Symphony Season…wait for it

September marks the beginning of symphony season, but not this year.  Usually the Utah Valley Symphony would start rehearsing this month, but like many other symphonies all around the world, we are putting our season on hold or finding alternate ways to move forward in order to keep everyone safe.  I’ll keep you posted as to when we actually start rehearsing and you can look forward to our upcoming concerts at the Covey Center once again.  

I first substituted with the symphony while attending college.  It was under the direction of Dr. Clyn Barrus at the time.  I substituted for many years before a permanent position opened up.  I auditioned and, under the direction of Dr. Bryce Rytting, was appointed principal flute in 2002.   

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Today is Your Day

“You’re off to great places!  Today is your day!  Your mountain is waiting. So…get on your way!”  

This is from the beloved Dr. Seuss book, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!  If you have this book, go get it off your shelf today and read it again. If you don’t own it, try your local library or search for it online.  (Just to be clear, I am not being paid to endorse this book.)

It contains great advice for students or children preparing to step out into adult life for the first time as well as timely reminders for the rest of us who have been traveling that road a little longer or finding ourselves on an unexpected road.

Life is full of limitless opportunities for each of us, just waiting to be discovered.  You never know what possibilities or adventures or challenges may or may not come your way.  As the wise Dr. Seuss states, “Your mountain is waiting.”  Whether that mountain is learning to play the flute, developing another talent, reading a book, enduring health challenges, finding peacefulness of self-reflection, exploring the joy of gardening, doing well in school, or practicing giving others the benefit of the doubt, approach it one step at a time “and remember that life’s a Great Balancing Act.”

What are you waiting for?  Get going.  “Today is your day.”  Search for those great places!  “And will you succeed?  Yes!  You will, indeed!  (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)” 

Back to Basics

Summer goes by too fast every year! Like it or not, it’s that time again to prepare to go back to school.  This provides an opportunity to regroup, refocus, and realign ourselves.  For some, this would be referred to as going back to basics. defines back-to-basics as “stressing simplicity and adherence to fundamental principles.” defines back to basics as “returning to the simple and most important things.”

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What’s Your Song?

“In Summer…” Ahhhh, Summer.  It brings thoughts of watermelon, swimming pools, ice cream and fun.  While each season encompases beauty and brings its own enjoyment, I have to admit that I love summer!! Being born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, I love the sun and the heat.  Even though I moved away years ago, the summer heat brings back pleasant, carefree, childhood memories.

“The song sings itself.”  People sing.  Birds sing.  Flutes sing.  What song?  What is it singing?  What songs do you hear?  Famous French flutist, Marcel Moyse, once said that the flute is an extension of the voice.  If so, what song does your flute have to sing this summer?  

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