Tuesday, October 29, 2013

CBC MGSO Musician Feature

Hey All!

Here is the link that features musicians of the MGSO for our concert this Sunday. I am in it! w00t! And I look a lot older than the 18-year old girls. Oh, mortality.

I am an Auntie!

Hey All!

My sister-in-law Melissa and her husband Greg just had their first child today. Her name is Annalise. She was 8 lbs 9 oz and 19.75 inches long. She was delivered at 42 weeks by caesarean section.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

This week: media star!

Hey All!

This week, I am a face in a CBC article to promote the MGSO concert at Place des Arts this upcoming weekend. I will post the link when it is up on Wednesday!  I am also going to be interviewed and possibly play a little oboe for a morning news show in Montreal on Friday morning to advertise for the concert. Craziness! I'm a bit nervous. I should go and make reeds now.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal

Jerry and Starla visited Montreal for two days. They took me out to dinner and we went and saw a sound and light show at the Notre-Dame Basilica. So fun! For some background, Mom and Dad met Jerry and Starla in Madison, WI at Wisconsin Lutheran Chapel when they were all much younger. Starla is and has been for many years, the head librarian at Wisconsin Lutheran College, which is a pretty good school! My cousin Jim is a professor there as well.

Here are some photos of the Basilica.

My Professor's Book is Out! And Embouchure Modeling...

Click here to check out or order Jacqueline Leclair's new book Oboe Secrets: 75 Performance Strategies for the Advanced Oboist and English Horn Player.

In it, you can see me model some sexy embouchures.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

This is 26

On October 5, I turned 26. My friends Lindsay and Ben had me over and Lindsay and Nadia made chicken, onions, and cake. We also did facials and our nails. w00t!


Lindsay and Nadia!

Me and cake!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Free Live-Stream Tomorrow (Saturday, October 5th!)

Hey All!

We just finished our first McGill Symphony Orchestra Concert. The second concert of this program is tomorrow night, Saturday, October 5, 2013, at 7:30 pm eastern time in Pollack Hall on the McGill Campus in Montreal. It is also streaming live online! (6:30 pm central for all you Wisconsinites!) Click here for the link to listen.

This concert is listed as #20 in CBC's top 20 orchestra concerts to see in Canada in the 2013-2014 season. That's pretty awesome considering everything else is quite professional! Well, we are considered quite professional too ;)

I'm playing principal oboe in the Ginastera Harp Concerto, the second work on the program.


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Finding oboe opportunities in rural Minnesota

Hey All!

I am desperately trying to not feel suffocated in my USA home while in my last few months in Montreal. We live in a very rural part of Minnesota. The people I have talked to have reinforced how difficult it is to find performance work there. The encouraging thing is, that I am the most professional musician for at least 50 square miles, but that is because there is no market for it.

I have a piano student all lined up for January. I will work on recruiting a studio when I'm home at Thanksgiving vacation. My website will be a huge help for creating a "get-to-know-me" feel without actually being there. My new student's mom said she liked reading about my performances and listening to my recordings. If I can spread the word via flyers and newspaper ads referring people to my website, that should be helpful!

I've also been e-mailing community colleges and Universities to let them know I am in the area for if anything ever comes up (like their oboe prof going on sabbatical or they need a interim musicology lecturer). I have had one response so far. When I graduate, I will e-mail them all again, attaching my CV and really pushing my website. I will also try, try, try to attend any performances they put on.

This brings me to the other problem with this arrangement: money for gas, money for concerts, money for professional clothes that aren't falling apart. I made our budget off of J's money to be very generous for gas, but none for clothes, none for concerts. I have some subbing lined up, but I hope it is enough to have savings and to cover these other things. I will basically work to support what I want to do and hope it is enough start-up capital for me to actually be able to do what I want.

And when will I be home for my husband? I am not the type to throw-out my career dreams. I hope it all works out. I want to homeschool our hypothetical children so I can spend time with them before running off to do my career stuff. If I don't homeschool, they won't have a mommy around very often. That wouldn't be good.

And I really, really want some adjunct positions. It would make getting a real University tenure-track job so much easier if I decide to go back for that DMA. If I find my niche in rural MN, I will probably not want to go back though. We will see.

I'm finding it hard to balance my hypothetical career with my real and present marriage in my mind. I've been reading a lot of Penelope Trunk to learn how to cope. Once-upon-a-time, I thought I would have my life together by this age: a career, a house, a husband, a dog, maybe a kid. Everybody would be perfect and happy. Why do so few people tell you that life actually gives us headaches?