I’m so excited!
My orchestra, Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra is performing tonight. It should be a great show. I’ll be posting an update with pictures later :0]
If you’re in the Boston area you should come out to First Church Boston at 8:00 pm….
I’m clipping my nails short and getting ready for orchestra rehearsal tonight. My orchestra, Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra, is playing its spring concert a week from today. I am getting excited. Being in an orchestra, to me, is still a privilege.
In other Jessica Berklee thoughts….
I applied for the Berklee achievement scholarship last week and am waiting to hear back from them. I had to compile a large portfolio to show them what I have accomplished since being a student. It was a lot of work and I hope it pays off.
I am entering the home stretch of this semester with only 4 weeks of regular classes left. I will be stressed, but its the stress of trying to finish well. This semester has been particularly arduous taking classes like counterpoint and tonal harmony on top of all my regular theory type classes. I know it will get harder later, but at that point I will have mastered the idea of these subjects. The hardest part for me is that I’ve never done them before. I am learning a lot and there’s no place I’d rather be.
I also recently, officially declared myself a film scoring major… I’m excited to see what the future holds.
On a closing note, Boston is so beautiful in the springtime…
I was on my way to rehearsal today for church this Sunday and I saw this while riding the red line today. It’s the view from the other side of the Charles River from the Cambridge side. My school is right next to where the big Prudential building is.
I’ve seen it before, but today it was especially beautiful. It’s starting to look like spring and it feels like it too.
I was thinking today, I live in freaking Boston! How did that happen? How do I live in such a giant city?
Wow… God is good and keeps surprising me with things I secretly have wanted for very long. Two things that spring to mind are that I’ve always wanted to live in a big, exciting city for a season, and I’ve always wanted to play in an orchestra… Both seemed way far off, but here I am…
The last couple weeks have been very interesting indeed. I was looking forward to a busy week at school, mom coming, and my concert followed by a trip to Florida when Dad showed up and surprised me in Boston. It was a great couple days.
Mom visited, I played in the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra concert (pictured below) which was one of the best musical experiences I have had so far. I really am looking forward to orchestra again in the spring.
I began to come down with a cough and slight fever that night and the sickness took over after that. I panicked because I was supposed to sing and give the speech at Katie Bug’s wedding. I went to Florida and felt like death. It was strep throat. Thanks to some antibiotics and strong steroids I could sing about 80% which is better than none :]
And Donovan and Katie are married! What a beautiful day. I cried my share as did most involved. What a privilege to share in such a beautiful, romantic day. I love you Bug.
Here is a fall picture of us in front of the reservoir.
I have a day off today on this Veterans Day, which is great, and I am starting to be very excited about the near future.
Next Tuesday the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra has our performance at the First Church of Boston. I still cannot believe I play in an orchestra ensemble. What a blessing! I remember dreaming of playing in an orchestra since a few years ago and I just assumed it would never happen. Even with it being a school orchestra it is still exciting to me. God knows what I need and want and continues to prove himself faithful to give me even little things.
Mom is joining us to come see the concert which should prove to be a fun few days.
Then… we leave to go home to Florida on Thursday to be in Katie Bug and Donovan’s beautiful, fall wedding on Saturday. I’m so thrilled and excited. What a great time. Ryan and I always joked that we would be very picky with who we would let the Bug marry, but she has found a winner. I am so going to cry buckets.
A week home in Florida with weddings, friends, family and Thanksgiving will be so refreshing and needed.
First day of Berklee classes went well today.
Some are way fun and some will be lots of work.
I played in an orchestra for the first time tonight which was insane. I had so much fun and it was so hard. I have so much to practice. Getting to and from our practice place is pretty hilarious; me wheeling my huge cello around and on the T. It’s an adventure.
I love my vocal teacher who will be giving me lessons. She is very relate-able and I think I can learn a lot from her.
I tested out of the intro Technology class which is legit. It’s basically like getting 2 free credits. So tomorrow I’m off to talk to the film scoring dept to see if I can fill those 2 credits with one of my first film scoring classes… yay
We continue to ask for your prayers for jobs. We know God will provide. A few possibilities are open to us….
I feel like a sponge soaking up all this knowledge.