This summer is a whirlwind of activity as I perform as a soloist and member of the Colorado Lark Flute & Guitar Duo for senior living communities across the Denver metro area. These performances include a combination of solo instrumental and voice/guitar repertoire that feature themes for seasons, holidays, and musical styles. Summer 2019 performances are taking place at Holly Creek Retirement Community, Someren Glen Senior Living, Gardens on Quail, Lakewood Reserve Senior Living, Balfour Senior Living, and Clear Creek Care Center.
On the last Friday of January, I had the pleasure of performing at the Applewood Business Association Tux’s or T’s event as guests were checking in. I enjoyed providing background music for the new and longtime members of this wonderful business group I have been involved with for the past four years.
I am so proud of my students who participated in the annual Barnes & Noble recital! Fifteen of my students performed a range of solo and duo music, including several first-time performers. At the end of the performance, I played a classical guitar arrangement of “Silent Night” as the audience raised up their voices in song to herald in the holiday season. Every year, the Foothills Music Teacher Association takes over the Barnes & Noble cafe during the second weekend of December to fill the air with the sounds of music for the holiday shoppers and families of music students. Here are some pictures of my students performing:
The Colorado Lark Flute &Guitar Duo will be performing background music for the Bear Valley MOPS (mothers of preschoolers) Christmas brunch from 10-11 am at Bear Valley Church in Lakewood! We are looking forward to performing a blend of classical, popular, and holiday favorites. Prospective members are welcome to attend as guests by contacting one of the administrators of the MOPS group.
This past August, my students performed at the Four Seasons Farmers & Artisans Market in conjunction with the Foothills Music Association. It is so rewarding to see students progress as they gain experience in public performance. Several of my students participated in their first recital as well–a big step to take as they step out of the practice room and share their talents. In addition to my students performing, several piano, voice, and flute teachers and their students performed for a music extravaganza throughout the morning and early afternoon. My flute duo partner Jennifer Pauley and I performed a set of Stephen Foster songs arranged for flute and guitar. A special thank you to Rosalind May for coordinating our performance in this beautiful indoor venue. Here are some pictures from the event:
Springtime is talent show season! Many of my students participate in their school talent shows this time of year. This is a great opportunity for them to showcase their talents for their peers, teachers, and student families. The guitar is a versatile instrument, giving performers the option of performing solo or ensemble works. This past spring, one of my students performed classical fingerstyle arrangements of traditional folk songs during his school talent show. I enjoyed the opportunity to accompany him. As the venerable Romantic composer Frédéric Chopin once said, “There is nothing more beautiful than a guitar, save perhaps two.”
It is a joy as a guitar teacher to watch my students take their musical interests in different directions. One fascinating aspect of the guitar is the intricate process of building the instrument. Francois Vadeboncoeur recently moved back to Colorado and opened a guitar workshop in his home where he custom builds guitars out of various woods.
On the other end of the spectrum, one of my Kindergarten students builds guitars out of a very different medium–legos!
Wedding season started off with a bang on Memorial weekend. I performed a wedding ceremony and reception at Wellshire Event Center in Denver, playing “Here Comes the Sun” as the bride walked down the aisle. Her choice of music was especially fitting because the sun came out for the wedding following heavy rain storms about an hour before the ceremony. The couple’s special requests for the ceremony also included an instrumental rendition of Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” a piece that works very well as a classical guitar arrangement.
On Saturday, August 26th at 10 AM, a Foothills Music Association student/teacher performance will take place at Four Seasons Farmers & Artisans Market in Wheat Ridge. I am currently serving as Community Chair for the Foothills Music Teacher Association and am organizing the event. The venue is a beautiful indoor setting where many local vendors and community members gather. This is the second time I have organized this event and I look forward to performing a set of Stephen Foster songs with my flutist duo partner, listening to my students perform, and listening to other students and teachers from the Foothills Music Association.
It was a joy to perform for the Denver Public Library’s Fresh City Life 2015 performance series this weekend. Included in the program were classical guitar arrangements of traditional carols as well as Renaissance and Baroque music. I performed in Schlessman hall in the main library branch. Here is a bird’s eye perspective of the performance from the second floor of the library: