The Summerglen Files

Music, Creativity, and Everyday Life at Summerglen Music in Raleigh, NC

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Entries from April 2008

Many, Many Shows

April 28th, 2008 · No Comments

Whew! Last week was really packed–a show or rehearsal (or 2!) every day, a fair amount of travelling, and an ailing car. It will be nice to return to a more relaxed routine this week, and maybe get a little more sleep! For several days last week, I played in an orchestra accompanying the Mt. [...]

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Tags: a day in the life · Live Music

Taking Care of Yourself as a Musician

April 22nd, 2008 · No Comments

Whew! I just finished up my busiest week of this year so far–a 3-hour-long opera orchestra performance every night, 4 daytime gigs, and my regular schedule of private students. It feels good to work so much, but burning the candle at both ends for too long can take its toll on anybody, including musicians! When [...]

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Tags: Practice Tips · staying healthy

A Gig for the Record Books

April 19th, 2008 · No Comments

This week, when I wasn’t playing for The Yeomen of the Guard, I played a very interesting, record-breaking gig. This was the shortest gig with the smallest audience I’ve ever played, and is quite possibly the most whimsical gig ever as well. On Monday, I received a call from a man in Pennsylvania whose sister [...]

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Tags: a day in the life · Live Music

Life in the Orchestra Pit!

April 19th, 2008 · No Comments

I’ve spent the last week in the orchestra pit of the Carolina Theatre in Durham, playing for the Durham Savoyards production of Yeomen of the Guard. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Gilbert and Sullivan, they collaborated on fourteen comic operas between 1871 and 1896, with W. S. Gilbert creating the words and [...]

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Tags: a day in the life · Live Music

Read the New Summerglen Times. Then Practice!

April 8th, 2008 · No Comments

Greetings, everyone! Our April issue of The Summerglen Times is here and ready for you to enjoy. In this issue, we begin a series of articles on maximizing your practice time, so you can spend more time outside enjoying the nice spring weather AND continue to make musical progress. The first article in the series [...]

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Tags: Practice Tips · Summerglen News

Archives

April 5th, 2008 · No Comments

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Meet Christina Thompson, author of the Summerglen Files!

April 5th, 2008 · No Comments

Christina Thompson is a trombonist, music educator, and author living in Raleigh, NC. In The Summerglen Files, Christina shares helpful musical tips, practice strategies, creativity boosters, and entertaining news about Summerglen Music and everyday life as a musician. The Summerglen Files is updated several times each week with news about upcoming musical happenings in North [...]

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Tags: Live Music

Welcome!

April 5th, 2008 · No Comments

Welcome to the new and improved Summerglen Files blog! Andrew and I (the friendly Summerglen musicians) plan to bring a wealth of musical information to you here, and invite you to join us in talking about our favorite subjects–all things trombone and percussion! For anyone who has read The Summerglen Files before, I (Christina) must [...]

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