As parents, my husband and I have attended many
performances of our daughter, Annie.
It began with piano recitals.
She took lessons with Mrs. Reitsma for many years.
Mrs. Bigge got her started on the saxophone in 5th and 6th grades.
She had lots of fun in the high school jazz band and concert band.
She marched in many parades.
She performed in a few talent shows in high school.
She also played in the Greater Hartford Youth Wind Ensemble
under Glen Adsit.
Many summers were spent at the Litchfield Jazz Camp.
She had her first solo saxophone recital during the summer
Eastman School of Music offered many opportunities
for Annie to perform. Her saxophone quartet meant
so much to her, and it was fun to watch them come together
as a group over the years.
This culminated in winning a national chamber music competition
at MTNA last year!
There were so many other group performances at Eastman too.
So, after so many years of performances,
Annie gave her final performance of her
school career in January.
We were so proud of Annie as she performed
her program! Even though she was extremely
nervous, she appeared poised and confident.
Annie was accompanied on piano by three very
accomplished musicians and friends: Joe, Evan, and Naomi.
When it was over, her relief revealed itself in her
And her smile never left her face for the rest of the
evening as she was greeted by her many friends
from her years in Rochester.
Dr. Grunow Annie's advisor and professor,
has supported Annie through good times and bad.
We are so thankful for him!
Josh, one of Annie's best friends from high school, presented
her with a bouquet after her performance!
Chai has been another very supportive and loving friend.
Khanh, who played with Annie in their quartet,
reenacted their famous pose!
We were happy to see Lauritz from quartet too!
The performance was live-streamed online,
so even members of the family in New Jersey
we watching and cheering Annie on!
Annie could not help but feel the love all around her!
Annie is student-teaching this semester and will
graduate in May.
We are so proud of ALL of Annie's performances,
from that first piano recital until now.
We are also proud of the woman she has become.
We know she will do amazing things
with all she has learned!