What a rewarding feeling when all of the work that you have put into something finally comes to fruition. This afternoon, after months of preparation, I performed my junior recital; now my family has left and I am sitting in my room watching an opera, soon to be getting ready for the Ball this evening. Is it really over? It just seems so surreal.
Granted, I should know this feeling by now, because I have been involved in so many musical and theatrical productions that I should expect it. However, somehow this sadness at the end of every recital, concert, play, musical, opera, or other production still surprises me every time.
For my recital, putting together an hour of music after returning from Spain was a bit of a challenge because I wasn’t able to do much work in the fall semester on my pieces. There were foreign language pieces to memorize, high notes to work up to, ornaments to run over and over again, complicated accompaniments to collaborate with, and also just details like writing my program and planning the reception. Luckily, with a lot of practice, an excellent voice teacher, and a talented accompanist who was willing to work extra with me, I was able to put the program together for a performance that I was truly proud of.
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I wrote that first half on Saturday, but I thought it would be good to keep and use it, even though I am finishing out this entry two days later.
Monday mornings I have my voice lesson, and after working just a little bit, we gave my voice a rest and started talking about my recital next year – after all, it is never too early to begin planning! My voice teacher took more and more song books off of her shelf, creating quite a pile, and we just sat down at the piano and sort of sang through a few different songs, discussing what types of pieces I wanted to sing next year. More Spanish? – I do love Spanish. Some Czech? She is from the Czech Republic, so it is a great opportunity to do some different repertoire. French? Well, I did not have any this year, so why not? And so it went, and I left with several books to start looking through.
So after a couple of days life goes on as usual, though my semester is far from being finished. This weekend we have the opera workshop performances, so right now I am just getting ready for the next event! Ah, the life of a musician. . . as much as it can get stressful and just kind of crazy with all the rehearsals, preparation, and general time commitment, when it actually comes time to get up on stage and do it, I remember every time why I love performing and decided to be a music major.