Friday, October 7, 2011

Moravian College, Betlehem, PA

Yesterday was the perfect day for a drive up the Northeast Extension of the PA turnpike to visit the stunning campus of Moravian College and the studio of Robin Kani.  I have known Robin for a very long time-we decided not to do the math-since the days when I was playing in the Bethlehem Bach Festival Orchestra.  We had lots of fun then, and we did yesterday.  Robin is a very fine flutist, one of the best: she studied at Michigan and Julliard, and is principal flute in the BBFO, Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra, and in any other musical event in the culture-rich Lehigh Valley.  She also substitutes with the Philadelphia Orchestra.  I have long admired her playing and valued her friendship.

So the trip to Bethlehem was personally and professionally rewarding.  I was greeted with a small army of students who made loading in much easier than usual! We set up in Hearst Hall, and members of Robin's studio tried out flutes, browsed through music and checked out accessories.  People from the community came too, so it was lively and fun.  Jason Blank and Andrea Fisher (Fluterscooter) accompanied me on this trip, and when it was quiet the 4 of us played quartets and had a wonderful time.

Robin's students sound great, and the small college has an atmosphere of support and comradarie not found in large schools.

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