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Just a quick note: If you are one of the 50 or so contacts that I emailed about this blog, please comment. It's lovely that you're here, but I don't know you were until you comment!

Thanks,
Sheila

The Preparation Begins!!!



So, summer is finally here, and with it LOTS of STUFF!!! I'm really busy preparing musically, scales and pieces and studies for the Galway masterclass! You know, I don't think I'll ever have my scales perfect. They are crazy, really they are. I'm working on them with the tuning CD, backwards, forwards, tops, tails, tonic to tonic, random modes, improvisation in a key, ANYTHING that might make them stick into my head, and yet, invariably, when I come back the next day to work on them, my head feels empty and I just have to wonder if everything I did the day before was all in my imagination. Slowly but surely, however, they are coming, I've got scales up to 4 sharps and 3 flats down and comfortable, and I'm working on 5 sharps and 4 flats. Fortunately, there are some that I learned well before, such as Bb major (thank you, Grade 7 school band!) and D major (I have a random affinity to that scale) and, because of that, their relative minors come easy. At least that. :)

I think I've settled on performing the J.S. Bach Sonata 1035 for Sir James, which means now I'm working on memorization. The annoying bit is that my ears know the piece inside out and backwards, but my fingers don't necessarily, and while my interval recognition is good, it's not THAT good, that I can hear it in my head and just always play it perfectly. *sigh* So many things to work on and learn. It's nice to be playing it again though, I'm enjoying it.

I'm also working crazy on studies, (etudes; tough music that trains specific techniques) brushing up old ones, speeding up new ones. Extra double and triple-tonguing practice, and of course, the scales come in really handy there. This past week I've just felt like I finally know what I'm doing when I get to practicing. Before last Wednesday I was feeling crazy and all over the place, so much that I really didn't accomplish anything at lesson. Jen was very gracious, and let me cry and feel sorry for myself. Haha...not smart, but still okay once in a while. The sunshine is making me feel much more together. :) Yay Summer!


I've also been figuring out what I need to bring and pack, how I'm going to pack it, what I'll wear to travel, and all that great stuff. I practically need another suitcase for all my music related things. I think it will be really fun, because I'll be bringing my flute in my carry-on, and I just can't WAIT to see the look on the security officers' faces when they see this big metal thing in my bag on their little view screen. "Please take this out ma'am, what is it?" "A flute!" And if they ask me to play it (which they have been known to do, evidentially) I'll die laughing. Should be interesting, to say the least. :)

Life is full, even aside from trip planning, as I finally got around to taking my Standard First Aid this past weekend (passed with a 99% yay!!!), and so I'm now certified to operate an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and all sorts of first-aid-y things. A lot of it I knew from my previous lifeguarding courses, but it's still fantastic to have, especially going away like this. Now if someone falls off the Colosseum and is unconscious and not breathing and has no pulse, I'm up-to-date on what to do. It's crazy how often they change the CPR protocol, I mean, really!

I've been volunteering like crazy at the pool with swim lessons, and I now have done 29 hours since last summer! Pretty awesome! Can't wait to make it 30. I'm still teaching piano and flute right up until we go, as well, so that kind of chops up my weeks. I wish it wasn't Tuesday and Friday. It would be a ton easier if it were all on one day. I think I'll have to follow Rosemary's lead and consolidate my teaching days in the fall (hopefully I'll have more students to consolidate!). Next week I'm hoping to make it to the International Choral Kathaumixw, (Google it) at least for a day or so, and that should be really amazing, and also next Saturday I have an arts fest to go to. Should be...interesting... to say the very least. ;D I'm actually really excited, but I'm sure there will be plenty of colour. :)

In any case, this post has been far too long already. Let me know if you'd prefer shorter posts. I think I'm going to do a mass email now and let everyone who might not know about this blog know, because I think I have some friends and family who will want to peek while I'm gone.

I assure you, these posts will get more interesting, as soon as I leave, I'm sure. I'm just in a sharing details mood today, and really, it's just day-to-day life.

Love and peace to you all.

And just as a word of encouragement, stop and smell the roses today, (or pick the berries, or stare at the sky, or daydream in the forest...) even if it means tramping through the woods to do so. :) Let me know how it went, little moments of beauty always brighten my day.

Sheila Christine

Notice

Hello friends!  From here on in, you'll find that all the posts were posted on the ORIGINAL 'An Instrument in Christ's Hands' blog. 

Just so you know!
In Christ,
Sheila
Hello friends!  From here on in, you'll find that all the posts were posted on the ORIGINAL 'An Instrument in Christ's Hands' blog. 

