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Aubrie Dionne: My Most Embarrassing Musical Moment

Playing the Maestro starts out with Melody’s most embarrassing musical moment, and something I’ve always feared- not having your music on the first day of rehearsal. In fact, sometimes I check to make sure I have my music two or three times before I leave the house! In Playing the Maestro, the violinist, A.K.A. Melody’s ex claims he sent her the music and she lost it. See- he has a sister who wants Melody’s principal chair. So, what do you think really happened?

My most embarrassing moment was at a musical festival in high school. I was first chair in an All New England Band, and I had this solo in the middle of a piece after a whole bunch of measures of rest. I’m not sure what happened, because I’m usually a good counter- I use my fingers just to make sure I keep track by pressing down a key of my flute per measure. And, I’d nailed the solo in rehearsal. But, this time, during the concert, the measure seemed to go by too fast, and I missed the entire solo. There was silence when the flute should have been playing.

I was mortified.

Usually the conductor has the soloists stand up at the end of a piece, but this time, he just went right on to the next piece. I’m not sure if he knew what to do about it, either. But, there was no standing ovation for me. I felt like crawling under my chair and dying. Not only that, but the second flute was good enough, she could have played it, and I bet she was wondering why she just didn’t pick up her flute and come in for me.

Music mistakes happen, let’s face it. The more you can look back and laugh at them, the better! If anything, it makes for a great story!

Playing the Maestro

Playing the Maestro Button 300 x 225Maestro Series Book One

Aubrie Dionne

  • Genre: Contemporary Romance
  • Publisher: Entangled Bliss
  • ISBN: 1622668723
  • Number of pages: 190
  • Word Count: 48k
  • Cover Artist: Jessica Cantor
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Book Description:

Melody Mires has sworn off dating musicians, but when the sexy European conductor Wolf Braun takes over her struggling symphony, her hesitation almost flies out the window with the notes of her flute—until he opens his mouth. Wolf is arrogant, haughty, and seems to have a personal vendetta against Melody. Oh, and he’s her boss. If she wants to keep her job as principal flutist, she’ll have to impress Wolf while simultaneously keeping her undeniable attraction to herself.

Wolf came to America to get as far away from his past as possible, and to recover some of the swagger he had as one of the world’s best maestros. He never imagined being forced to reassess the entire orchestra’s talent—and potentially fire anyone who doesn’t make his cut. Dating the attractive flutist is out of the question, but as their feelings reach a fever pitch, can they risk both their careers for a chance at love?

Playing the Maestro: Teasers

“Every one of the musicians she’d dated was the same as her: burned out from practicing to beat the chair ahead of him, teaching five million lessons a day to make ends meet, scrambling for gigs two hours away on the weekends, so involved in a dying art form that he didn’t even know the Bruins were an ice hockey team.”

“Why would a flute prodigy from Julliard want this little Civic Symphony seat anyway? Seems to me a girl who played the Mozart G Major concerto in front of the New York Phil at age seven could get a seat in any orchestra. Age seven. When I was seven, the only thing I was playing was pretend flute on my toothbrush.” 

Aubrie Dionne

Aubrie grew up watching the original Star Wars movies over and over until she could recite and reenact every single scene in her backyard. She also loved The Goonies, Star Trek the Next Generation–favorite character was Data by far–and Indiana Jones. But, her all time favorite movie was The Last Unicorn. She still wonders why the unicorn decided to change back to a unicorn in the end.

Aubrie wrote in her junior high yearbook that she wanted to be “a concert flutist” when she grew up. She majored in flute performance at the University of New Hampshire on a full scholarship, then secured two teaching jobs at a University and a local community music school. While playing in orchestras and teaching, stories popped into her head, and she used them to make the music come alive for her flute students. Her students said they were so good, she had to write them down! Maybe they were right, who knows? Two careers seems to keep her busy. For now.

She is represented by Dawn Dowdle and writes sweet and adventurous fantasy, science fiction, and contemporary romance.

2013-02-17 17.54.52Tour-wide Giveaway

Aubrie is generously giving away the gorgeous pin you see pictured here. To enter, please click here to go to the rafflecopter. 

Now that we’ve read Aubrie’s embarrassing moment, feel free to share your own humorous or cringe-worthy best. I won’t tell! Really. *grins*