June Newsletter

Hello All,

I am off to the races with my summer practice routine. I know it sounds crazy, but I love this time of year. I have plenty of time to really dive in deep into the repertoire for next season. I love exploring all of the different recordings out there, looking through parts and scores, and just really immersing myself in all this great repertoire!

I will be keeping the same teaching schedule for the summer and I am trying to convince all of my students that summer is the BEST time to really make strides in your playing.

Right now, I have no trips planned. I had a wonderful Mother’s Day Weekend with Tom in Austin. I feel as though I got a good sense of his life there. Austin is a really fun city, especially if you are a millennial!

The garden is doing very well. I am trying to prepare it for the hot weather which has not really hit yet. The mornings and evenings have still been very pleasant. Scott and I have been enjoying a lot of beach walks and I have been doing classes at the Yoga Garden.

Finished reading “How to Think Like a Roman Emperor” by Donald Robertson. For those of you who are not familiar with Stoic Philosophy, I would recommend it. I continue to read passages every day in Ryan Holiday’s book, “The Daily Stoic”.

Hope you are all well.

“Work Hard, Be Nice”


October News Letter

Hi All,

October is here, but the “feels like” temperatures are still in the high 90s.      I am usually OK with the heat – but this is too much – even for me! Yesterday was the last day of the regular season for Major League Baseball. My Washington Nationals finished second in the National League East, with only a slightly better than .500 record. A truly disappointing season for a team that many experts picked to be in the World Series. In any case, I’m sure their will be a few amazing moments to watch even without my Nats.

Of course the big excitement for October is the opening of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra’s Masterworks Series. As with many orchestras across the country we are celebrating the Leonard Bernstein centennial year. The All-Bernstein concert is Saturday, October 6th, 8 PM at the King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne. Here is the rundown of the entire program:

Candide Overture                                                                                                                  Simple Song from Mass                                                                                                               On the Town “Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra” arr. Harmon                           West Side Story Suite                                                                                                                  Fancy Free Ballet Suite

The “On the Town” will feature violinist Jennifer Frautschi.                                   The West Side Story will feature Jackie Stressman and E.J. Cardona, vocalists.

In the garden all I do at this point is try to keep things alive until in cools off. So far, so good (mostly). Looking forward to some fall projects and plantings.

What I am listening to right now is lots of Bach. The English and French Suites mostly.  They have the ability to both focus and quiet the mind. I find that very helpful in the swirl of terrible news in our world.

What I am reading right now is “American Philosophy, a Love Story” by John Kaag.

To my students I leave you with the same words as always:

“Work Hard, Be Nice”



September News Letter

Hello All,

Happy September!

Of course to all of us here in Florida it means peak hurricane season, and is always faced with some dread. The good news is that most of are now old pros at this and face it with a good deal of expertise and stoicism.

It also means the start of the orchestra season! The Brevard Symphony gets things started this year with their annual FREE Family Concert. The concert is at 2PM at the King Center and is part of an all afternoon celebration called the “Cultural Arts Showcase”.  Every year to kick off the season, arts organizations of every stripe from all over the county set up booths and present concerts and demonstrations. The BSO concert will be about an hour long and is designed for the entire family to enjoy together. I encourage everyone to attend and please stop by and say hello.

Later this month I have several students auditioning for the All State Festival. You all have worked very hard, so good luck!

Baseball’s regular season is winding down. It was a very disappointing season for my Washington Nationals. (They may not even finish at .500) It goes without saying that this is a serious underperformance for a team that a lot of experts picked to go to the World Series! But there is always something fun to watch no matter which teams are in the play-offs.

There will be a lot happening this season. Keep up to date with all upcoming concerts by following the news letter, and checking the performance page!

Fingers crossed about the hurricanes.

“Work Hard, Be Nice”



August Newsletter

Hello All,

Happy Back-to-School time! My first comment goes out to all my students. When you are picking up school supplies, get yourself a notebook that you will use for flute. I have been using a practice notebook for YEARS and I still find it very valuable.

The start of orchestra season is just around the corner, so I hope you will check out the performance page for concert information. Don’t forget I can usually get tickets for you and you family to attend theses concerts FOR FREE.

I have enjoyed my summer with a nice mix of practicing, home and garden projects, reading, and BASEBALL. It looks like my NATS (fingers crossed) are finally turning things around.

In the garden, I have finished a shade garden project. So nice to have a spot to go to and not feel like a prisoner of the air conditioning. I have two nice books I can recommend. One is “Mozart’s Starling” by Lyanda Lynn Haupt and the other is “Central Park Love Song…..Wandering Beneath the Heaventrees” by Stephen Wolf. Both are perfect reads for the last little bit of summer.

Scott and I did not get a chance to take any summer vacation this year, but perhaps in the fall. Looks like a trip to New York might be possible.

I am looking forward to a great new season with both the Atlantic Classical Orchestra AND the Brevard Symphony Orchestra! Lots of wonderful music on tap. Again, please always be checking the performance page.

