I have to apologize to my readership–the posts have been few and far between!
In this moment, part of that is due to the business of music, and the business of life–I have gigs and lessons in the evening, and during the day, I raise my son, and teach classes, ie, I live the dream! In between time, my wife and I have sold our house (!), and are working on our dream–presented in detail at our (mostly Emily’s) blog.
Back to this post, though. I have to say that while I am always excited about great music to perform–I’m currently working on the book for Once on this Island, which I’ve been hired to perform with the St Henry District High School, (plus Beauty and the Beast with BBHS in April) as well as my stuff with Bob Ross, who is gearing up for a new CD –I’m especially thankful and grateful at the moment to work with a certain great student.
As all of you who teach know, truly exceptional students are few and far between, and are a real joy to teach. I want to send a shout out to my student Matthew Repka–of whom I couldn’t be more proud. He’s most recently been receiving scholarship offers from several schools, but he’s also shown that he is a great performer, musician, a beginning teacher, and a beginning businessman. While preparing for college auditions (and after winning a spot in CSYO), Matt also worked up two marimba solos, and won a bunch of money by winning the Instrumental Category of the Cincinnati Overture Awards. Though this is spectacular in and of itself, what is truly amazing, is that the same day he competed in the finals, he had two other performances, one of which was a paid gig. And that’s not even the half of it–a few weeks before, Matt brought in a flyer for me to look at, marketed himself, and started his own lesson studio! As well, the week after the big win, he performed with me in the pit orchestra of a musical…with two rehearsals, no dress rehearsal, and all that entails!
To be completely clear, as Matt would tell you I try to be, I want to say that this post is not intended to brag about my teaching–while Matt is a student of mine, I have merely pointed the way. His strength lies in the trust, talent, and diligence with which he went forward on the path. My post today is about the fact that while this website isn’t huge, it does have a following, it does get regular views, and Matt could use a little bit of publicity as he begins his journey as a working musician. Of course, it’s not really the beginning–he’s been getting paid gigs for a couple of years now!
In short, for those of you who read this, and know who Matt Repka is, I couldn’t give him a higher recommendation–I’ve hired him, my friends have hired him, he’s a great performer, he’s been a great student, and he won’t let you down.