Hi everybody!

Good grief – it’s been a hot second since my last blog! Time to catch y’all up.

Let’s rewind back to late February, when I was a part of a truly inspiring concert with the FSU Symphony Orchestra. On the program was Tchaikovsky’s 6th Symphony, Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto, and Strauss’ Overture to Die Fledermaus! This concert was one of my favorites that I’ve performed so far at Florida State, and had a jam-packed audience, which always adds to the excitement! Thanks to my colleagues and Dr. Jimenez for a wonderful evening of music making.

Dress rehearsal with USO

Regents Professor of Music David Hickman of Arizona State University came to the FSU College of Music in early March to give a variety of trumpet master classes and lectures. What a privilege it was to play for him and receive his comments and constructive criticism! As an added bonus, his incredibly talented wife, Miriam, accompanied me in my performance of Carl Hohne’s Slavonic Fantasy. I have numerous friends and even a few former teachers that are past and current students of Professor Hickman. His career as a performer and pedagogue is truly inspiring, and I am honored to have crossed paths with him, if only for a brief few days.

Working on Slavonic Fantasy by Hohne with Prof. David Hickman

This Spring marks my fourth semester of six total in my doctoral degree at FSU. In addition to various teaching and performing requirements, as a doctoral student, I’m also required to do a good bit of academic writing and research. In March, I completed a writing and research “marathon,” my doctoral preliminary exams. Each faculty member on my doctoral supervisory committee submitted one research question. I was then given one week to research and write an answer. I ended up writing about 65 pages to answer all four questions in one week. The picture you see below is my tiny workspace in FSU’s Strozier Library, as well as my finished exams.

My tiny library work space during prelim exams
The finished product!

Spring Break directly followed the completion of my preliminary exams! To celebrate my husband, Sam’s 30th birthday, we drove to Orlando and had some fun at Epcot and Universal Studios! We had an absolute blast – the weather was picture-perfect, the food was amazing, and the break from school work was gladly welcomed.

Hi from Epcot!

I’ll post again very soon, to catch you up even more, but this will have to do for now! Thanks for your patience!

Love,
Becki