Blahhhhg by Justin Alexander

It's my first blog post! I'm sitting in my living room in Richmond, watching Spectre and waiting on Indian food to arrive. My fiancé (soon to be wife in two weeks!) is currently being awesome in Japan where she is at a professional conference. Japan is 13 hours ahead of us, so...we're emailing a lot. 

It's summertime, obviously, and while that usually means a slower work pace, it's also a time to get a lot of things done that just slip by during the school year. I'm working on rep for a recital in August, teaching a new online summer course on world music, and taking care of some housecleaning in the VCU Percussion Studio. I'm also getting married (see above) on June 25, taking a quick honeymoon to San Francisco, performing as principal percussionist with The Wintergreen Performing Arts Festival Orchestra, and playing a new work, Hair, Cloth, and Thread in San Diego at the National Flute Association Conference this August. It's definitely a busy summer, but I'm grateful to be doing it all. 

I'm also excited to be partnering with The Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Programs this Fall to create a new RYSO Percussion Ensemble. I'll be working with middle and high school percussionists, teaching master classes, directing percussion ensemble repertoire, and coaching the students from the back of the orchestra. I'm so thrilled and lucky to live in a city with a wonderful, forward-thinking orchestra. I don't take it for granted. 

Well, I'll sign off for now. My food should be here soon. Until next time!

JA