Musical Memories with My Sister

Rehearsing for our Aunt and Uncle’s 60th wedding anniversary

I grew up in a musical family where my mother was a piano, organ, and voice teacher and also the church choir director for over 50 years.  Each Christmas, while growing up, the choir would prepare a special musical program to perform the Sunday before Christmas.  This usually also consisted of a small chamber orchestra comprised of musicians from our local congregation.  My mother would have me write out orchestral parts to enhance the special choir worship service commemorating the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. This was the beginning of my efforts to arrange hymns for small groups of random musicians.  

My younger sister wanted to play a different instrument from her siblings and at age eight, began playing the cello. Just as soon as she could play a whole note, she was, naturally, added to the Christmas orchestra.  Aside from our family singing time, this was the beginning of making music together.

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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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