What a (half) year!

 

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Hello all! It’s been a while since my last blog post, but I didn’t want you to think I had forgotten you!  It’s been a busy first half of 2014, and I’ll highlight what I’ve been up to:

1) 300 hour yoga teacher training – done!  Just finished this last week, and I am proud to say that I am now 500 hours yoga teacher trained!  That kept me busy most weekends and during the week, but I’m really excited to have completed this journey.

2) Premieres – women’s choir piece for Vox Femina Los Angeles and new work for oboe and soprano commissioned by Aryn Day Sweeney.  I was fortunate to have wonderful performances of both of these new works – and you can hear more at www.jennibrandon.com

3) Finished – new work for marimba and flute “Great Sand Dunes” commissioned by Tracy and James Doyle.  They’ll premiere it in the fall, possibly at the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado! (it was inspired by this incredible location!).  I also finished up a solo bassoon piece – it was WAY past time to add that to my repertoire!

4) Started- a newly commissioned work for Christin Schilinger for bassoon and piano.  I’m using a gorgeous sculpture by my friend Susan Hawkins as inspiration, and I’ll be posting progress on that!

5) Continuing – my work for the Long Beach Camerata Singers – PIano Concerto with choir and Chamber Orchestra with original text by Oliver Mayer.  It’s really finished BUT work left to do on orchestrating and cleaning up the score.  I’ll post an article about this process soon.

6) Teaching – yoga extravaganza!  I teach 9 classes a week, including a couple of prenatal classes and I love it.  I am so glad to have Yoga in my life (with the capital “Y”) and love to teach and practice yoga.

7) New recordings and scores!  Ceora Winds debut CD came out (I helped produce it) with my piece “Spider Suite” on it.  “Postcards” is lovely – grab a copy on CDBaby or iTunes today.  And my new reed trio “Found Objects” was published by TrevCo – very proud to be a part of that catalog!

That’s my story for now!  I am grateful for these opportunities, and I will keep you posted more now that teacher training is over and I have a little more free time!  Stay tuned!