by Diana Nuttall - Edmonton, Alberta
This year, my husband surprised me with a wonderful gift: a Musical River Cruise down the Rhine in October! I was thrilled! However, leaving my students for almost three weeks in the middle of the year concerned me, so I decided to ask a teacher to substitute for one of the weeks. I phoned Carey Cheney in Utah and she agreed to come!
While we sailed up the Rhine with James Campbell, and the The Gryphon Trio, Carey Cheney would live in my house, in Edmonton, and teach my students. My students’ parents volunteered to pick her up at the Airport, and bring her all the food she needed (more than she needed, it turned out!). I approached the Edmonton Society for Talent Education to see if they would share her airfare if she stayed the weekend and taught a workshop open to all Suzuki cello students in town. Adele Bosse-Morgan jumped at the offer, and got her Board to agree. Then I realized that a number of teachers in town might be interested in working with Carey so I arranged a Friday morning teacher session. It rapidly filled up!
It turned out that Gail Lange was on the same cruise! While I visited Beethoven House in Bonn and ate Raclette in Zurich with Gail, Carey came, lived in my house and taught all my students! She ended the week at my house by doing a workshop for seven cello teachers on her books “Solos for the Young Cellist” series, and then did a weekend workshop for the Edmonton Society for Talent Education. As a result, all the Edmonton Suzuki Cello community enjoyed my trip!
It was lovely to come home to students that were inspired by Carey’s teaching and enthusiastic about returning to lessons! What a great way to end a trip of a lifetime!