Bruce Momjian


December 27, 2009
We completed our last performances of A Christmas Carol at Hedgerow Theatre, and helped dismantle the set to ready the stage for the next show.
December 21, 2009
Christine and Matthew answered phones during the Greater Philadelphia Salvation Army telethon (video).
December 2, 2009
My family and I did our first of thirty-two performances of A Christmas Carol at Hedgerow Theatre.
November 26, 2009
I just ended a 42-day period where I was away from home for all but eight days, either at conferences or family vacations; I visited seven cities on three continents. My schedule is empty for the next few months so I will re-adjust to life at home.
November 8, 2009
I returned from a family vacation that included a seven-day cruise of the Western Caribbean. Before the cruise we visited SeaWorld and The Holy Land Experience in Orlando, Florida.
October 15, 2009
My cousin Mark Momjian has been in the news lately because he is representing Kate Gosselin, costar of Jon and Kate Plus Eight, in her divorce. Mark even appeared on Larry King Live (time index 20:04 – 24:35).
October 15, 2009
Matthew passed his on-road driving test so he now has a permanent license which allows him to drive without a licensed driver in the passenger seat.
September 26, 2009
Christine, Matthew, Luke, and I attended a lecture by Armenian retired Associated Press photographer Harry Koundakjian at a local Armenian church.
September 19, 2009
We attended a local rodeo.
September 15, 2009
We just returned from an 800-mile, eleven-day family vacation to the Southwest. We visited Sedona, the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Zion National Park, and Las Vegas. We hiked; did rock climbing, rapelling, and canyoneering; kayaked, piloted a power boat, saw a Cirque du Soleil performance, took a sightseeing train ride, and visited the Hoover Dam.
August 29, 2009
Everyone but Christine went candlepin bowling in Massachusetts.
Star Trek
August 25, 2009
We visited the Star Trek exhibit at the Franklin Institute.
August 12, 2009
Matthew, Luke, Pater and I attended a Wilmington Blue Rocks baseball game with a group from our church. The Blue Rocks won both games.
August 8, 2009
Today was the annual Delware County 4-H fair. Matthew was judged for lamb showmanship and his lamb came in third in its class and was auctioned at a very high price. Christine helped at the book sale tent.
August 6, 2009
Matthew went pistol shooting with my brother Chris in Philadelphia.
August 4, 2009
I had an interesting meal at Weber's Root Beer Drive-In in New Jersey. You can see from the user reviews that other patrons were impressed too.
July 21, 2009
I received an award at a conference I attended.
July 16, 2009
Matthew is attending Worldview Academy this week in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; he returns home tomorrow.
July 3, 2009
Christine and I celebrated our twentieth wedding anniversary with a backyard party for 108 guests with a catered shish-kebab dinner and the Heliotrope Wind Quintet.
June 25, 2009
Luke tied for fourth in the marbles competition; Catherine finished twelfth. At night we rode the Wildwood amusement rides with the marble team (admission is free for marble competitors).
June 24, 2009
Luke was one of the top eight boys and will compete in the semi-finals tomorrow.
June 23, 2009
Today I taught my first class as adjunct professor at Drexel University (details). I am teaching one course this summer in addition to my regular job at EnterpriseDB.
June 23, 2009
Christine, Luke, and Catherine were quoted in a newspaper article about the National Marbles Tournament. They took a nice picture of Luke (photo by Dale Gerhard of the The Press of Atlantic City).
Update: There is also a video featuring Catherine at the end.
June 22, 2009
I accompanied Matthew today on his 4-H chores at the Garrett-Williamson Farm, which is less than a mile from our house. He takes care of market lambs (image). You cannot imagine the cacophony of bleating we heard when we entered the barn --- they knew we were coming to feed them. Luke is raising laying hens and we get over a dozen fresh eggs every week. Peter is raising roaster chickens.
June 21, 2009
Christine took Luke and Catherine to Wildwood, New Jersey to compete in the National Marbles Tournament; they return on Thursday night.
June 19, 2009
We inaugurated our new background swing set today. We chose a model that would allow all four children to swing simultaneously (image), and one high enough to be used by adults. The horizontal ladder was also a much-requested feature. It took 1,300 pounds of concrete to anchor; Matthew and Luke did some of the concrete work.
June 10, 2009
Christine went to California with Wilma and all the children except Luke to attend Hilda Nuyujukian's graduation from Fullerton High School; they return on Wednesday evening, June 17.
Dance Performance
June 5, 2009
Catherine had her year-end dance performance at the Church of the Good Samaritan.
June 5, 2009
Matthew now has his own blog.
June 3, 2009
Christine and I celebrated our twentieth wedding anniversary today.
May 29, 2009
We had the TEACH homeschool co-op closing program tonight at Bethany; Luke graduated from 8th grade and will no longer be part of TEACH. Christine is a TEACH co-leader.
May 18, 2009
We had an early family birthday party for Peter, and he got the Wii game Guitar Hero World Tour. We chose the game because of its superior band equipment and more popular music selection compared to Rock Band. My children perform as a full band, with Luke on drums, Catherine on vocals, and Matthew and Peter on guitars.
May 7, 2009
Most of the family attended Curtis Institute's performance of Rossini's Il viaggio a Reims at the Prince Music Theater. It was good to see the singers from previous operas in new roles; it was hard identifying some of them because of wigs and makeup.
May 2, 2009
Matthew and Christine are in Dallas so Matthew's robotics team can compete in the 2009 VEX Robotics Competition World Championship. Update: They have returned, and came in 60th out of 140 teams. (article, video)
April 26, 2009
My family attended a concert by David Kim at Proclamation Church. There was record attendance (750) and people were sitting in the choir because all other seats were filled. I wrote a blog entry about David Kim a week ago.
April 25, 2009
Christine and I attended Hedgerow Theatre's 86th anniversary banquet (image) at D'Ignazio Towne House.
April 19, 2009
My family attended Proclamation Presbyterian Church and heard guest preacher Herb Lusk give a powerful message. Pastor Lusk was known as "The Praying Tailback" (video, article), before becoming pastor of Greater Exodus Baptist Church. He is also known for his work in ministering to Africa and for heading several Philadelphia ministries
Update:The sermon is now online.
April 18, 2009
Christine and I saw a Johnny Cash tribute band, with Terry Lee Goffee as Johnny Cash. He was amazing, as you can see from his videos.
April 13, 2009
I have collected images from my children's last two operas. I have two photos from Impressions of Pelléas (image1, image2) and several from Wozzeck (image1, image2, image3, image4, image5, image6).
March 28, 2009
Luke and Catherine participated in the Upper Darby Marbles Tournament. Luke and Catherine came in second and will compete in the National Marbles Tournament in June.
March 24, 2009
We attended a performace of Behold The Lamb at the Sight & Sound Theatre near Lancaster; we also played minature golf.
March 20, 2009
Christine, Catherine, and I attended a Pennsylvania Ballet performance of Cinderella at the Academy of Music; we had great seats. Between opera, theatre, and ballet, it seems this is my season for performing arts.
March 19, 2009
We all attended George Bernard Shaw's Arms and the Man at Hedgerow Theatre.
March 18, 2009
The last performance of the opera Wozzeck is over. The opera was very emotional and the children performed well. I attended every performance and the applause was prolonged. The review from The Bulletin, "A Worthy Portrayal Of Pathos", was positive and perceptive; their review of Peter's previous opera was also excellent.
March 13, 2009
The first performance of the opera Wozzeck is over and two newspaper reviews (review, review) have been published. Update: more reviews (review, review)
March 8, 2009
Opera practices for Wozzeck are now at the Kimmel Center in preparation for the first performance on Friday.
Science Fair
March 4, 2009
Matthew won first place for 11th grade physics at the Delaware County Science Fair and will continue on to the Delaware Valley Science Fair. Luke received honorable mention for middle school biochemistry.
February 28, 2009
Matthew's robotics team won Robot Skills, Tournament Finalist, and Build awards at a robotics competition and will advance to the VEX Robotics World Championship in Dallas in April.
February 28, 2009
The program notes for Wozzeck are now online; a more complete summary is also available. Update: more complete summary
February 22, 2009
Peter's brief visit with Plácido Domingo last Sunday was reported in the newspaper today:

