Now I am in the relaxing portion of Christmas vacation–I spent a week visiting my boyfriend’s family (and seeing my parents briefly as well!) and now I’m relaxing at home. Ideally I would be resting up for a hectic spring, but it looks like things are pretty calm so far. The one crazy week will be a week of Columbus Symphony AND ProMusica Chamber Orchestra at the same time! Columbus is playing an all Shostakovich concert, including Shostakovich Symphony no. 10, which I have never played. I know I will be exhausted (my schedule will include two triple service days and one quadruple day) but hopefully in a good way.
What is a service? For orchestras, our week is divided into “services” which is either a rehearsal or a concert. Usually these would be either 2 or 2 1/2 hours. If you are paid by the week, there would be a limit of services per week, with the average being 8 services. For part time orchestras, generally we are paid by the service, so…the more the merrier! Except you do get really exhausted, both physically and mentally.
This is such an odd time of year, between Christmas and New Year’s. On the one hand, there are several days where one should be working and getting things done, because, really, we can’t ALL take two weeks of vacation. On the other hand, why can’t we all take two weeks of vacation?? I did teach a few students, but I decided generally I needed the time off. There’s something so decadent about not having work for several days, and really feeling like you can settle into a fun project at home and not worry about what you are wearing! Of course I’m currently just on the computer sitting next to my cat (who is curled up next to me sleeping), but the point is that I could be doing some fun project. I do have some projects to work on, both musically, and just for fun. More about those later, when I get to them!
Happy New Year to you all, dear readers!