|Ms. Phillips Rieske with the clarinets from the masterclass.|
In any case, I went to the dealer's room to try out the new Buffet Divine clarinet and I got some lunch, and then I took a deep breth and went to the masterclass. I was playing the exposition of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto in front of a room full of clarinet professionals, enthusiasts, and students. It's funny. I wasn't nervous. I figured, I would do my best and not worry too much about it. Unlike the competition, this time, I didn't have much to lose. Also, I don't think I had enough energy left after the competition to get too worked up about anything.
I think I played quite well considering everything -- although since I have been working on the Mozart since then, I could play better today, but that doesn't really matter. The important thing was that Ms. Phillips Rieske was a FANTASTIC teacher. Like Mr. Manassee, she focused first on what she liked about my playing, which is something I think all teachers should do. It makes it much easier to hear the criticisms, especially in a room full of people you don't know. I'm not going to go into specifics about her comments this time, like I usually do, but suffice it to say that the master class was a great experience. I hope that I have the privilege to meet Ms. Phillips Rieske again as a teacher or as the amazing performer that she is.