Friday, July 27, 2012

Summer 2012

This summer has been really great so far. We began the summer with a 5-year anniversary trip to Rocky Point, Mexico. Since then I have focused on composing. Due to the fact that I got so sick during winter semester, there are several projects I am finishing up this summer, including my first orchestral piece, Shadow Etchings. I am also working on a saxophone quartet, a piece for electronics and piano (using Max/MSP and CMix) and another chamber piece for bass clarinet, cello, harp and marimba/percussion.

I've felt very blessed - as I've worked hard to make the best use out of my time, I've seen great progress. I'm confident that everything I'm working on this summer will no doubt be the best work I've done yet!

I've also recently finished a hymn, "Morning Prayer" which I will post soon.

This Sunday through Wednesday I will head up to Snowbird Resort to serve as intern for the Barlow Endowment - I got to do it last year and it was a neat feeling to see so many tens of thousands of dollars be awarded to composers. Hopefully next year I'll have a shot at some funding myself! 

Another big focus of mine has been investigating schools where I will apply for my doctorate this fall, to begin fall 2013. If anyone has any suggestions, I'm all ears! 

One of the most exciting things going on right now is that I am applying for a Fulbright grant to Russia. It has been so fun to be in touch with various Russian organizations...if I get the grant, we'll spend 9 months in Russia for the 2013-2014 school year!

Oh, and I've been working out hard and lost 16 pounds since the above picture was taken in May!

1 comment:

Qait said...

You say it all so casually!!! :D I'm so proud of you for everything you've done this summer. It's amazing! And you're working so hard!
You've inspired me so that I've worked hard, too!
I love you! :D