I wanted to share about some of the projects that I've been doing outside of the studio as of late. As a piano teacher, you tend to have your hand in a little bit of everything which is exciting that there can be such a demand on your skills in such a vast arena! Here are just a few of the wonderful doors that have opened to me during my career:
Now that last one is extra cool! I have been given this amazing opportunity to musically direct a beloved musical called Rent, and what a learning experience it has been! I'm humbled by the fact that I am even here, with an incredibly talented cast at San Jose State University withOUT a degree in musical theatre. It is also an exciting time to be here because I get to see the TRFT department grow into something bigger for the future, and who knows what it holds! 2 years ago I directing "Into the Woods" using backing tracks. This year I was given the okay to direct a live pit band which I have never done before. But there is something inside of me that tells me I was made for this and that everything will work itself out. I am growing as a musician and as a leader, and I stand here so thankful especially looking back at that list above to see the great adventure that is my life. Music is truly a gift given to me from God. What would my life look like without it? I can't even imagine! Can't wait to see what else is in store.
If anyone reading this would like to check out our production, it runs:
Wednesday May 11th 7:00 pm Tech/Dress Preview
Thursday May 12th 7:00 pm Opening
Friday May 13th 11:00 am Matinee
Saturday May 14th 7:00 pm Closing
It is free and by donation only. 100% of proceeds from the box office will benefit the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.
Picture here is my boy, Marty. I decided to feature him here because as I am settling in to married life, five months in now, I realize how much I've adapted to a dog in my living and work space. Let me tell you, having a dog has changed my life! For the better of course. :) I always wanted a dog since I was child, and I guess my prayers have been answered! By now, all of my students have encountered Marty and have formed their first impressions of him. The consensus almost all the way across the board from my little pianists: "Super cute! But I'm a little freaked out..." haha
In a way I adopted him. Before life with me, Marty and my husband Lamont lived in a bachelor pad in downtown, Campbell that looked like a hip English pub, if you can picture that. Marty lived a very simple life as an apartment dog and was not accustomed to constant visitors or the foreign sounds of a garage door opening or even doorbells! The sound of children intrigues him and makes his ears perk up. And when I practice on the piano myself, he picks the same spot on the couch and listens until he dozes off. <3 In many aspects however, he didn't have the easiest time adjusting...A new environment can be overwhelming all at once, but I am so proud of my boy for all the changes he has endured this year! He has enriched my life and brought so much joy and laughter into this house, and it's just great to have a companion working from home through the week. There is NEVER a dull moment with this guy! He has taught me patience and unconditional love.Dogs are the best. I hope I've been a good dog mom so far.
Fun facts about Marty:
-He will be 5 years old on Halloween 2015
-He retrieves pears from my backyard and drops them at my feet
-Marty's farts can clear a room...
-He has a friend who visits him in the backyard. We call her Boo Boo Kitty
-Marty ran out of the side gate during a lesson once and I found him within the hour because I called out to him, and he kept barking back. I recognized his bark and it lead me straight to the house of the nice man who found him wandering around the neighborhood.
-Sometimes he sleeps with his eyes open...
-Marty came to us all the way from St. Louis Missourri on a plane as a French Bulldog dressed up as a Boston Terrier (Frenchton)
Welcome to my blog! You will find a little bit of everything here: my experiences as a piano teacher, some background of my life outside of teaching, my personal interests and hobbies, a glimpse into the other projects I am involved in, or whatever else pops into my mind at the moment! Thanks for visiting, and I hope it will be a fun place to get to know "Ms. Holly" as my students say.