It's been an amazing summer!

In June four of my students, Suzy, Alex, Lauren and Vincent, graduated from high school. I've had Suzy and Alex as piano and organ students since they were in kindergarten, and Lauren and Vincent as organ students all through their high school years. I look forward to hearing about all of their adventures in college!

I served as director for the Pipe Organ Encounter sponsored by the San Diego Chapter of the American Guild of Organists in July, and had a wonderful time working with the 25 students (from all over California and Nevada) who came to learn about the King of Instruments.

Right after the POE I flew to Chicago for the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy. The presenters were fantastic, and I gathered lots of new teaching ideas and materials. I brought home over thirty pounds of new music and can't wait to share it with you!

Following the NCKP, I had a few days to play and see relatives, and then led the AGO's National Nominating Committee meeting in Chicago. The leadership experience and skills I've gained through my volunteer work have been an asset in all areas of my career.

I arrived back in San Diego late one evening, and spent the next three days as an alto in San Diego Pro Arte Voices Summer Choral Festival, with amazing voice faculty from all over the U.S. and the festival's first-ever composer in residence, Shawn Kirchner. What a tremendous experience!

Some students have been taking lessons all summer, and have made terrific progress! I look forward to seeing everyone as fall lessons begin, and sharing another amazing year of making music together!