30. August 2015 · Comments Off on Sunday Evening Music · Categories: Sunday Evening Music

Rachmaninov: Tebe Poem
Fitzwilliam College Chapel Choir

We sing to you,
we praise you,
we thank you, O Lord,
and we pray to you, our God.

30. August 2015 · Comments Off on Sunday Morning Music · Categories: Sunday Morning Music

Rachmaninov: Bogoroditse Dyevo

29. August 2015 · Comments Off on News & Blog Links About George Cleve · Categories: Losses

If any readers see other articles or blog entries please do let me know. I guess reading these helps in some ways, even while I wish it wasn’t true. I’d like just one more concert ….

Midsummer Mozart Festival (Please note: Maria has requested that in lieu of flowers, to make a donation to the festival.

Symphony Silicon Valley (Wrong info about Midsummer Mozart … surely it’s more than 31 years old since it started before my oldest child was born!)

SF Gate (Kosman)

San Jose Mercury News (Richard Scheinin)

New York Times (Margalit Fox)

San Francisco Classica Voice (Janos Gereben)

Examiner (Stephen Smoliar)

Polyphonic.org (Robert Levine)

29. August 2015 · Comments Off on Everything you need … except a good oboe! · Categories: Read Online

I just read this online:

[Name deleted, starts with S and ends with R] Oboe with case, reeds, book, everything you need. – $385

Nice [Name deleted, starts with S and ends with R] Student Oboe

Rarely used (and I mean that) oboe is perfect for any student. Plays to a low B. Model 52221… selling on [Name deleted, starts with S and ends with R] site as model 1492B. It’s in great condition, serviced at [store name removed … why would they bother with the instrument, I wonder?] Music in [a city in Wisconsin]. All the keys work and the pads are in good condition. Comes with everything a student oboe player would need:

Hard Case
Two (2) reeds
Large and small cleaning swabs
Thumb protector
Cork Greese
Essential Elements Oboe book with CD and DVD
Don’t rent when you can own for less then one year rental fees.

My advice: Don’t buy when you aren’t getting a decent instrument!

28. August 2015 · Comments Off on George and Maria … · Categories: Losses

I just have to post this. Here is George conducting and Maria (his wife, for those who don’t know them) soloing. Makes me ache, but still, I want to post it … and again, I’m so grateful we have these videos with which we can remember.

28. August 2015 · Comments Off on Just. Because. · Categories: Listen

I love choral music. I wish I had a voice. I don’t. So I listen instead. That will do.

Warm summer sun,
shine brightly here,
Warm Southern wind,
blow softly here,
Green sod above,
lie light, lie light,
Good night, dear heart;
good night, good night.
Mark Twain’s eulogy to his daughter Olivia Susan Clemens,
March 19, 1872 to August 18, 1896
from: Susy and Mark Twain, Harper & Row Publisher, 1965, page 393.
(Read more about this here.

27. August 2015 · 2 comments · Categories: Losses

It is with deep, deep sorrow that I say goodbye to Maestro George Cleve. He passed away this morning. I will miss him greatly. My heart aches.

George was the conductor of San Jose Symphony when I was first admitted to the orchestra. He was fiery. He scared some people. He angered others. I had played under a fiery conductor for my four years of high school, so I was used to that and, to be honest, just assumed that was the norm. For me he was wonderful. He taught me so much about music … not about the written notes, but about what is beyond that. He taught me music. He and I had our “moments” and certainly not all was peace and joy, but I loved him, and was able, some years ago, to tell him that.

I’m so very sad. I’m so very grateful. And I’m still in a bit of shock, even while we all knew he was in poor health.

I love you, George. Thank you.

Here are a few videos, including one where he is just speaking … so good to be able to hear his voice!

27. August 2015 · Comments Off on Good Morning! · Categories: Listen, Videos

What better way to wake than to listen to an “oboe band” in rehearsal … right?

Les Délices Oboe band in Rehearsal

Performers: Debra Nagy & Stephen Bard (oboes), Kathryn Montoya (taille), Anna Marsh (bassoon), Simon Martyn-Ellis (theorbo)

Information at www.lesdelices.org

24. August 2015 · Comments Off on SCITECH BAND: Pride of Springfield · Categories: Videos, Watch

Watch this nearly 30 minute documentary and, I hope, enjoy.

The “first note” part … so fun! And yes, it does sometimes sound like an animal dying. But it’s a first note, and they do get better as they learn! I really enjoy hearing the very first note from my beginning students. It just makes me smile. Or grin. Or laugh. In any case, it’s great fun!

Our students who stay in band for more than one year

“In our band are twice as likely — if they stay in band for more than one year — for their second year, they are twice as likely to graduate than their peers…”.

Teachers like this have my utmost admiration. It’s a lot of work, and I know it’s challenging and exhausting. I’m grateful for their hard work.

23. August 2015 · Comments Off on A quick check before the recital · Categories: Ramble

Here … enjoy this “happy snap” (his term) that Charles Cramer sent me from his recital last week (Thanks, Charlie!). I can’t believe it was only one week ago today that I got to enjoy his fine playing and play a few works with him myself. What a fun time it was.


This was taken prior to the recital, as we were running just a few things. How should one prepare? Well … obviously with bare feet!

Believe it or not, I actually DID have bare feet for the final work. I wish more than one student had come to witness that bit ‘o fun. HOW to get students to attend?! I guess that’s a forever challenge. At least for me. I was grateful to see one there, though. Thank you, Jamin, for coming, and thanks as well for the flowers!