It’s that time of year again. A few weeks ago many of my cello students and cello students I work with took part in the ISSMA Solo and Ensemble Contest (Indiana State School Music Association) at the regional level and tomorrow many of them will be going to the state level in Indianapolis. While I would normally try to make it to as many of their performances as possible, as I feel it is just as important for teachers to hear their students perform as it may be fore them to hear their teachers perform, I will be judging the regional level of the KMEA State Solo & Ensemble Festival (Kentucky Music Educators Association).
This means being at Atherton High School by 7:30 in the morning (which isn’t a problem) and listening to roughly seven hours worth of student musicians of varying levels perform. This year, however, I get to judge the cellos so that’s a plus (last year I judged ensembles) as it would be great to hear more of the students from the other side of the river (we call our side of the river the “Sunny Side of Louisville“) as I really have little idea what the levels are like.
It’s going to be a long, but in the end, rewarding day.