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Nashville After 3 Months in Chicago: Here’s What Happened

A few weeks ago, I was thrilled to learn that my latest piece “Internal Combustion” was going to premiere in Nashville with the Nashville Composer Collective.  Not only did this mean a performance (something we composers are always looking for), but it was also an excuse to go back to my old stomping ground for … Continue reading Nashville After 3 Months in Chicago: Here’s What Happened

4 Life Lessons I’ve Learned from My First 7 Days in Chicago

As the flat, corn-lined highway stretched in front of me for as far as I could see, months of anticipation and preparation shifted into reality.  After uprooting myself from my beloved Music City eight months ago, I was now trading my Virginia Appalachians for Chicago skyscrapers. I’d visited the city for just a few hours … Continue reading 4 Life Lessons I’ve Learned from My First 7 Days in Chicago

What Happened When I Spent 2 Weeks at a Composers’ Retreat…

Two weeks ago, a wave of apprehension came over me as I packed my bags to head to the Composers’ Retreat of the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival.  I shouldn’t have been nervous, because I’d had a great experience when I participated in the same program three years ago.  But this time, I felt like everything … Continue reading What Happened When I Spent 2 Weeks at a Composers’ Retreat…

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