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Summer is here, and with it, new chances to conduct in new and familiar places. With an academic schedule, summer also begins blissfully early, in mid-May!
One of the highlights of this summer is my New York trip in July, when I’ll rejoin the Columbia Summer Winds and their conductors, Bill Tonissen and Sarah Quiroz, as a guest on two of their concerts: Thursday, July 24 at 5:30pm in Union Square Park, and Saturday, July 26 at 1pm in the Central Park Bandshell, part of a series of Americana concerts, featuring:
Sea of Fury – Jim Territo
Spoon River – Percy Grainger
Old Home Days – Charles Ives
Turkey in the Straw – Michael Markowski (featuring me as guest conductor)
Buckaroo Holiday – Aaron Copland, arr. Megan (featuring me as guest conductor)
America the Beautiful – Samuel Augustus Ward, arr. Carmen Dragon
Ahead of that, in June, I’ll travel to two Texas schools for the first time to participate in their conducting workshops. First comes the University of North Texas Conductors Collegium starting on June 9, featuring Eugene Corporon and Craig Kirchhoff as clinicians. I’ll have the opportunity to conduct Dana Wilson’s Speak to Me in a concert, with three days of rehearsal preceding. I’ll then go directly to the University of Texas Art of Band Conducting and Rehearsal Workshop, with clinicians Jerry Junkin, Richard Floyd, and H. Robert Reynolds. This one features a variety of repertoire across the week:
Serenade in E-flat, op. 7 – Richard Strauss
Gran Partita – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Three Chorale Preludes – William Latham
My first stop was the New York City area, where I re-connected with some of my great friends and worked with their bands. I started on May 27 in the Grand Street Campus High School with Jeff Ball and Jasmine Britt, whose wind ensemble was playing:
I also worked with their symphonic band, which was very jazzed about playing:
Sinfonia VI – Timothy Mahr
Among other things. I stuck around until that evening for the Brooklyn Wind Symphony rehearsal. They were preparing a concert of movie-themed music, but they had me in to conduct a recording session on Michael Markowski’s new grade 2 piece, The Cave You Fear.
That night, I arranged with Jennifer Schechter to visit her middle school in Queens. What a treat that was! They were working on an EXCELLENT arrangement of Pomp and Circumstance for their graduation.
Later in the week on May 30, I traveled up to White Plains High School to work with my great friend Bill Tonissen and his students. They were preparing an end-of-year pops concert, with the music selected by the students:
Chicago – John Kander, arr. Victor Lopez
Music from The Incredibles – Michael Giacchino. arr. Jay Bocook
Night on Fire – John Mackey
Carry on Wayward Son – Kerry Livgren, arr. Paul Murtha
Amidst all of this, I have continued preparing for my role as conducting TA at Arizona State University in the fall, which will include an appearance with the Wind Ensemble and my own recital with the Wind Orchestra, plus my continued research into symphonies for winds. All told, I will be very busy for most of the summer!