Me, Po Ann and a few other music students were the committee team for this event called Once Upon A Waltz. It is where people learn to waltz and eat at a fine dining restaurant. I must say...I am not suitable to be part of committee as long as I am still a music student. LOL.
I am the concert master for the UCSI Orchestra. I honestly don't feel like I deserve to sit there, but I did the best I could, I can't please everyone, I know some people publicly questioned my bowings behind my back but don't have the guts to ask me straight to the face about it, which shows to me how much of a coward they really are. But, let us not go there because that is the nature truth when you are the leader, you can't please everyone and I don't hold any grudges against them because they are my friends afterall and I know I am so much better than that and besides, I should direct my energy to something more beneficial :)
As for my jury, I managed to learn and fully memorized two monster pieces: Zapateado by Sarasate and Danse Rustique from Solo Sonata No.5 by Ysaye. I admit, at the beginning of the semester, I thought I can't do it. I am so glad that I manage to prove myself wrong. Sure it is not perfect (due to stage fright), but I must say, it is not as horrible as I imagined it would be. So, that is enough to make me feel relieved. Also, I got Ying Jie as my accompanist, she is just awesome, a great accompanist, I feel very comfortable playing with her :)
|Ying Jie and I ^_^|
As for CME, I finally got to play Passacaglia in G minor ^_^ It is not such an easy piece, really challenge your technical mastery. Jennifer was a little reluctant at first, but we manage to talk it through and go for it anyway. I have to admit, even though I was at my busiest moments, I try to avoid saying that to people because I don't want to use "I am busy" as an excuse, even though sometimes I can't help it, LOL, but this piece really train to me to manage my time...especially my practice hours. I definitely practice smarter for this piece, because I have the two monster pieces to learn and memorized, so I make sure I spend less time on this piece but at the same time, make full use of that little amount of time. I ended my Chamber Music Ensemble subject with a piece that I dreamed of learning, and to add the cherry on top, we got selected to play for the CME concert *yippie* Unfortunately, I didn't manage to record our performance =(
|Jennifer and I after CME concert|
After CME, I asked Po Ann, Stephen and Zhiru to help me to record my own composition. A little awkward I must say because I never let anyone play my composition before. Long story short, it is one of my earliest composition, super simple and they played it nicely and I am so thankful to they are willing to help me. Here is a video of it.
What else? Oh, for the first time I celebrated my birthday in UCSI. Yes, I turned 24 this year, I am not THAT young anymore, but I will always be young at heart. LOL. I celebrated my birthday with Thairy earlier, on April 14, he gave me such a sweet birthday present...a custom made notebook
Also, I will never forget that right after CME concert, Jiacy and Zhiru surprised me with a birthday cake =)
Lastly, Timothy just did his graduation recital...on my birthday! Congratulation to him for completing the course...good luck to his future.
|Tim with the string majors after his recital|