Our travel agent, Derek Hiyane, worked overtime today and worked really hard to try to get us a bus so we wouldn't have to walk in the snow in the evening to the workshop. That turned into a fiasco! We thought we had a bus...then, a SUV showed up! Mr. Hiyane's face was priceless when that car showed up instead of a bus. We were NOT going to all fit in that, and the snow had actually gotten worse when we were supposed to go to the workshop. So, I headed out in the crazy snow to walk to the hall to meet the workshop coordinator, Megan Cockley, and Mr. Hiyane worked on trying to get transportation for the group. Eventually, all the students made it after a shuttle van took 4 trips to get everyone to the hall. BUT, it was worth all of the trouble!
The workshop was an amazing experience. I can't even describe how good the group did and how being on that stage was just an honor. The sound that comes off of the stage is so live and when we played the last note of the first piece, the students and I heard the last note bounce back to us on the stage and everyone went, "WHOA!" It was the coolest experience I've had conducting my orchestra on a stage. Working with John Holland, a violinist with the BSO and conductor with the Boston Youth Symphony, was a great experience. He gave the students great feedback, and was so enthusiastic with the students. We were very lucky to have him as the clinician!