I ate two hot dogs at Nationals Park. And I suppose I watched the baseball game too - I was a huge fan in the last two innings when things got exciting (the Nats played the New York Mets). And the extra inning that followed.
Tuesday, June 17th
Oh my goodness, Tuesday morning was…fun. I was sitting on the bus across from a flamboyant man in green pants when my work cell phone rang - it was a driver with an 8:35 AM pick-up whose student had not shown up to be driven to her lesson. Now, I had posted this lesson on the bulletin board and notified the student on her lesson sheet, but she had thought her lesson started a half hour later. These things happen. THEN, another driver called me; her student had failed to show up as well. Fun times with this one. I call the student. No answer. This leads to me calling the RAs, checking at the Concert Hall stage door to see if he’s in a practice room, looking around the Kennedy Center, having Carole call the teacher to notify him of the student’s possible lateness, and calling the driver multiple times to keep her updated (she did not answer her phone). I leave the driver a voicemail. She calls me back about forty-five minutes later telling me that her and the student made it to the lesson on time - he had arrived five minutes after she first called me. …I searched for this kid for fifty minutes! …lol.
The rest of the day went by smoothly. Copied some music, posted some audition excerpts and lesson sheets on the board, the usual.
Wednesday, July 18th
Very eventful day today. I went to an impromptu follow-up question-and-answer session led by Garth Ross, the Vice President of Community Engagement at the KC. His office and those under him are in charge of Millennium Stage performances and many of the special festivals that occur throughout the year. It was interesting to hear him speak about broadening the audience - this can be applied to any arts organization anywhere. At the Kennedy Center, it’s essential to, for instance, maintain 365-day-a-year free Millennium Stage performances because it opens the Kennedy Center to a larger audience. In the past, the KC has been highly associated with philanthropic giving, expensive galas for donors, and the like. It gives artists of different levels (i.e. an popular indie band versus a world-renowned classical pianist) recognition.
After that, I did some odds an ends at my desk. I then walked over to an interview with a recent intern-turned-employee at the Washington National Opera. She mainly does administrative work (it’s somewhat of an entry-level position), but she was great to talk to and gave me some good tips on how to make the most out of my internship (that seems to be the theme of life out here in D.C.).
The afternoon..I just used every bit of time that I had. After checking chamber group rooms for students, I had another large piece of music to copy. …it’s funny how I thought there would be a point in time where I would be finished copying… Anyway, our concerto competition winner is playing Dvorak’s Cello Concerto, so every member of the orchestra needed a copy of their part.
When string and wind sectionals began this afternoon, I repaired music. Turns out scotch tape doesn’t really hold together an eighteen-page Tchaikovsky violin part well for long. Thus, I spent two hours in the string sectional retaping everyone’s music. Well, to be fair, not everyone’s. But a LOT. Rehearsal ended at 6:30 PM, and Carole and Emily had headed home by this point. I stuck around until about 7:15 after “taking attendance” in the conducting technique class.
On my mind: finding a driver for two double bass away lessons next week. …basses are really large. …don’t fit into many cars. It’s quite the bummer.
But I’m having a good time! Really. Working with the students is great.