this time, I “turned” my viola into a lute by retuning the strings to Bb-F-D-G and have been slowly transcribing one of them into a reimagined piece for scordatura viola.