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 a few days.
However, my excitement was soon outweighed by apprehension. Would spending time in Nashville and remembering the life I once had make me regret the whole decision to move to Chicago? Or would Nashville just seem like a boring, quant town after three months of life in the big city?
Seven months ago, the hardest and best chapter of my life so far came to a close: I graduated from Belmont University with a BM in Composition and a BS in Audio Engineering Technology. Even now, it’s still hard to believe it’s done!
I must confess I felt equal amounts of relief and panic the day I walked across the stage: relief, because four and-a-half years of blood, sweat, and tears were finished; and panic, because I realized I had two degrees but no firm plan for what would follow.
Since I last wrote, I’ve received some big news: I won the Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra’s Composition Competition with my new work, “Out of Ashes.” The premiere is one week from today, and to say I’m thrilled and excited and honored doesn’t even begin to express how I feel about this!
The premiere will take place at 7:30 PM on May 3rd, at Brentwood United Methodist Church in Brentwood, TN. Also, there will be a second performance on May 10th at 7:30 PM at the Gordon Jewish Community Center. All of you are invited, and admission is free.
I know, I know—I haven’t posted in two months. So maybe you’ve been wondering where I’ve been. Or maybe you didn’t notice. The truth is, I’ve been a lot of places, so I’ll tell you about some of them…
For the most part, I’ve been… At school, in the practice rooms.
Three hours a-day, seven days a week (in theory, anyway). Music school is extremely demanding and exhausting, but in all of that time at the piano, I’ve come up with some amazing pieces that I’m looking forward to sharing on the next album. I’m going to dare to say that my second album will be better than the first. (I’ll tell you more about this album in next week’s post.) Continue reading “Where I’ve Been”→
I realize I haven’t written in awhile, but this last month has been an incredible month of first times…
1) The first time I performed one of my own compositions in a concert hall.
I performed my piano piece “Equinox” in the McAfee Concert Hall as part of the Student Composers Recital. As far as I know, I was the only freshman composer who participated. It was wonderful to hear the sound of my piece performed in such a wonderful venue. And it was such an thrill to be featured among so many other talented artists at this school! Continue reading “A Month of Firsts”→
Have you ever noticed that the word “composition” has “position” in it? It may be a coincidence, but recently, I found out that position is more than a part of the word—it’s a part of the process that can make all the difference.
Over the last few months, I’ve been having a dry spell in my composing. Even though I probably composed my usual amount of music last semester, I was beginning to get to a point where composing was just another thing on my homework to-do list. There was no enjoyment—just dread. It all came to a head last week, when I realized how miserable I was when I composed, and I started to wonder if I had lost the abilities and passion I’d had for composition before my album release.
These past three months in Nashville have been a whirlwind of a semester. While this semester started off rough, I’ve finished it having done things I never dreamed I’d be doing so soon. But it was a tough start…
When I went home for fall break in October, friends would ask me, “How is your first semester of college so far?”
It’s amazing how much can change in a few weeks’ time… I’ve moved to Nashville and started college.
Up to this point, my posts had running through them the consistent theme of being a teenager and trying to figure out how to make good recordings and compositions on my own—and often getting in over my head with my undertakings. However, now I have the ability to learn from some of the best of the best; I’m not on my own anymore. But I don’t know what that will mean for this blog. For that matter, I’m still figuring out what that means for me. Continue reading “The Next Step”→
It’s great to be back! So much has happened this month. I’m in shock right now.
Firstly, those crazy music school auditions are over. They went well, as far as I can tell, but I still don’t know for sure if I got in. We’ll see in a couple more weeks, I hope.
But that brings me to my main piece of news–I didn’t audition as any kind of composition major like I had thought I would. I’ve changed my mind again, and now I’m a music minor majoring in Audio Engineering.
I know–It’s been awhile since the last post. But I was away on “Pseudo Tour” for over a month this summer. I’ve literally gone from coast to coast and to the North and to the South. I spent some time in Nashville, and then for eighteen days, I was at GRAMMY Camp–first in Los Angeles, then in New York. It couldn’t have been a better summer. I feel so blessed and so grateful to have had these opportunites.