Friday, February 22: Wood River
Over all, I was pleased with this conducting lab. As you all know, I am more comfortable with smooth, flowing pieces so I felt that I was able to handle this piece well. While we all can agree that this piece was extremely corny, I think it presented some interesting challenges for a beginning instructor. As Dr. Mehaffey mentioned, I started off a little "sharp" and "choppy" with the pattern at the beginning but I think as I continued on, it improved. I felt it was a hundred times better when I got to run it again. That is usually the case for me so I need to start doing what I intend on the first try! During the second run through, I was able to come to a clear balance between smooth beat patterns and clear rhythmic cues. I really felt that the singers were with me so that was comforting! They responded to my shaping; I hope I have the confidence to do more of that in the future. I have been working on standing more solid and grounded; I rhink am moving in the right direction after this lab. It is something I am constantly needing to think about so I would love it if people would remind when I move around too much. Thanks! Finally, I think I am had a greater contrast with my "piano" and "forte" this time around but I am still working on. You all know I struggle with the "big moments" in the music so I appreciate you being patient!