I know all my students are excited as well, with the start of another incredible school year. Always remember our studio motto:

“Work Hard, Be Nice”


July Newsletter

Hello All,

I hope to see as many of you as possible at the Brevard Symphony Orchestra’s annual 4th of July Concert. The event takes place at Riverfront Park in Cocoa. It is FREE and includes the most spectacular fireworks show on the Space Coast!  The orchestra will be playing such favorites as Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever”.  And YES we DO stand with our piccolos for the famous solo. The concert begins at 8PM with fireworks starting at dark. Visit the Brevard Symphony website for more details, including how YOU can join the orchestra for a barbecue!

That is the only concert I have on my books for July, but my students and I are hard at work in the studio. Several of my students have taken on the challenge of preparing for the All-State auditions in September. I am so proud of their commitment and focus. And speaking of the studio – WE FINALLY HAVE A FLOOR!  We have been operating with bare cement floors since the studio was flooded out by hurricane Irma. Scott and I are busy re-arranging and bringing the studio back to life.

I am definitely in my mid summer mode. I have been setting my alarm for 5:30 every morning. I am on the beach by 6AM and walk 3-4 miles. What a treat to see the sun rise each day! Plus I am back at the house before it gets too hot. In other items of interest, my mother is almost fully recovered from her car accident. My new garden on the west side of the house was installed last week. It has a built in fire pit, which looks terrific, even though we probably won’t be using it much until the fall.

My son Tom’s school schedule has him going back on JULY 17th!! He will be teaching Algebra ll this year, as well as being the curriculum co-ordinator. He recently went on a bike/camping trip, cycling from Washington, DC to Pittsburgh, PA – over 200 miles! Amazing! It was along one of those “Rails-to-Trails”.

My Washington Nationals are in quite a funk, so baseball has not been much fun for me lately. I am hoping that after the All Star break, the team can reset. The All Star Game is at Nationals Park this year. It will be a great showcase for the team in what is really a beautiful stadium.

Enjoy Summer! It will be over much too quickly!

“Work Hard, Be Nice”


June Newsletter

Hello All,

Happy June!

Congratulations to all my graduating seniors! I am so grateful that I had the privilege of being your flute teacher over these past few years. I hope all the skills we learned in our flute lessons help you in your college careers. Please keep in touch and let me know how things are going for you in this next big exciting phase.

Next, an explanation. There was no May studio newsletter. On April 24th, my 93 year old mother was in a terrible car accident. She is expected to recover but we were obviously all quite shaken by this. Thank you to all of you who expressed concerns.

On my agenda for June are some big gardening projects. It will include a complete replant of the area on the west side of the patio as well as construction of a fire pit. I’ll keep you posted on its progress. I have already replanted the herb garden in the front of the house and so far so good. Right now Scott and I have no definite travel plans, so my teaching schedule remains the same for June. Summer practice has begun in earnest and, yes, I already have my folder set up for next season. More on that in another post.

My son Tom will be teaching Algebra II next year at the same KIPP school in Austin, TX.  He had a wonderful experience hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon over his spring break a few months back. The pictures looked amazing!

As you can see, there are no concerts on the books for June. I hope many of you decide to spend your Fourth of July holiday with the BSO. Details about that concert are on my performance page. You can check the BSO web site for more detailed information. If you have never attended a BSO Red, White and Boom event, check it out. You won’t be disappointed. And, yes, we do stand with our piccolos for the famous solo in “Stars and Stripes”!

For now, I intend to enjoy my little bit of down time in June.

Work Hard, Be Nice                                                                                                              Tina

“You have to assemble your life yourself – action by action”                     Marcus Aurelius

April Newsletter

Dear Family, Friend, Colleagues, Students and Parents,

The ACO season came to a close last week with a series of performances in Palm Beach Gardens, Vero Beach and Stuart. The program featured a new work by Hannah Lash titled “Facets of Motion:”.  Alon Goldstein dazzled and charmed the audiences with his performances of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.3.  The orchestra under the direction of David Amado concluded the season with Brahms’ glorious Symphony No.2. I have heard the same comment from many in the audience , “I wish the season were longer !”. The members of the orchestra feel the same way.

But you still have the chance for one more “orchestral fix”.  The Brevard Symphony Orchestra has one more Masterworks Concert on Saturday, April 14th and Sunday, April 15th. We end the season with a bang! Prokofiev’s orchestral showstopper, his 5th Symphony. Also on the program, Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, one of his last and finest works. Saturday’s concert is at 8PM in the King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, Sunday’s will be at 7:30 at the Community Church in Vero Beach.

There is also a chance for you chamber music fans to hear “Trio Joie de Vivre” This is an ensemble of myself, violist Sandy Robbins and harpist Deborah Fleisher. We will be performing works of Debussy, Bach and more! That concert will be at the ACT Theatre in Stuart on Saturday, April 28th at 7PM. Seating is VERY limited as this is a true chamber music space.

