She touched the necklace (that I originally bought for me to wear in support of her on concert days) around her neck, and rubbed the silver flute charm between her fingers and said: Mom, this is my necklace now, I want to wear it every day because….I am a flutist.
*NOT pronounced flautist, as many people think…it’s flutist…. Dr. Holmes told me so:
Valerie Holmes, Flute, Suzuki Flute, Recorder
Solo recitals and concerto appearances in France, Taiwan, Republic of China, New York, West Coast U.S. Winner, Artists International Competition; New York debut, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. D.M.A., Manhattan School of Music; M.M., B.A., San Jose State University. Teaching Certification, Columbia University Teachers College. Flute studies with Louis Moyse, Carol Wincenc, Harold Bennett. Suzuki Certification, University of Eastern Tennessee. Faculty, Special Music School; Lucy Moses School; French Conservatory of Music; Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music; Nyack College. Prep Center faculty since 1989.
I was so proud of her today. After months of practicing, she played her pieces in the right order, stayed focused the entire time, and obviously felt great about it-just look at the expression on her face!
See for yourself: