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Old 01-12-2009, 02:43 PM
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I posted this on the Miami forum as well...I am trying to decide which place offers more opportunities for my career/family. I have a doctoral degree and love academia, my husband is going to begin his residency in medicine. so we are both at the beginning of our professional lives and would be in whatever city we decide to go to for at least 4 to 5 years. One of my kids is going to begin high school next year. Any advice? Also, we both are both fluent in Spanish and love urban life (walkable places...) My husband is going into radiology...

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Old 01-13-2009, 01:00 AM
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Obviously, Houston has a plethora of excellent medical schools and facilities so as long as your DH gets into a residency program in Houston, he'd probably have an excellent experience. As for opportunities for a professional classical pianist - now that's tougher (speaking as someone with a degree in music/piano performance). Are you a concert soloist? Chamber musician? Unless you're an orchestra/concert soloist, you're probably going to be looking at teaching and/or chamber music or accompanying gigs. Rice University's Shepherd School of Music might be the perfect place for you if there are any openings. A call to the orchestra personnel manager at the Houston Symphony might also be a good place to start. Unfortunately, you're not going to find a whole lot of work for a professional classical pianist in either Miami or Houston - at least not like you would in NYC or Chicago, for example. Even with the Houston Symphony, there just isn't that much orchestral repertoire (as you know) that calls for orch piano so you'd likely just be called on when a piece has been written for 2 orch pianos. A lot of my former colleagues formed chamber groups to supplement their teaching incomes (not sure if teaching interests you). Good luck with your decision!
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Old 01-13-2009, 09:48 AM
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thanks sampaguita. yes, I teach and also do a lot of accompanying. Unfortunately, the schedule for teaching is terrible since I begin when my older daughter gets home and don't make it back home until late in the evening. That is why I would like to teach at college level even as adjunct faculty. I would teach privately from home anywhere at least until I find a job. It is just not as rewarding since I love the interaction with other musicians on a daily basis...
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Old 01-13-2009, 04:52 PM
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if you have beaucoup $$$$ then Miami, or Miami Beach is the option. You will have to use spanish a LOT. There is a lot of outdoors activities. Key West is not too far, and real estate has dropped a lot.

Houston is more affordable. less crime to a certain extend. A lot of restaurants.
Downtown has seen a drastic improvement in the last 5 years.
Good luck.
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