The biggest news since my last update on this site is that I have been employed by Santa Fe College in Gainesville, FL. I am an adjunct professor and am teaching applied percussion lessons and music appreciation. So far, it has kept me incredibly busy, especially while finishing my last year of course work for my PhD. But it is a very rewarding experience. I especially enjoy teaching the appreciation class because it gives me an outlet to interact with students that have not spend their whole lives studying music. I enjoy the opportunity to challenge their musical limits and give them a glimpse into contemporary classical music, among other things.
I also recently finished a short piece that I have been working on for a long time, called Bought and Sold. I started composing this work last January, and my progress on it was interrupted by two approaching deadlines. I have finally been able to come back to the work and finish it. I wrote it as an exploration of how context affects the reception of a work of music, especially a work that already contains baggage and significance. This piece is really pointing towards my dissertation topic, which is exploring the accumulation of meaning in works of music. Bought and Sold was premiered at University of Florida’s biannual UnBalanced Connection #56, on October 16. Go ahead and check it out here. Apologies in advance to any lovers of Steve Reich’s work. not really.