Monthly Archives: August 2015

Wrapping it up

Greetings for the final time! I haven’t posted in a while, which seems to have been the way I started my last few posts. There are many reasons why I didn’t write a final post before I left Turkey. The first main reason is that my laptop’s keyboard broke (completely my fault – I spilled sparkling… Read more »

8.10-8.14 – All good things come to an end

Bob and I spent the last week finishing up the soil analysis at the Arboretum. Due to a broken still we were unable to complete the pH and electrical conductivity analysis for the samples, as both of these measurements require the soil sample to be in solution with destilled deionized water. I’ll complete these measurements in… Read more »

“Smoke Gets In Your Eyes…”

Today, I went back to the Performing Arts Library and did some more research for my project. I am finding the many writings of composing and music directing legend Lehman Engel especially helpful. Also, since there is not a lot of literature on music directing, I have been going through books made about specific Broadway… Read more »

The End of My Journey

I’ve packed my bag for the last time, I can check my luggage without worrying if it gets lost and I’m writing this high above the Pacific Ocean while shooting towards San Francisco at an unbelievable 643 mph. My feelings are conflicted right now. On one hand, I am truly excited to return home and… Read more »

Wrapping Up Gumbo and More

Gumbo ended today. It was an amazing, amazing experience in which I learned so much about professionalism and musicality. The score was so difficult and I was tested constantly as a leader and a musician. This was one of the most valuable experiences I have had on this show. I truly believe Gumbo has a big… Read more »

Istanbul Data Collection

Authors Note: This is a bit of a long post. I’ve included a note when I think you should take an intermission. If you haven’t been keeping up, I suggest you use intermission to read about my journey from Istanbul to Cape Town! It’s been called my “blogging zenith.”  Greetings everyone! It’s been awhile since… Read more »

“Come to the Fun Home…”

Yesterday, I was fortunate enough to interview Fun Home music director Chris Fenwick in the house of the Circle in the Square Theater itself. It has been interesting to me how many music directors have the luxury of choosing precisely what kind of work they want to do. Many, like Chris, have never had to do… Read more »

Goodbye Taiwan, Hello Beijing

So I’m in Beijing now!  Crazy, right?  I’ll be here for the entire quarter for study abroad.  I flew into Beijing yesterday from Taipei, thus finishing my summer research. It’s been a crazy week, which is why I haven’t blogged in a while, but here’s what I’ve been up to.  Sorry, this is going to… Read more »

On the Town and Music Assisting, Part 2

Things are really picking up again. Yesterday was the first Gumbo rehearsal! I taught some solos to people a lot older than me for the first time, and it was terrifying but rewarding. I’m looking forward to going back in tonight to do some more work for this production. It’s a long, difficult score with very… Read more »