On his way out, [Placido] Domingo gave an autograph to Peter Momjian, a 10-year-old singer still in makeup from his performance at the Curtis Opera Theatre.

February 20, 2009
Peter has started rehearsal on his next opera with Curtis, Wozzeck. Luke and Catherine were also cast. Performances are March 13, 15, and 18 at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.
February 17, 2009
Everyone but me is performing Once Upon a River for two weeks at Hedgerow Theatre for school students. They just completed two weeks of practice.
February 15, 2009
Peter finished his last performance of Impressions of Pelléas. After the opera we dined at The Prime Rib, where we met Plácido Domingo.
Science Fair
February 14, 2009
All four children entered the Greater Philadelphia Homeschool Science Fair. Catherine won first place and outstanding project in her grade, Peter won first place, Luke and Matthew won second and third place honors.
February 12, 2009
Peter has received a positive review from the Philadelphia Bulletin for his Tuesday opera performance.
February 11, 2009
I took Catherine to see a ballet downtown.
February 8, 2009
Peter had his first dress rehearsal for the opera Impressions of Pelléas. The program notes are now online.
January 31, 2009
Luke's and Peter's team won first place for quality robot design in the regional First State FIRST Lego League competition.
January 23, 2009
Peter has his first practice for the opera Impressions of Pelléas (summary, summary) at the Curtis Institute of Music. Performances will be the week of February 9th.
January 17, 2009
Luke's and Peter's team won first place for creative presentation in a local robotics competition and advance to the First State FIRST Lego League competition in Delaware on January 31.
White House
January 13, 2009
My father was featured again in a newspaper article when he took some Hedgerow actors to the White House to help them prepare for an upcoming play about a White House butler.
January 6, 2009
My father is featured in a newspaper article covering his upcoming talks about White House china at Hedgerow Theatre. The article also has a few quotes from me.
January 2, 2009
We attended a one-man performance of A Christmas Carol. It was interesting to see a play I have seen performed with a full cast a hundred times done as a one-man show.