October 2, 2015

Today is my 4th Anniversary living in NYC!!!! This is a photo from my maiden voyage from Montana on Amtrak. It was a 2 day trip. I met a nice young college student from China, who shared his mooncake and stories from studying in the states with me. I met up with my friend, Andrew, from college, in Chicago. He brought me another duffle bag to alleviate some of the weight on my 3 duffels, which were too heavy to check. It makes me laugh to think about how much was crammed into those bags-a whole life!!!! It was so comforting to see a friendly face and to get to talk about things that I knew. It was only a day into the trek and the reality of moving was still not fully realized. We were able to grab a bite and walk around the city a little bit before the final leg of my journey. We have colla...

August 26, 2015

     It seems so long ago and just yesterday- Oct. 1, 2012. I hopped off the Amtrak train at Penn Station with 4 duffel bags, a clarinet, and a laptop. I opened the heavy glass doors into the flood of the city, the blaring sirens, scurrying people, and haze of lights. All at once, I knew I was home. 

    Up until that moment, I had been a Montana girl, raised on the prairie, in a small town-population of 2,000 people. Music led me interview for a sales position at the New York Philharmonic, which I was hired for, but turned down for the sake of jazz. I worked for almost 2.5 yrs as a waitress and busser at the Jazz Standard, where I saw countless acts and then found my way to teaching clarinet, voice, and piano lessons at Larchmont Music Academy, and then finally to the l...

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