Galveston Adventure- Behind the Scenes of the PBS special!

Hey, Friends, Hey!!! I can not believe that the day has finally arrived…I am so incredibly excited about this evening. So what exactly am I so excited about??? Well, about a year ago I was asked to play for the Texas Tenors PBS broadcast special which will be airing tonight for the first time!!!! Yep, all the hard work and rehearsing, has finally come to an end and tonight all will be revealed!!! (hehe… I totally felt so dramatic saying that). So in preparation and excitement of watching it, I thought I would take you all along for the fun memories of that weekend in Galveston.

So how did it happen? How did I get selected to be a part of this incredible production?

Last summer as I was enjoying the sun, the pool and not being in school, I got a call from my friend Carla. Carla is the sister of one of the Texas Tenors, J.C. Fisher, and also a former band director in the Springfield area. She was asked to put together the orchestra for the PBS special, and was calling to ask if i would be a part of the orchestra. Ummm yes!! Of course! … I immediately told her yes! I was bursting at the seems to be a part of it… I was so excited and could not wait till September to take a trip to Galveston for the filming.

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I have had a lot of wonderful opportunities while living in Springfield and have been able to perform with a lot of different orchestras, travel to Europe and perform, be the contract person for setting up orchestras for events and concerts, and continue to perform and be called to perform for special events around town. I have had the opportunity to perform with “The Transiberian Orchestra,” as well as, “Michael Buble,” and was completely blown away and ecstatic for those opportunities. But this is the first time I have ever been able to perform with a group and be featured on T. V. I love to perform and share my love of music with others… the energy you get from being in front of a large group of people, the adrenaline rush as your passion is ignited and you are able to share your gift with so many, but beyond that, is the feeling I get when I know that I am in the place God has for me. Yes, I have worked hard and I am a good violinist, but the opportunities that I have had are because of God opening the doors. He is the one that has opened all the doors for me. I never sought out the opportunities, but instead I continued to live my life pursuing excellence in my craft and working hard and God opened the doors. Read it again: GOD OPENED THE DOORS!

The week had finally come, it was the beginning of September and I was so ready to get on that bus and head to Galveston. The bus ride was really long, 12 hours to be exact, and we were pretty packed with all the orchestra members, instruments and the choir on board. There were a couple people that got seats to themselves, but almost everyone had to share. Not gonna lie, a 12 hour drive in a packed car or bus, with a lot of people is not always fun and sometimes can get kind of annoying. We stopped a couple times for restroom stops and of course, food! I can’t exactly remember where we stopped to eat for lunch the following day, but I ate catfish for the first time and totally enjoyed it! Yum! So good!

Anyway, after the long ride, we were finally in Galveston and I was so ready to look around and explore this beautiful city, but we were running behind, so instead we had to rush inside and get set up for the sound check. The special was being filmed in the incredibly beautiful Grand 1894 Opera House, rich in history and one of the last buildings that survived the storms during the 1900s. The Grand is one of the few remaining theaters of its era in Texas and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It was such an honor to be able to perform on that stage!

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Ok, so if you’ve never been a part of a huge presentation, concert, or performance, then you only really see the end result of a labor of love. But, for real, there is a lot that goes into a performance and especially a PBS broadcast, that even I had no idea about. We got into Galveston around 4pm and we didn’t leave the sound check until about 8 or 9pm. Seems like we got a lot accomplished, right?! Wrong! We only played through 4 or 5 songs in preparation for the performance the next day, and instead of rehearsing more (which is what I thought would be happening,) we ended up sitting and waiting and moving way more. The lights, the angels for the cameras, the backdrops, the staging for the tenors… I could go on and on… all of this was happening on that same day, the day before we were to perform!!!! But we’re professionals right?!! Sure, we can handle it! I knew that we were in for a LONG DAY of rehearsing, recording and performing the following day, since we didn’t even graze the agenda for the day. All in all, the experience was fun and the Texas Tenors were really nice, poised, talented and professional during sound check, occasionally coming over to chat with us, see how we were doing, and just goof around. They are all incredible musicians/ vocalists and they aren’t too hard on the eyes either. Well our day had come to a close in the opera house and it was finally time to explore the town.

