Well, it is cold here. I’m finding it more bracing than debilitating, but I’m sure my adrenaline and excitement could be affecting me. Yesterday was a big day. Mimi had an itinerary for me that initially had me occupied from 9-9 straight, but I ended up being done at 6:30. It was actually a relief, because I was not aware that south of Indianapolis is on Eastern time. *singsong*: Jet Laaaaag!

This place is what a music school should be. Old-feeling, stocked to the ever-loving brim with teaching/performing superstars, all of whom are enthusiastic and quick to smile. I managed to sit in on one lesson with Mimi, then it was on to a few hours experiencing what the MME would be like with Brenda Brenner, then watching Susan Moses teach for a while, then onto a too-short visit to the studio of Sharon Robinson, where her students were rehearsing for an upcoming concert in one of the many gorgeous recital spaces.

When a school takes its music seriously, it goes from being a superfluous luxury program to a genuine asset to the music world and the community at large. I knew all of this before coming here, but it is more than a little inspiring to marinate in the environment for a few days. It looks like, if all goes well, I’ll be coming here to do a Master’s in performance with an “outside emphasis” in Pedagogy, hopefully along with some assisting. Woo hoo! Nothing is final, of course, and I suppose I could trainwreck my audition, but I tend to do ok in those situations. Chopping wood et. al.

Tonight, my pal Nicole is coming over from DePauw, and we’re going to have another one of Mimi’s feasts before I leave in the morning for the long drive back to Chicago.

I like this place.

Coming soon: The 12 Days of Cellomas 2009: “Biggest Mistakes” Spectacular!