Just so you know!
In Christ,
Sheila

Always Exploring


I told you I'd tell you about my trip. Well, until we get back, this blog here is going to be rather quiet. I'm starting a new blog to blog about anything and everything related to our big trip to Europe this summer. You can visit it at:

www.exploratorylife.blogspot.com

Here is a copy of the latest post over there:

"To begin with, this blog will be a diary of my big trip this summer. We'll be gone for 5 weeks, and I'm getting rather excited, as well as a bit nervous! I have the chance of a lifetime, as I've been accepted as a participant (performer) at James Galway's international flute masterclass in Weggis, Switzerland, where he now resides. To find out more about James Galway and his amazing flute career, visit www.thegalwaynetwork.com

We will also be spending a relaxing week in Italy, and visiting friends and family in the town where I was born in Switzerland. The last week of our trip will be spent near Montreu, Switzerland, where I will attend a woodwind ensemble week with other young musicians from around the world, and learning one-on-one from Cormac Henry, principle flutist of the Liverpool Orchestra.

Questions? Feel free to ask. Hopefully soon I'll be posting updates on the happenings and preparations that go along with this trip.

Best,
Sheila Christine"

And here is a copy of the trip schedule:

July 12 - Drive to the city where we will fly out on the 13th
July 13-15 - Toronto
July 16-19 - Rome
July 20-26 - Tuscany
July 27- August 2 or 4 - Thun, my hometown in Switzerland
August 3 or 5 - 9 Weggis, for James Galway flute masterclass
August 10-15 - Blonay, for woodwind ensemble week
August 16 - Zurich
August 17 - Fly to Canada
August 18 - Drive home

Hope to see you commenting on the other blog!

Sheila

To begin with, this blog will be a diary of my big trip this summer. We'll be gone for 5 weeks, and I'm getting rather excited, as well as a bit nervous! I have the chance of a lifetime, as I've been accepted as a participant (performer) at James Galway's international flute masterclass in Weggis, Switzerland, where he now resides. To find out more about James Galway and his amazing flute career, visit www.thegalwaynetwork.com

We will also be spending a relaxing week in Italy, and visiting friends and family in the town where I was born in Switzerland. The last week of our trip will be spent near Montreu, Switzerland, where I will attend a woodwind ensemble week with other young musicians from around the world, and learning one-on-one from Cormac Henry, principle flutist of the Liverpool Orchestra.

Questions? Feel free to ask. Hopefully soon I'll be posting updates on the happenings and preparations that go along with this trip.

Best,
Sheila Christine

My apologies...

So sorry for the delay in writing. This post is going to be much like Erica and Sadie's last ones.

Ummmm..... life is crazy, what with just living and all. :D Plus preparing for our trip, which I will brief you on in the next post. Hopefully that post will be soon, but I can't say exactly.

Do enjoy the other blogs in my sidebar, and chat away in the Cbox. :)

Hugs,
Sheila

Choral music

Hello friends,

I have been blessed to sing with amazing choirs in my life. I sang in an incredible children's choir for 4 years, and I am so blessed to have had that opportunity. I joined another fantastic choir in January, and hopefully in September will be switching (can't add it because practice is on the same night) to a stunning small youth chamber choir. I've also had the opportunity to play flute withe the children's choir I used to belong to at Christmas, and will be doing so again this year again, as well as playing flute for the choir I joined in January. I also have been presented with an amazing offer to join that same youth/children's choir and sing with them in Hawaii next year. (don't know yet, cost...) I helped out with percussion at another stunning choral concert recently, and just listening to that music tingled the hair on the back of my neck. Choral music is seeping into my soul and getting the better of me.

Today I looked up a boy's choir from London, England, and watched this video. This is Libera. If it doesn't leave you with an open mouth and an amazing, peaceful, stunned, tingling-hair feeling, then I can't understand you. This is beyond words.



Peace,
Sheila

Life in the world of FLUTE!



Well, it's over. Woohoo! Sort of, anyway. :)

One week ago today, I competed in the Provincial competitions for the British Columbia performing arts, as the representative of my area. I came in 2nd for the Province in my age range! Yay!!! It was a really fun day, spent with my Mom, Jenni, and Marianne, and I was blessed to have that opportunity.

Then, on Saturday evening, I had the opportunity to perform solo with a local Chamber Orchestra. It was so much fun! A couple slip-ups on my part, (always in places you've never messed up before) but also I made it through some tricky passages (that I often mess up!) just beautifully. It was a lot of fun, and I felt so loved! It was also REALLY neat to get my hair done:


I have some video footage now, but I will save it until it is better edited, and then I will share it with you. :)

Until then,
God bless,
Sheila
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