It is good to be home, to wake up to cool, cloudy Oregon mornings with fresh coffee and snuggles and smiles.
But the work continues. I now possess a huge stack of sheet music that I have roughly two and a half months to learn.
In September -- I can announce it now since I've signed the contract -- I will be taking my first out-of-town High Holidays posting as a cantorial soloist, songleader and musician-in-residence. Skype sessions with clergy over the remainder of the summer will help me get things clear; and quite a few selections have to be transposed to lower keys to accommodate my non-soprano voice type. Thankfully, I will not have to wear a robe; though I will have to dress up a fair bit more than I normally do. This will be my first High Holidays away from my Havurah and I will miss being with them, but the opportunity for growth is too great to pass up. So for now, I'll enjoy being at home -- and practicing my butt off.