Summer gigs: They DO exist!

Last year the gig fairy abandoned me in June, so I spent my summer watching Curious George, crocheting a blanket, and fostering a new Pinterest addiction. What can I say, I’ve always been a wild one.

This summer I’ve had at least one paying gig every week. I’m not exactly rolling in the dough, but at least I’m earning my lunch money. The secret to my summer income?

Subbing [‘sʌbɪŋ] verb: to act as a substitute for another
(not to be confused with this)

Apparently music directors and pianists are real people (*gasp*) who go away on vacation to take a break from their work (*gasp*), leaving work for me! One of my subbing gigs has resulted in a regular appointment for the upcoming school year, which goes to prove that it always pays to be punctual, prepared, and professional.

In other summer news:

  • I played my first piano rehearsal for Keith Lockhart, successfully maintaining my wits for all 15 minutes.
  • For the second time this year, I sang for a conductor whose pants were falling down.
  • I’m working on the scrumptious Brahms Horn Trio, which I last performed in 2005. Performance dates TBA.
  • Jacob Wirth’s has invited Opera On Tap Boston to perform twice a month. I’m looking forward to my first gig with them this Saturday.
  • I’ll be the accompanist for the Boston City Singers’ new Cambridge children’s chorus. Enroll your kids! Director Wendy Silverberg does amazing work.

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