I just wanted to put out a few summer updates: A lot of my summers have been a time for respite and a mental break from the craziness of the school year. I usually work, but not too much, and practice when I can — but I mostly spend time doing things I never have time to do during the fall/winter/spring days. So I guess … Continue reading A Brief Update
I had this sugar-coated idea that second semester senior year was a time to relish those around you, soak in the memories, and brace for the next step. And I think it is a time to do that, but that doesn’t mean everyone gets to. This idea started to crumble back in January. Weighed down by the problems with my technique, I thought it best … Continue reading Endings and Beginnings
The English countryside has given me some time to really think about the grad school process so far. After a lot of tedious work on my personal statements and resume, as well as a bit of a frustrating process of dealing with my pre-screen material, grad school apps are done and I have my auditions planned out for February. My solo rep is coming together, … Continue reading Auditions and Expectations
Winning I am pretty sure that the only stories I read about competitions are from the winners. Those who are ‘so blessed,’ ‘overjoyed,’ ‘in shock,’ ’thankful for all the support to be here,’ ‘etc. etc. etc. etc.’ Those are great — and important to understanding what it is like to be on top of things and handling that — but no one gets … Continue reading The Process
hey friends, Nathan here Change — generally, it’s something I’ve welcomed — getting out of high school or starting a job; incorporating new habits, new friends, and new classes; passing through big place markers such as a junior recital, turning twenty one, being a leader, or getting a raise at work. I had wrapped change up in this blanket of goodness and happiness. For musicians, … Continue reading Change: Part I
Hey everyone, Joel here. So now that that music camp is done, I’ve spent a lovely week with my girlfriend in Maine, and I’m back home in Michigan with time to think about the future, it’s starting to sink in: much like my friend Nathan, I have no idea where I’m going….and that’s okay. College so far has been a journey of discovery, whether that … Continue reading It’s me: the other guy writing this blog
Hey friends, Nathan here 🙂 Writing a blog is something I’ve always been intimated by — but it’s also something that has always scratched my interest. I’m no trained writer, but I do have my own loud, slang-filled voice to write through. So here it is, a blog. Wow. Why start one in the middle of the summer? LET ME TELL YOU. Over the entire … Continue reading A Quick Intro to Some Scary Music Things and Why We are Writing When We aren’t English Majors.