Happy Labor Day, folks. While you all (y’all?) are enjoying your day off, remember what the labor movement has done for you.
One of these days I’m going to get a good recording of Drei Brücken. In the meantime, here’s a performance by the University of Toledo Concert Chorale with Brad Pierson conducting.
Today is the first day of classes, so while I hope all the technology in the classroom works and that it’s okay to not have hard-copies of the syllabus available to my students (the printer in my office is way low in toner), I can look at a photo of this magical flourless chocolate cake and/or this screenshot of a rejection letter. You choose.
This one is over a year old! Am I failing at posting my rejection letters? (Probably. Time for a cocktail. 🥃)
So, I’m a little behind in posting my rejections and acceptances. Case in point:
I had to dig through my email; this was dated June 17, 2017. Whoops.
Anyway, I had a fantastic time, my players rocked my piece, and I made some new friends.
Stay tuned for more rejections later; I promise they’re coming.
Some people ask me if I still receive rejection letters. I do, just not as many as I used to, mainly because I don’t apply to as many competitions nowadays.
But I think I’ve achieved a new accomplishment: receiving rejection letters from competitions I didn’t apply to.
Take this email: I don’t think I actually applied to this one, but I truly can’t tell you if I applied or not. Maybe I did, maybe I didn’t.
Truth be told, I’d love to write for wind quintet, but I probably wouldn’t know what I’m doing. (Don’t tell my students.)
Guys! I’m back. (Or at least I hope I’m back?) I know my infamous blog has been sadly neglected, but I’ve decided I’m going to post something once a week during the academic semester.
Therefore, you can now (hopefully) look forward to fifteen weeks of rejections, cocktails, acceptances, and cats on occasion.
[In other news: I will be with the Ohio University Wind Symphony this weekend when they record Lichtweg/Lightway. I can’t wait. Also, my short piano response to Scriabin’s Op. 8 No. 1 étude (“Recomposed Scriabin”) is now available for download and purchase. Enjoy!]
But I like writing for the horn. 😢
This rejection is from a few months ago, and ironically I kind of wonder if I should be posting it because I just submitted a new application. Oh well.
I knew I was receiving this rejection letter because they hadn’t asked me to fly out to New York City and meet them, so ultimately I decided to fly myself out to Washington D.C. instead for a performance. Totally worth it.
So, it’s nice to know that on occasion some random strangers like my music enough (or fits into their programming enough) to force a group of instrumentalists in an ensemble called an orchestra to play new music.
The Ferry Crossing will have its Midwest premiere as part of the 2017 TUTTI Festival at Denison University on Thursday, February 9 at 7 p.m. In fact, I will be on the same program as Augusta Reed Thomas (since she’s their guest composer). Chances are, she probably doesn’t remember me.