Party a la Conservatory

The percussionists at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music in Kyiv, Ukraine, definitely know how to throw a party. This particular party was to honor the newest grads, but particularly Jamie…the Yankee!

Prior to the final recital, percussionists and friends gathered in the small practice room to prepare three tables worth of food. Sandwiches. Salads. Vegetables. All made fresh right there.
And when the tables were set for guests, and yet there was still some preparation to be done…well, only in the percussion room would you ever see THIS as a table!

The professors and visiting judge were honored at the head table. And then they themselves honored the students offering toast after toast. And then, rather abruptly it seemed to me, the professors left and the real party began! We were able to get a quick couple of pictures with Jamie and Blinov (his professor and mentor). Blinov expressed his delight that Jamie’s parents were actually at the party, and took the time to tell us personally what a great musician Jamie is. Jim was able to thank him for his care and support of Jamie throughout his five years there — all in Russian! Pretty good, eh?

Needless to say we were quite proud of Jamie. And loved being included in the festivities.

As was his beautiful wife Dasha.

These guys all work hard together, truly enjoying performing with one another, and they play just as hard. It was fun for us to see them all in such a relaxed atmosphere.

As Jim and I left, we looked back to the conservatory and took one more picture. All was dark, except for the one little room upstairs where the percussionists were celebrating the conclusion of another year.

May they use their talents to the glory of God.

(Click on the pictures to enlarge them…)



  1. northwind says:

    That’s the conservatory?! Wow. Congratulations to Jamie!

  2. Northwind: You should head this direction for a little visit and see these sites for yourself! Congratulations to you, too, on YOUR graduation!

  3. Woo hoo! That’s MY brother. 🙂 Wish I could have been there, but I’m definitely extremely proud.

  4. The guy on the first picture (Tamagochi) was SO helpful! It seemed like he felt HE was in charge of the feast – making sure everything was ready and everyone had enough food. He even sent someone for 5 more loaves of bread! (Later he had to admit to me – whispering- that there was actually too much bread) – and too much of everything actually!

    Those all are really cute pictures! It was a great day.

  5. Anna: You’d have loved it.

    Dasha: I wondered whether all of that food could possibly be eaten in one evening! Truly was a wonderful evening.

  6. You must be so proud! Congrats to your son.

    I love all the pictures! My favorite one is of you and your husband. Awwww, sooo cute!

  7. Ann: He just called today and successfully defended his thesis, so he has officially finished his master’s.

    Jamie took that picture…wasn’t sure whether to post it or not. Thanks for commenting on it!

  8. Not fair! I I I (!!!!) took that picture!!!!

  9. Dasha: SORRY! You’re right! (Nice to see that you’re paying attention to all of these comments!)

  10. What a lovely family you have Mar. Way to go! This of course includes your daughter-in-law.

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