Galveston downtown, here we come!!!

Since Galveston is such a tourist area, a lot of the restaurants and places were still open by the time we got out of sound check, which is pretty amazing to me, since i’m used to everything closing around 9 or 10 in Springfield. We walked around Galveston enjoying the beautiful weather, palm trees, and the gorgeous sunset over the boat docks, and we may have stopped for a photo op. 🙂 There were a lot of cool places to eat in the downtown Galveston area, so our groups ended up splitting up based on where they wanted to eat. Loving the outdoors so much, I wanted to eat at a place with a balcony or an outdoor eating area. We found a great little place to eat at and, when you’re so close to the ocean, you have to eat some sea food, It is a must! The only bad thing about sitting outside, near the ocean, during the summer, is the mosquitoes… so if you are planning a trip and you want to eat dinner outside like us, plan ahead and make sure you spray yourself down.

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After our lovely evening in downtown Galveston, we got back on the bus to finally head to our hotels. Okay, so what i didn’t mention before, was that this was an all paid trip other than food, so the Texas Tenors were paying for us to travel to Galveston, perform, and for our hotel. Knowing this, I was anticipating a nice hotel for the evening and instead we arrived at a little motel outside of the city limits. This place was scary looking… it was really dark by the time we arrived and the lights outside flickered a ton as we walked to our rooms.. yep, it was right out of a horror movie. Okay, okay.. it wasn’t that bad! But it was a little sketch! The nice thing about it was that the orchestra and the choir members were pretty much the only people at this motel, so I felt a little better knowing that. The morning came really fast as we had to grab a quick breakfast and head to the Opera House. Once we arrived, we got on stage and did a little run through of a couple songs, for the sound engineer and lighting crew. We were then told to go upstairs and change into our wardrobe for the performance and then come downstairs for the actual run-through. The run-through went for a couple hours and then it was time for lunch. we would have about 1 1/2 hours to eat and get ready before the 2 performances.

Not knowing for sure if we would have enough time to get ready at the opera house, I made sure to do my hair and make up in the motel. So glad I did, because although we had a little more time than expected to get ready, before the performances and recordings, there were not enough mirrors for all the women trying to get ready.

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The time had finally come and it was performance time! The opera house was filling up quickly with lots of audience members and I was getting more and more excited about performing all the amazing songs. While, I have seen a lot of PBS broadcasts and know that the audience is almost always featured at least a little bit, I never knew how much they were talked to before filming. Ok, so i’m going to let you in on a couple secrets! The audience members are moved around to make the room look like it is all the way full (it was pretty close to being full), which is also done in a lot music videos, and people are switched around based on what they are wearing and what will look better. ( I know, kind of cheesy) Then the producer comes out and talks with the audience and informs them that they will be active participants in the filming… they will clap, smile, laugh.. they have to look like they are enjoying themselves. Well, duh! But i can tell you… The Texas Tenors did not disappoint… everyone loved them! The other really strange thing about filming vs real live concerts, is that you can re-do certain songs and things if they need re-done. When you’re performing a live concert and mistakes happen, o well, they happened and you can’t go back and fix it. We ended up re-doing a couple pieces at the end of each filming and now I can not wait to see the entire thing put together!

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(Carla and Me)

Along with us traveling to Galveston and performing for the broadcast, the Texas Tenors came and performed in Springfield on May 13th at the Gilloz Theatre. This was a benefit concert for the Springfield Youth Symphony and it was a great end to the performing cycle!

In case you’d be interested in watching, here is the line up for the PBS stations. Till next time!!!

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PBS Airings by Date

PBS Airings by Date

TIMES SUBJECT TO CHANGE PLEASE CHECK YOUR LOCAL LISTINGS.

