On October 24th, I made a cameo at the Towson University trombone/euphonium studio class. I played a solo for the group to open the session. I haven't been playing while standing much recently...I must admit, it's starting to get challenging!
I spent the rest of the class working with two euphonium students. This young man is minoring in music, and is an excellent player. We worked on the first movement of the Horovitz Concerto, one of of my favorites. When I first learned this piece, I worked for a long time to get my fingers to move perfectly in rhythm. Dr. Bowman had me play some of those short licks over and over and over in my lessons. During the masterclass I worked with the student on eveness of technique and playing more dynamically.
The second student was an education major at Towson. She played the 1st movement of the Marcello Sonata in F major. She knew the piece very well, and had a lot of nice things going on. I tried to encourage her to play with a more open sound, and to incorporate a daily focus on tone quality into her warmup routine.
It is always a privilege to work with enthusiastic students. Many thanks to Dr. Natalie Mannix for the invitation.