Much to my delight the summer of 2016 was filled with opportunities to work with motivated and talented students in front of vastly different backdrops. The Summer Institute of Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP or "Sick Puppy") at New England Conservatory kicked off the summer season with a residency by Vinko Globokar, legend of theatrical, sometimes bizarre, and always abundantly creative music. This year we helped participants stretch their instrumental skills in addition to singing, speaking, improvising, moving and all manner of inspired chaos.
Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, set in the bucolic hills of southern New Hampshire, provides the unique opportunity for musicians of all ages (12-80) and levels (conservatory student to beginner) to grow and experience community through chamber music. I can safely say everyone who attends is transformed and as a coach there for several years I would encourage every budding musician to participate.
Built in the 12th century, the Rouyaumont Abbey just outside of Paris currently hosts exclusively arts related programs. Talea Ensemble stayed there for two weeks working with advanced composers and performers from around the world, playing concerts, teaching lessons, and coaching chamber music.
Now that the fall season is well underway I'm happy to be back with my private students in and around Boston and my chamber music students at Mather House on the Harvard University campus. Other teaching highlights for me this season will include lectures to Music Humanities class at Columbia University as part of Talea Ensemble's year-long residency there and several other school visits with The City of Tomorrow in New England (details to follow soon!).