In next month’s newsletter I will spell out all of the repertoire for the following season. I think it would be fun for us to explore different recordings together during the course of the summer!

Students and Parents: Please let me know what your summer plans are. I would like to put together a summer practice plan for every student.

This and That: The FIRST thing I plan to do when the season ends is to replant my herb garden. Then I will go through the process, as I do every summer, of setting up a folder with ALL of next year’s repertoire and getting to work on it throughout the summer. THIRD, I will print out the schedule for the Washington Nationals and stick it on my fridge so as to not miss a game!

March Newsletter

Dear Family, Friends, Colleagues, Students and Parents,

First let me apologize for this post coming half way into the month. The preparations for the Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto have taken all my attention. We had a wonderful performance last night in Palm Beach Gardens, with Harpist Kay Kemper and the ACO!  There are 3 more performances you can catch. Tonight (March 15th) at the Waxlax Theatre on the campus of St. Edward’s School in Vero Beach at 7:30PM. There are 2 performances tomorrow (March 16th) at 4 and 8 PM at the Lyric Theatre in Stuart. Hope to see you there. I know you will enjoy this all Mozart program. Please stop and say hello.

I have heard from many of you that you enjoyed the BSO earlier this month, with soloist Paul Huang in the Barber Violin Concerto. Christopher Confessore conducted the program which also included Schubert’s Rosamunde Overture and the 6th Symphony of Dvorak.

Also earlier this month the Melbourne Chamber Music Society featured the American Brass Quintet. It was the 40th anniversary celebration concert for the society who commissioned a work that the ABQ  premiered. It was an absolutely terrific piece. The players and the audience loved it. Having the composer, Dan Coleman on hand made the event even more special. Congratulations to MCMS and ABQ!

Students and Parents:  Thank you for being so flexible with the schedule this month. This is one of the disadvantages of lessons with a working musician. I know, however, that for those of you who are able to attend the concerts FREE OF CHARGE, the benefits out way the sometimes challenging schedule. Looking ahead for those interested, there will be a special performance of Verdi’s Requiem on Good Friday at the Community Church in Vero Beach.

This and That: REALLY looking forward to baseball season. Opening day is early this year – March 29th.

February Newsletter

Dear Family, Friends, Colleagues, Students and Parents,

Hope you are all surviving this flu season none the worse for wear. Although I have not really gotten sick, every day it feels as though I am fighting off something.

This month, the Brevard Symphony presents its Pops Concert as well as a series of Children’s Concerts. The Pops Concert is titled “Brodway and Beyond” and feature the terrific vocalist Michelle Amado. The performances are Friday, February 2nd at the Community Church in Vero Beach at 7:30pm and Saturday at the King Center in Melbourne at 2 and 8pm. The Children’s Concerts take place all the following week and are open to 5th grade students of Brevard and Indian River Counties.

The Atlantic Classical Orchestra’s February Concert will feature as the guest soloist, the winner of last year’s Elmar Oliveria International Violin Competition, Serina Huang. She will be playing the stunningly beautiful Violin Concerto by Samuel Barber. Also on the program are Prokofiev’s “Classical Symphony” and Schumann’s Symphony No.2. These concerts take place on February 14, 15 and 16 and are in Palm Beach Gardens, Vero Beach and Stuart respectively.

As always, I encourage everyone to take the time to visit the web sites of these orchestras. They do a fabulous job!

Parents and Students:  This month many of my students will be participating in the Solo and Ensemble Festival. For many of them, it will be their fist experience ever playing solos before a judge. The poise and grace they will gain from this will be invaluable and every parent should applaud their efforts.

This and That:  A few words about distraction. There are so many things tugging at us each day for our attention. Decide which ones are worth our time and energy and which ones ARE NOT! This is advice not just for my students, but for all of us. Know who you are and stay focused. It’s as simple as that. And as always:

“Work Hard, Be Nice”

January Newsletter

Dear Family, Friends, Colleagues, Students and Parents:

HAPPY 2018!

I hope you all had a safe and enjoyable holiday season. The orchestra season is in full swing with both the Brevard Symphony and the Atlantic Classical Orchestra presenting Masterworks Concerts this month!

The Brevard Symphony Orchestra concerts are on Saturday, January 13 with performances at 2 and 8 PM at the King Center in Melbourne. Mendelssohn’s “Scottish” Symphony and Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto will be the featured works. Christopher Confessore conducts.

The following week the Atlantic Classical Orchestra kicks off its season with four performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No.9, “Ode to Joy”.  Also on the program, Bernstein’s Serenade which will feature the ACO’s Concertmaster Leonid Segal as soloist.

Students and Parents:  This month we will be working on AllSate and AllCounty music for those students who were honored with an invitation to participate in these events. We will also be working on solo and ensemble music for those participating. I want to work with you each individually to make 2018 your best year ever in moving your playing forward to the next level. A goal without a plan is just a wish!

This and That: