Various Updates

My apologies for not posting much these days. I’ve been busy working on a number of different tasks, and it’s difficult to keep a running commentary on them.

First of all, Tu Qui Consortem had its world premiere last Friday evening at Trinity Lutheran Church here in Lawrence, KS. The Men’s Chorus sang well, and I look forward to what they will do with it by the time KMEA rolls around in February.

Second of all, I have music theory comprehensive exams coming up on November 9, 2007. That’s less than two weeks away, and while I’m not particularly nervous, eight hours of theory exams is going to be rigorous!

Shortly after theory exams will be my comprehensive oral exams. What am I supposed to know in order to pass them? EVERYTHING! :-)

In addition to prepping for these massive exams, I have that little thing called a dissertation to write. In short, I’m writing an oratorio for orchestra, chorus, and soloists. More on that later.

Finally, I’m officially on the job market! For several weeks now I’ve been monitoring mailing lists for college/university openings in Music Theory / Composition, and have sent out a few applications. With any luck, hopefully I will have a “real” job next year. I admit that it’s a strange feeling to have no idea where one will be next year.

Oh, and for the record, the more I study the works of Dmitri Shostakovich, the more I like him.

Originally posted on 29 October 2007

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