Just to give you a little idea first of whom I keep discovering…
Dr. Larsen has been a piano student of Lorene Bigelow, Cecil Berryman, Sven Lekberg, Joseph Brinkman, Rudolph Ganz, Guy Mombaerts and Walter Bricht. He was a student of Boris Goldovsky in opera stage direction, Berkshire Music Festival at Tanglewood. Independent studies were done at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. His conducting teachers include Wolfgang Vacano and Tibor Kozma.
Dr. Larsen has been an opera and song coach/accompanist in Chicago, at Tanglewood and at the Oglebay Institute of West Virginia. He was awarded the first Governor’s Award in Iowa for musical contributions to the state in 1974 and the Iowa Arts Award for outstanding contribution to the arts in 1998. He has been named to Who’s Who in America among many other honorary listings. He was the recipient, in 1988, of the Distinguished Research Award from Simpson College.
He appears widely as a conductor, pianist, stage director and adjudicator. He is the founder and artistic director of the Des Moines Metro Opera for which he has given musical and dramatic direction to one hundred productions in thirty-two years. He is the editor of anthologies of opera arias for all voices which are published by G.Schirmer, including new ones for coloratura soprano in 2002 and a second volume for soprano in 2004, and is heard frequently as a pianist in recordings for the G. Schirmer library. Besides the numerous recitals he plays for faculty, visiting artists, and students at Simpson, Dr. Larsen has also included accompanying for the internationally known bass-baritone Simon Estes in Midwest appearances. In the last few years he has done adjudication and master classes at Louisiana State University, Temple University, Baylor University, the University of Memphis, the University of Oklahoma, the University of Texas at Austin and the Eastman School of Music.
Dr. Larsen served as Chairman of the Department of Music from 1965 to Spring, 1999. He is a teacher of piano, music history, conducting, and advanced seminars at the college and also directs the Madrigal Singers and the opera program. He has been a coach, teacher and mentor for generations of students who now perform and work in the arts internationally.
I studied Music at Simpson College. Dr. Larsen is one of a kind, he’s the teacher you love to hate, but you love him while you’re hating him. LOL
Fortunately, none of these ladies make me hate them, I just love them! :P
First I discovered Mandy Aftel’s book. http://www.aftelier.com/ Along with the correspondence workbook and kit of smells.
Then I sent my perfumes to The Scented Djinn. http://thescenteddjinn.blogspot.com/
Then on Facebook last week, I was looking at my news feed, I noticed that Monica Skye Miller, http://www.skyebotanicals.com/ was looking for perfumes you made that you’re embarassed to put your name next to. So I offered the one, I have affectionately named, “The Lamb Barn.” Every time I smell it, I am instantly transported to my parents farm and I become about 10 again, and playing with the little lambies! It’s not a bad memory, it’s just I don’t want to walk around thinking I’ve got lambies following me all day!
Ms. Miller was kind enough to let me know that she does regular reviews as well. It was then that I realized exactly Which Monica Skye Miller she was. One of the Sr. Editors at http://www.cafleurebon.com/ Kind of like when I realized exactly Which Justine Crane I was emailing! http://www.naturalperfumeacademy.com/
So I sent off the sample of Lamb Barn, and also Melange.
I crossed my fingers.
After a couple of days went by, I got an email from Monica saying: “Love The Melange!” Whew! Huge sigh of relief on my part, and then excitement :)
The Universe keeps pushing me in the direction of people that mentor, review, and teach in this field! What an awesome thing :) It feels like I’m going to make this happen, happen really well too! That is cool.
Have a Joy Filled Day!