Life post-graduation, mid-pandemic
It's been a while since I last updated. Surprisingly (or not), not much has happened considering how long it's been, but life has still gone on. I graduated with my MM in piano performance from Mannes in May, complete with a virtual ceremony I watched with my family from our home. To my surprise, I was awarded the Steinway Award during the ceremony, a cash prize that is awarded to certain graduates for excellence in artistry and service. I was not expecting the award, but it was a great honor to receive it.
In the summer and the weeks leading up to it, I worked with the New York Opera Conservatory to figure out how we could still present a program while following the guidelines set by New York State regarding COVID-19. For the first opera, Don Giovanni, We came up with a solution where we would film the opera instead of performing it, and that the pandemic would be part of the production so everyone would be singing to each other through their phones instead of singing to each other in the same room. In order for this to fully work, we reimagined it as a comedy (which wasn't that hard! Get rid of the death and hell and it's basically a comedy already). If you're curious as to how we managed this, check out the finished product! So many hours of filming and meetings went into this.