SAA Conference Day 4
The day started at 8:15. I went to a session on Tone Development and creating a beautiful sound. It was a good presentation and I came away with some great ideas on right arm and right hand development. They also gave us some interesting books and I look forward to reading through them when I get home.
After that, I attended a session on copyright. There is so much to learn about this topic! While this was a general overview, I really appreciated the list of resources given to learn more about copyright. It's very good knowledge to have.
I missed the very beginning, but was able to catch the second half of a Master Class with William Preucil, Jr. It was delightful. The students played so beautifully, and it was so much fun to watch him teach. I have always loved his playing, and asked my parents for private lessons after hearing him perform with Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony orchestra when I was in middle school.
I did some running around trying to find something to eat, and had such a hard time! Most things are apparently closed on Sundays in downtown Minneapolis. I ended up having chips and guac and came back to the hotel to peruse the exhibit hall once more and do some practicing.
At 7:30, I had the pleasure of attending an SAA Benefit Concert at Minnesota Orchestra Hall, featuring the Preucil Family Players, members of the Preucil family and some of their students. It was outstanding. My favorite piece was "Suite, Opus 71" by Moritz Moszkowski, performed by Mr. Preucil and his daughter, Alexandra, and pianist Arthur Rowe. It was incredible. I can't wait to get home and study it. The sound at Orchestra Hall was amazing.
Today is a half day and is the last day of the conference. I'll be attending a session on vibrato, and then the closing concert. I've had such a wonderful time and have learned so much, but am ready to get home to my husband, students, kitties, and kitchen! I'm looking forward to reviewing all this information and integrating it into my lessons.