If you told me four years ago that I would be performing solo house concerts on a regular basis in front of small audiences, I probably would have doubled over with laughter. At that time in my life I was terrified of solo performing. My Undergraduate and Graduate recitals were pure torture! By the time I graduated from University of Nevada, Reno in 2009, I was so incredibly frustrated and burned out that I never wanted to touch a violin again.
That is when the real journey began. Since then I have re-discovered my love of playing by having a steady diet of house concert performances in my home, for close friends and supportive students and their families. I overcame the terror of solo performing, and in the process I was able to recapture the joy I had as a 10-year-old playing the violin for fun. I am to the point now that I absolutely love playing for small audiences, as I love the close connection I have with each and every person present.
I met Bob Tregilus a year ago at one of the first house concerts (outside my own home) that I ever performed. We started a conversation and I quickly discovered what a wonderfully intelligent person he was in so many different areas. He mentioned that he enjoyed writing and offered to write an article about my upcoming Green Dot Journey. It was published a couple months later in the October 2013 issue of Reno Tahoe Tonight. Bob’s description of the journey is both entertaining and engaging and gives a nice overview of the project. You can read the article here on page 65.