It is interesting to note that if things are a part of routine (preparing for weekly Mass, doing search and work for new and more liturgically interesting pieces on both piano and organ, prepping choir pieces, etc), it becomes "the norm" and it does not stand as a challenge much these days. On the contrary, the additional repertoire for non-routine performances (i.e. additional vocal repertoire, new solo programs, etc) becomes something which require extra effort and hard practice to feel ready for performance quality. It is a little funny that until I became the music director (as my main work now) at St. A's, the feel was the total opposite, practicing for solo and collaborative piano repertoires was a part of routine and I felt it was more of a challenge to search and consistently incorporate the new liturgically meaningful pieces either on the piano and/or on the organ on weekly basis.
I suppose it is all relative - the more comfortable and regularly "performed" repertoire or genre of music becomes more instantaneous/ implicit per se. I have about a week more to go left to get ready for a vocal workshop. It is truly energizing experiences to extend my expertise as a musician/pianist and, though it could be a challenge at times due to time management, I hope to keep up with any genres of music I cherish.
As for teaching, "Project Ipsilon" is a spin-off project in progress using my teaching experiences as a piano teacher, which I also enjoy and cherish as a part of my career. Performing is great, yet I also believe music has a great power to nurture people, especially children as a part of their life experiences and education. Hope to be able use my tips of effective learning and music's influence in cognitive development and its optimization to contribute back to the society! It is almost like the collaborative piano performance, teaching is always a teamwork with the student to make the best out of his/her capability together. During summer, it is rather more relaxed and I am more performance oriented, yet this will be back to one of my main topics to face in fall semester.
Hope I have more than 24hrs a day to get to all those I love to do...!!!