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There is a lot of exciting news for the upcoming months! First up is a new work for the Vision of Sound program. This “Elemental Suite” for flute, viola and piano will be finished very soon, so my good friend and talented choreographer, Cheryl Wilkins-Mitchell, can finish the choreography in time for the premiere on November 14 at the Smith Opera House. But if you miss the premiere, don't worry! The program will receive several additional performances in the spring.

After that, I have two requests for a piano/cello duet! And of course, being a glutton for punishment, I plan to write a separate work for each duo! I'll also be putting the final touches on a new flute choir work called “Prismatic Dances” that Iʼm very excited about, and Iʼm hoping to be able to share recordings of these works with you over the next few months.

On the performance front, Iʼm currently rehearsing a pair of flute trios with my friends Jenni Foutch and Julie Stuetzle (you may recognize her name from last year's school residency). We hope to have these all set for performance on the CNY Flute Choir Fall Sunday Showcase (date & time tba). As for Samba Laranja, you'll see us marching in the Westcott Street Cultural Fair parade in September, and at more events throughout

the fall semester.

As for the aftermath of the CD release for “Moto Continuo,” I am thrilled to report that Three Songs is receiving quite a bit of airplay across the country! I can't say “Thank You” often enough for everyone's support - from Trio Casals, to the folks at PARMA, to everyone who contributed to the funding campaign, and most especially, to Ovidiu Marinescu for asking me to write for him.

Finally, I've been asked to take on a very big role recently. I am very happy, very proud (and not just a little bit intimidated!) to share the news that I will be taking over the mid-day hosting spot on WCNY-FM beginning August 31. Long-time host Bill Baker has decided to retire, and Iʼve been asked to take over his duties. Iʼm so excited for this new adventure, but a bit nervous, too. Bill has left me some very big shoes to fill. All I can say is: Good luck, Bill! I could never replace you, only succeed you.

(Be sure to check out my latest blog entry for more insight into my upcoming journey!)