I attended one day - ONE DAY - of the convention in Charlotte, NC, several years ago and it was not nearly enough. This time I splurged on three full days and my husband and I stayed in a home we rented through AirBnB. I volunteered as a door monitor, page turner, ticket seller, usher, and docent in order to work off some of my registration fees. This gave me a huge behind-the-scenes look at convention and to talk to people I may not have had the excuse or confidence to speak with before. For example, Gary Schocker noticed my Kokopelli tattoo while I was selling tickets and complimented me!
Some of the highlights:
- Hearing Greg Pattillo and Project Trio playing informally at the Gemeinhardt booth
- Attending Irish Music Jam sessions with Andra Bohnet
- Listening to an awesome set by the US Army Old Guard Fife & Drum Corp
- Meeting Lea Pearson, Michael Weinstein & the Performance Health Committee
- Listening to my good friend Mary Croghan from RAFA at the Performance Anxiety talk moderated by Helen Spielman
- Attending Alexander Murray's Alexander Technique lecture with dear friends and teachers Pam Nelson and Phil Hopkins
- Meeting flutists from across the nation and exchanging information
- Buying new & exciting recordings, accessories, and books!
I'll elaborate more in the coming days, but I wanted to let you know how much fun I had!