What a year 2018 has been! I’m just now catching my breath over a blustery November weekend, after weeks of hard work, writing, and of course, lots of music-making.
2018 saw me dramatically expand my career as a traveling clinician: Alfred Music has had me out on the road a lot in the past year! I conducted reading sessions at the Oklahoma Music Educator’s Association conference in January of this year, and then traveled to the Show Choir Camps of America’s summer program at Heidelberg College in Tiffin, OH. I was also lucky to join the adjudication staff at the 2018 King’s Dominion Festival of Music, and will be returning again in 2019.
Next month, I’ll be traveling to the NYSSMA Winter Conference to give reading sessions, and then to Georgia’s Music Education Association Conference in Athens, GA in January 2019, and to the ACDA National conference in Kansas City, MO in February 2019.
On a more local level, I’ll also be a guest composer during a composition unit in general music at Northeast Elementary here in Ithaca, NY, where my daughter attends school. It’s exciting to be able to work alongside Karla Notarianni, Northeast’s terrific general music teacher!
The Ithaca Children and Youth Chorus had a banner year, also: we commissioned a new work, Kaddish, from IC student composer Ian Soderberg for Temple Beth-El’s Holocaust Memorial Service in April. Then, in June 2018, members of the ICYC Chorale participated in the regional premiere of composer Hugh McElyea’s oratorio, Tenebrae, at Sage Chapel on Cornell University campus. The entire production can be viewed by clicking here. We capped off our 2017-2018 season with a performance at the Ithaca Festival.
This fall, ICYC is back at it again: several of our students performed with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra for their “Movies and Music” concert at the State Theater. Later this month, Chorale is the musical guest at the Area Congregations Together (ACT) Thanksgiving Service. We are lucky to be able to bring our music to so many in the community.
The biggest surprise of all in 2018: I wrote a book, to be published by Lorenz next spring! In August of this year, I was approached by one of the editors at Lorenz to write a book for music educators. 3 months later, I have a finished manuscript, and I can’t wait to share the book with you! We’re still working on a title, but I’ll keep you posted as it goes to print. I also have another book in the works for 2019, with a different music educational publisher. More on that soon!
I hope to be a little more communicative as 2019 approaches. It’s been a wonderful whirlwind of a year.