08/03/2017
Texas
KEDT – 3:00am

08/05/2017
California
KVPT – 8:00pm
KQED – 2:30pm
KQEH – 2:30pm
KQET – 2:30pm
Kansas
KDCK – 8:00pm
KWKS – 8:00pm
KOOD – 8:00pm
KSWK – 8:00pm
Michigan
WNMU – 9:30pm
Missouri
KCPT – 9:30pm
KOZJ – 6:00pm
KOZK – 6:00pm
Nebraska
KTNE – 10:00pm
KMNE – 10:00pm
KHNE – 10:00pm
KLNE – 10:00pm
KUON – 10:00pm
KRNE – 10:00pm
KXNE – 10:00pm
KPNE – 10:00pm
KYNE – 10:00pm
New Mexico
KRWG – 10:30pm
KENW – 7:00pm
Ohio
WPTD – 5:30pm
WPTO – 5:30pm
WPTD – 7:00pm
WPTO – 7:00pm
Oklahoma
KWET – 7:30pm
KOET – 7:30pm
KETA – 7:30pm
KOED – 7:30pm

08/06/2017
Alabama
WBIQ – 9:30pm
WIIQ – 9:30pm
WDIQ – 9:30pm
WFIQ – 9:30pm
WHIQ – 9:30pm
WGIQ – 9:30pm
WEIQ – 9:30pm
WAIQ – 9:30pm
WCIQ – 9:30pm
California
KVPT – 3:30pm
Florida
WGCU – 8:30pm
WJCT – 5:00pm
Indiana
WTIU – 7:30pm
WFYI – 8:00pm
Kansas
KTWU – 10:30pm
Louisiana
WYES – 9:00pm
Missouri
KMOS – 7:00pm
New Mexico
KENW – 6:30pm
Ohio
WEAO – 5:00pm
WCET – 2:30pm
WCET – 6:30pm
WNEO – 5:00pm
South Dakota
KDSD – 7:30pm
KESD – 7:30pm
KPSD – 7:30pm
KQSD – 7:30pm
KZSD – 7:30pm
KTSD – 7:30pm
KBHE – 7:30pm
KCSD – 7:30pm
KUSD – 7:30pm
Tennessee
WLJT – 6:30pm
WKNO – 9:00pm
Texas
KEDT – 7:00pm
KTTZ – 7:00pm
Virginia
WHTJ – 9:30pm
WCVE – 9:30pm
WCVW – 9:30pm
WMSY – 3:30pm
WSBN – 3:30pm
WBRA – 3:30pm

08/07/2017
Florida
WFSG – 8:30pm
WFSU – 8:30pm
Illinois
WQPT – 7:00pm
Indiana
WNIN – 7:30pm
WFYI – 2:00am
WFYI – 8:00pm
WVUT – 7:00pm
Louisiana
KLPA – 7:00pm
WLPB – 7:00pm
KLTM – 7:00pm
KLPB – 7:00pm
KLTL – 7:00pm
KLTS – 7:00pm
Missouri
KCPT – 4:00pm
Nebraska
KTNE – 8:30pm
KMNE – 8:30pm
KHNE – 8:30pm
KLNE – 8:30pm
KUON – 8:30pm
KRNE – 8:30pm
KXNE – 8:30pm
KPNE – 8:30pm
KYNE – 8:30pm
Texas
KUHT – 7:00pm

08/08/2017
Indiana
WYIN – 10:30pm
Kansas
KPTS – 8:30pm
Minnesota
KWCM – 7:00pm
KSMN – 7:00pm
New York
WCNY – 9:00pm
Tennessee
WNPT – 8:30pm
Texas
KNCT – 7:00pm
KCOS – 12:00am
KCOS – 7:00pm
Virginia
WMSY – 7:30pm
WSVBN – 7:30pm
WBRA – 7:30pm
West Virginia
WSWP – 8:00pm
WPBY – 8:00pm
WNPB – 8:00pm

