Thursday, December 13, 2012

First Semester Finished!

I can't believe I'm already finished with the first semester of grad school. It's been quite an adventure. I had my one written final this morning, and since then I have been working on the Midsummer Night's Dream DVDs. I should have at least a few that I can distribute at the cast party tonight (and in the spirit of Hannukah, it's a Latkes and Vodkas party!)

In a few days I get to return home to California. This was such a productive and fruitful semester. I think I've made a lot of vocal progress with Nova, and she and my coach have given me a lot of guidance on what to do next in my career. I am applying for several summer programs, which should help me network with people in the field as well as get some hands-on training with professionals who have been in my position. Now it's a matter of auditioning and finding out how to pay for them :/

Having Midsummer and opera scenes finished is a big sigh of relief from me. I had a good few days to getr all my final papers in order. I think they all came out pretty good. My mother was impressed (impressing a Literacy Specialist with my words... w00t w00t).

The last choir performance was absolutely spectacular! The Symphonic Choir performed again at Carnegie Hall (how lucky are we!?) and this time with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra and Gustavo Dudamel! He is just so, so amazing to watch and hear. The orchestra is a group of young people (high school and college ages, roughly) and they are so amazingly enthusiastic and brilliant, brilliant performers. It's such a pleasure to work with them and an inspiration! Those of us who have been in education know how hard it is to instill that kind of discipline in young people, and this Venezuelan orchestra was born out of some of the most impoverished neighborhoods in the world. Il Sistema has been such a wonderful program for young people to learn music, and look at them now! I'm humbled.

Now that all has been said and done for Fall 2012, I'm going to go visit with my friends, have a beer, and enjoy the couple of days left in New Jersey before heading home for the holidays.

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