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  • Writer's pictureRachel Blumenthal

What I Did On My Summer Vacation: Part II

Hello Students! I hope the start of this new school year is going as smoothly as possible for all of you. Thank you for all of the great work you've been doing!

Reminder: if you are between the ages of 7 and 18, you are now required to send me a recording of your weekly repertoire prior to your lesson. We will spend the first portion of the lesson listening to your recording together, and then we'll work on what we heard in the recording!

These days I'm stuck at home elevating my ankle 24/7, and I have some time to reflect on this past summer and look ahead to some exciting new projects. (One of those projects is a virtual weekend workshop for intermediate students in November...stay tuned!)

While I was in Boston I got to play some chamber music with friends who I hadn't seen in quite some time. Below is a humorous clip of some Mozart flute duos with my dear friend Seungmin Oh. Seungmin and I went to graduate school at Carnegie Mellon University together. Watch out for those key changes, kids!

After I got back to Chicago, I played a few concerts with my woodwind quintet. (We named ourselves "Quarantet.") One was in beautiful St. Joseph, Michigan. We played outside their library, just across the street from Lake Michigan. We had a crowd of about 30, all spaced out on the lawn. It was a beautiful setting for a lovely concert!

Last but not least, our quintet gave a casual performance at the Logan Square farmers market on Sunday. It was our most informal performance yet, but it was my favorite! We had great weather and an appreciative audience from all walks of life. If you look closely in this picture, you might be able to see Gregory and his parents watching from a distance!

Is there anything YOU want to share about your summer? Send me a video, photo, or typed paragraph, and I'll put it up on our blog!

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