08/09/2017
California
KRCB – 7:00pm
Florida
WGCU – 10:30pm
Indiana
WFYI – 10:00pm
WIPB – 8:00pm
Michigan
WCML – 8:00pm
WCMV – 8:00pm
WCMZ – 8:00pm
WCMW – 8:00pm
WCMU – 8:00pm
Missouri
KCPT – 11:00pm
KMOS – 7:00pm
Nebraska
KTNE – 5:00pm
KMNE – 5:00pm
KHNE – 5:00pm
KLNE – 5:00pm
KUON – 5:00pm
KRNE – 5:00pm
KXNE – 5:00pm
KPNE – 5:00pm
KYNE – 5:00pm
New York
WCNY – 2:00PM
Ohio
WOUB – 11:30pm
WOUC – 11:30pm
WVIZ – 8:00pm
WPTD – 8:00pm
WPTO – 8:00pm

08/10/2017
Arizona
KAET – 7:00pm
Colorado
KRMA – 8:30pm
KRMU – 8:30pm
KRMJ – 8:30pm
KTSC – 8:30pm
KRMZ – 8:30pm
Indiana
WFWA – 8:00pm
WYIN – 8:30pm
WFYI – 10:00pm
Kansas
KPTS – 9:00pm
Michigan
WNMU – 1:00pm
Nebraska
KTNE – 1:00am
KMNE – 1:00am
KHNE – 1:00am
KLNE – 1:00am
KUON – 1:00am
KRNE – 1:00am
KXNE – 1:00am
KPNE – 1:00am
KYNE – 1:00am
KTNE – 10:00pm
KMNE – 10:00pm
KHNE – 10:00pm
KLNE – 10:00pm
KUON – 10:00pm
KRNE – 10:00pm
KXNE – 10:00pm
KPNE – 10:00pm
KYNE – 10:00pm
Ohio
WOUB – 3:00am
WOUC – 3:00am
Tennessee
WNPT – 8:30pm
Virginia
WMSY – 3:30pm
WSBN – 3:30pm
WBRA – 3:30pm

08/11/2017
Nebraska
KTNE – 12:00pm
KMNE – 1200pm
KHNE – 12:00pm
KLNE – 12:00pm
KUON – 12:00pm
KRNE – 12:00pm
KXNE – 12:00pm
KPNE – 12:00pm
KYNE – 12:00pm
New York
WCFE – 9:00pm
North Carolina
WTVI – 7:00pm
Tennessee
WNPT – 1:30pm
Texas
KEDT – 10:30pm
KERA – 7:30pm
KTTZ – 8:30pm
KPBT – 9:30pm
Virginia
WVPT – 9:00pm

08/12/2017
Alabama
WBIQ – 10:00pm
WIIQ – 10:00pm
WDIQ – 10:00pm
WFIQ – 10:00pm
WHIQ – 10:00pm
WGIQ – 10:00pm
WEIQ – 10:00pm
WAIQ – 10:00pm
WCIQ – 10:00pm
Arizona
KETG – 4:30pm
KETZ – 4:30pm
KAFT – 4:30pm
KTEJ – 4:30pm
KETS – 4:30pm
KEMV – 4:30pm
Illinois
WSIU – 2:30pm
WUSI – 2:30pm
Indiana
WFYI – 2:30pm
WFYI – 10:00pm
Maryland
WMPT – 1:30pm
WMPB – 1:30pm
WFPT – 1:30pm
WWPB – 1:30pm
WGPT – 1:30pm
WCPB – 1:30pm
Nebraska
KTNE – 3:30pm
KMNE – 3:30pm
KHNE – 3:30pm
KLNE – 3:30pm
KUON – 3:30pm
KRNE – 3:30pm
KXNE – 3:30pm
KPNE – 3:30pm
KYNE – 3:30pm
KTNE – 7:30pm
KMNE – 7:30pm
KHNE – 7:30pm
KLNE – 7:30pm
KUON – 7:30pm
KRNE – 7:30pm
KXNE – 7:30pm
KPNE – 7:30pm
KYNE – 7:30pm
New Mexico
KENW – 7:00pm
North Carolina
WUNF – 5:00pm
WUNW – 5:00pm
WUNC – 5:00pm
WUNG – 5:00pm
WUND – 5:00pm
WUNK – 5:00pm
WUNM – 5:00pm
WUNE – 5:00pm
WUNU – 5:00pm
WUNP – 5:00pm
WUNJ – 5:00pm
WUNL – 5:00pm
Texas
KUHT – 9:30pm
KLRN – 1:30pm
Virginia
WHRO – 10:00pm
WMSY – 7:30pm
WSBN – 7:30pm
WBRA – 7:30pm

