Friday. Drive to Kirksville and back (which when you think of the time/distance is just like driving to Lee’s Summit and back) for a National Association of Teachers of Singing adjudication. Attend Ken Haller’s cabaret show at the Gaslight, in celebration of Ken’s 60th birthday.
Saturday. Up early for a morning sing at the College Music Society annual conference, this year in Clayton, Missouri. I led the assembled conventioners in music by Palestrina, Bach, Mendelssohn, Hensel, Rachmaninoff, Stanford. Then visit with Dr. Lori Rhoden. And attend a couple of sessions on technology in teaching. Home for an early lunch. Work on putting my sleeping and studying floor at home back in order after the whirlwind of October. To school to teach make-up lessons. Make a cottage pie and salad for dinner, and then dine with K. Attend the Webster Conservatory cabaret show at the Gaslight, and cheer on three of my favorite kids, including my own student Eden Eernissee. Jean the Magnificent and Ron join us. Set the clocks back an hour.
Sunday. Church. A voice lesson at home. Missouri History Museum, just because I want to. Attend Evensong for All Saints and All Souls Days at St. Peter’s, Ladue (where Howells is being sung!). To school for a concert, and then a make-up lesson.
I have unpacked the new shredder, and finished three loads of laundry. And I’ve organized a ton of files, papers, and personal records. That’s enough for any one weekend.
About Dr. Rhoden: when I was at Ball State University, Lori and I would grab 30 minutes at the close of the day, about once a month, and visit in her office or in mine. I’ve not seen her in 6.5 years. Today we sat down in the lobby of the Ritz-Carlton and acted like we did when I was in Muncie. What a delight this catch-up was!