Wednesday, 11 January 2017

(Almost) All the excitement of 2016 in one blog post

  While the weather was looking like this I was happy to have the opportunity to jump on a plane and go somewhere a bit more temperate. This time was the Pacific Northwest. Not only did I have the invitation to play a recital on a beautiful organ built by Martin Pasi, I got to see old college friends who I wish I spent more time with, play incredible organs, AND visit the shops where some of them are made.…
Monday, 31 October 2016

Trying to catch up with (online) life

 Hi, my name is Rhonda, and I'm not good with social media.  Yes, I understand, I should be updating my blog regularly, otherwise I lose my (already spotty) reader-base.  People expect content on a constant basis.  It's 2016 - one should be uploading daily!  And where is that Facebook/ Twitter account anyway?  I know, I know...  Well, anyway, here is a start at catching my online life up to where the rest of me has traveled since I last posted. …
Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Remembering the summer...

As I write this, summer seems like a long time ago... When I stand out in our back yard, with snow surrounding me, and negative windchill factors whipping my face, it's hard to imagine that just months ago, it all looked like this... Just a memory now! So, onto other memories of summer.  Our family attended the Buttermilk Jamboree, held in June nearby in Delton, Michigan - kind of a hippie family folk and roots music festival.  They had some…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015

Tuba, Flutes, and Marimba, oh my!

Spring in Holland, Michigan?  Tulip Time!  There was of course, more to the spring 2015 than just Tulips, wooden shoes, and Dutch dancing, but this seems a good place to start.      This past spring I had a number of fun musical opportunities nearer to home.  I was asked at the last minute to fill in for an event the Grand Rapids American Guild of Organists chapter was organizing - a performance with orchestra by four local organists (seen…
Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Heading South and looking for warmer weather

My "mini tour of the South", as I liked to call it, was this February, to Chattanooga, TN and Birmingham, AL.  I had hoped to see lots of sun and the arrival of spring a good month or two before we can hope for such things in Michigan.  Alas, balmy it was not, but at least there was sun, and a bit warmer weather than what we've been experienceing as of late.   This was my first trip to Chattanooga,…
Tuesday, 13 January 2015

In which I am: interrupting people's phone calls; banging on the keys; and becoming a radio star

September started wtih an international gig!  Ok, it was Canada, and I can drive to Toronto in about 6 hours, so not that exotic.  But I loved the chance to visit an exciting city that I hadn't seen since I was about 10 years old, and of which I remembered only two things: the CN Tower, and cold.  The CN Tower didn't seem to have changed much from where I was standing, but the weather was much improved on this…
Tuesday, 09 September 2014

Summer 2014 Travels - Boston, but mostly Germany

June and July this summer were busy organ months for me. First, I was in Boston for the AGO national convention in June. Boston is just a great organ city, and I thoroughly enjoyed a week of hearing recitals, and catching up with colleagues and friends, and well as wandering around the city, searching for and finding various churches via the T. At the risk of leaving something fabulous out, highlights included being at Meuthen Music Hall, an iconic organ…
Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Spring Travels

I was in Indiana in April and had a great trip. For one thing, spring had actually arrived there, four hours south of us, and it was warm and flowery! I was invited by the Indianapolis American Guild of Organist chapter to perform a recital on an instrument by organ builder Charles Ruggles. The organ was a joy to play, and the requested program, 17th century Germany music, fit it like a glove. It was fun to see old friends…
Sunday, 11 May 2014

Making music in Michigan (and waiting for spring)

I've gotten quite passionate recently about the idea of investing in our local musical communities as artists - the impact we can have as local musicians, and the many benefits, both for us as individual artists, and for our greater communities, when we do so. In that vein, here are some vignettes of what's been going on musically in Holland, Michigan in the last months: nothing earth shattering, and no one's gotten famous or wealthy, but I do believe we've…
Saturday, 10 May 2014

New York City in February - Snow in the City

I spent a week in New York City this February, and as with many things in life, it didn't quite go as I'd expected, but was still a good time. I had some concerts, teaching, performing, and recording lined up to do during the week I was there. One of the many crazy snow storms of last winter blew in after I arrived and changed the teaching plans, and schedule conflicts canceled the recording plans, but instead I saw some…
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