08/13/2017
Arizona
KETG – 6:30pm
KETZ – 6:30pm
KAFT – 6:30pm
KTEJ – 6:30pm
KETS – 6:30pm
KEMV – 6:30pm
Illinois
WSIU – 10:00pm
WUSI – 10:00pm
Kansas
KPTS – 5:30pm
KDCK – 7:00pm
KWKS – 7:00pm
KOOD – 7:00pm
KSWK – 7:00pm
Louisiana
KLPA – 8:00pm
WLPB – 8:00pm
KLTM – 8:00pm
KLPB – 8:00pm
KLTL – 8:00pm
KLTS – 8:00pm
Minnesota
KCGE – 7:00pm
New Mexico
KENW – 6:30pm
New York
WCNY – 9:10pm
North Dakota
KBME – 7:00pm
KMDE – 7:00pm
KDSE – 7:00pm
KJRE – 7:00pm
KFME – 7:00pm
KGFE – 7:00pm
KSRE – 7:00pm
KWSE – 7:00pm
Texas
KCOS – 3:00pm
KLRN – 1:30pm
Virginia
WMSY – 3:30pm
WSBN – 3:30pm
WBRA – 3:30pm
West Virginia
WSWP – 8:00pm
WPBY – 8:00pm
WNPB – 8:00pm

08/14/2017
Florida
WGCU – 1:00pm
Indiana
WNIT – 8:00pm
Kansas
KPTS – 8:30pm
Minnesota
WDSE – 8:30pm
WRPT – 8:30pm
Virginia
WVPT – 4:00pm

08/15/2017
Florida
WGCU – 9:30pm
Missouri
KETC – 11:30pm
New York
WCNY – 1:00pm
Tennessee
WTCI – 11:30pm
WCTE – 11:30pm

08/16/2017
Tennessee
WNPT – 12:30am

08/17/2017
Michigan
WDCQ – 5:30pm
WGVU – 8:30pm
WGVK – 8:30pm
New Mexico
KNME – 9:00pm
KNMD – 9:00pm
Ohio
WEAO – 8:00pm
WGTE – 10:30pm
WNEO – 8:00pm

08/18/2017
WGTE – 4:00pm

08/19/2017
Arizona
KUAT – 2:30pm
KUAS – 2:30 pm
Florida
WJCT – 10:30pm
Indiana
WNIT – 6:30pm
Tennessee
WTCI – 11:00pm
WCTE – 11:00pm
Texas
KCOS – 12:00am
KCOS – 12:00pm

08/20/2017
Indiana
WNIT – 10:30pm
New Hampshire
WENH – 12:30am
WEKW – 12:30am
WLED – 12:30am
Ohio
WEAO – 2:30am
WNEO – 2:30am
Texas
KLRU – 3:00pm

08/27/2017
California
KVCR – 7:30pm

08/28/2018
California
KVCR – 3:30am

08/30/2018
California
KVCR – 7:00pm

2 thoughts on “Galveston Adventure- Behind the Scenes of the PBS special!”

  1. How exciting!! I wish I could have seen it! Will it be available somewhere online maybe? Would be so cool to watch!

    Love you blog! Keep up the good work!!

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    1. Thanks girl! It was so fun and I would love for you to see it… thanks for being interested! I believe it is supposed to be on Netflix sometime soon! Hopefully you could watch through that! ❤️❤️❤️ it was a really cool and crazy feeling watching it and thinking this is on TV not just a recording… hehe😂😂😂. I really appreciate you commenting and thanks for the encouragement for my blog!

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