Just a short post today about what I’ve been doing musically lately.

During my three years at Mohawk I really focused on Royal Conservatory grade 9 level music. I also learned a lot about harmony and counterpoint and all kinds of topics that we can get into on this blog someday. Having learned all that, you would think that I’d have done the Royal Conservatory exams to get my certification from them. But no, I haven’t.  That’s what I’ve been working on lately. I’m polishing all the music I learned in college and adding a few more pieces to my repertoire. I’m hoping to do the grade 9 exam in the next year or so if all goes well. In a few weeks I’ll be taking piano lessons again for myself so that I can prepare properly. It’s crazy how much motivation I lack when I don’t have someone pushing me or when I don’t have a performance date to be ready for. And yet every time I do practice I fall in love with it all over again.

That being said I have some new prospects for performance dates and things to practice for. I’ve decided to join a small orchestra for some fun music experience. I don’t have much of an idea what’s coming my way with this whole thing but I’m pretty excited to be playing ensemble music again. I definitely miss that about college. It can get old playing solo all the time. Updates on this new endeavour will come as I get more in the know.

I’ve also begun to play the piano at church in the last month or two. For those of you that haven’t been to a Canadian Reformed church before, this means I play a few nice melodies before the service to keep everyone’s ears busy while they find a spot to sit in the sanctuary. It also means that I accompany the congregational singing. We sing a selection of hymns and Genevan tunes which contain a lot of different modal melodies. I have sung all these songs so often over my lifetime but playing them and accompanying is quite different from singing. I do enjoy the challenge of it though. It’s now that I’m quite thankful for the small bit of instruction I had in college in regards to accompanying church music. I think I could write a whole blog post about accompanying so let’s leave that for another day.

Other than teaching, not much else musically is new. I’ll leave you with a Sonata written by Haydn that I’ve been working on lately.