November Studio Notes

Hello All,


I can’t believe it. I had to start this newsletter with that. Now on to other business.

The BSO had its annual “Spooktacular” Concert. It was a fun time for all with some great costumes. The “Front Row Girls” (as we call ourselves) took a prize for best section costume with “the Four Seasons”.

I hope to see you at our next concert at the King Center. On Saturday, November 16th at 8PM the BSO presents “The Planets”.

Looking ahead, watch for “Nutcracker” announcements!

Disney’s Candlelight Processional is just around the corner, so students, please keep a close eye on the lessons schedules. There will be a lot of changes due to all the Holiday Concerts.



October News Letter

Hello All,

The Brevard Symphony Orchestra opens its season at 2 PM on October 26th at the King Center. This is our annual FREE Family Concert “Spooktacular”. It will include lots of Halloween themed music and is fun for the whole family. Come in costume and join the fun. Many members of the orchestra will be in costume as well. I won’t tell you what my costume is. You’ll have to come and see for yourself!

The Melbourne Chamber Music Society opens there season on Friday, October 25th at 7:30 PM. The concert features pianist Stephen Lin. All concerts are at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church. This is the first time ever, that a solo pianist has been featured on the series.

The Nats are in the post-season! YAY!!! For the first time in a while, I will have a team to root for in October!

New in the garden this month is a raised bed herb planted. I just love it. Still been doing my beach walks, and my yoga. Also still focusing on my “capital S” Stoic readings.

It has been a terrific summer and I am looking forward to another terrific orchestra season. Hope to see many of you at all the concerts.

“Work Hard, Be Nice”


September Newsletter

Hello All,

I am so glad to see so many of my students off to a good start semester. Let’s keep that going!

Here on the Space Coast we really dodged a bullet with hurricane Dorian. Our hearts go out to those who were so terribly affected.

Scott and Tiki and I stayed here beach-side, but we had everything ready to go on a moments notice. Even though we were spared, it is still a nerve racking and exhausting process.

I am looking forward to the start of another season. Please check the websites of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra and the Atlantic Classical Orchestra for a sneak peak. I am looking forward to playing a lot of Beethoven over the next two seasons. All of the classical music world will be celebrating the 250th anniversary of his birth. (December 16th, 1770). Both the 2019-2020 and the 2020-2021 seasons will be filled with his music, so stay tuned for more details!

I am also looking forward to performing the Debussy Sonata for flute, viola and harp on the ACO chamber series. This is truly one of the greatest masterpieces in all of the chamber music repertoire.

One month left of regular season baseball. As of this writing, my Washington Nationals are in position for the first wild card in the National League. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I will actually have a team in the post season this year!

Newly discovered for me this month is the podcast, “Sticky Notes”. All classical music. They are terrific – check them out! You will really enjoy them!

That’s it for now.

“Work Hard – Be Nice”


July Newsletter

Hello All!.

In my June newsletter I was saying that the heat had not truly settled in yet. It sure has now! (Although still quite bearable).

The Brevard Symphony Orchestra presents its annual “Symphony Under the Stars” 4th of July concert at Riverfront Park in Cocoa. The concert itself begins at 8PM with a spectacular fireworks display during the 1812 Overture (of course!). Lots of fun and patriotic music – Stars and Stripes – Piccolos – you get the picture. Get there early and enjoy all the pre-concert festivities. IT IS ALL FREE!

I will be maintaining my regular teaching schedule throughout July. As you know I am a big believer in an intensified routine of SUMMER PRACTICE. Students who follow this advice have tremendous success the following school year.

Scott and I had the chance to visit with Michael Hasel (a flutist with the Berlin Philharmonic) while he was over on the West Coast of Florida. It was a great day. We have a nice dockside lunch and went in and out of some funky little arts places.

Tom is just back from a week in Houston for some professional development with KIPP. Next year he will be teaching only calculus, but in addition he will mentor new teachers and coach track.

On the what I am reading/listening to front: Just started “The Map of Knowledge. A Thousand-Year History of How Classical Ideas Were Lost and Found” by Violet Moller. Listening to a lot of Beethoven mostly on the Berlin Philharmonic Archives from their Digital Concert Hall.

On the gardening front – just trying to keep everything alive in the heat. That’s about the best you can hope for this time of year.

Hope you are all having a great summer

“Work Hard, Be Nice”


May Newsletter

Hello All,

Happy Spring! I had the most marvelous experience this morning to welcome in May. The Berlin Philharmonic is on their European tour, and this morning at FIVE AM, our time, the concert was broadcast live from the Musee D’Orsay in Paris! What a wonderful program. A mixture of French and German works, including Afternoon of a Faun. The soloist was bass baritone Bryn Terfel and the program ended with Wagner’s Magic Fire Music. The setting was so beautiful and it made the whole concert rather overwhelming.

Back here in Florida, there is only one more week to my season. This Saturday, May 4th at the King Center in Melbourne, members of the BSO accompany the Brevard Chorale in Bach’s monumental B Minor Mass. The concert is at 7:30 PM. The next day the BSO presents it’s annual “May Pops” at the Windsor Polo Club in Vero Beach.

After that it is Mother’s Day weekend with my son. I am so looking forward to that! I will give you a full report on how he is doing, as many of you ask about him often. It sounds like he is settling to his job very nicely.

My summer plans include the usual – starting to work on the music for next season. (Yes, already!) My garden is doing very well. Especially the bananas. They are going – OK, I’ll say it – BANANAS! Also I am back to my routine of early morning beach walks. I have also begun classes at the local yoga studio which I am enjoying very much.

Enjoy May – “Work Hard, Be Nice”


April News Letter

Hello All,

This month, the Brevard Symphony closes its regular Masterworks Subscription Series with a program featuring the romantic and exciting Symphony No. by Serge Rachmaninoff. This is an event not to be missed. The concert takes place at the King Center for the performing Arts in Melbourne on Saturday, April 6th at 8PM. It will be conducted by Christopher Confessore.

Both the Atlantic Classical Orchestra and the Brevard Symphony Orchestra have announced their 2019-2020 seasons. They both look great! I will be telling you more about them in the coming months.

In other news, my garden is doing great – including a nice crop of bananas! I am looking forward to being able to spend a lot more time in the garden very soon.

My poor Duke Blue Devils were eliminated in the Elite Eight and will not be going to the Final Four this yesr. This was such a shame, as this was no doubt one of the most talented teams Coach K has seen. AND my Nats dropped 2 out of 3 in the series home opener against the Mets. UGH!

I will keep you all posted on how my summer is going.

“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