Wow, it got busy really fast. Last Saturday I got to conduct the BYU Singers for the first time in concert. What a thrilling experience. What a privilege to conduct such a group. We reached a whole new level with this piece; Suddenly, it became a whole new piece to us.
For the first time, instead of closing my eyes in an effort to remember the music, I kept my eyes open and looked straight into the eyes of the Singers. It’s a connection I’ve never made with some of them. I felt that it helped us all work together in greater unity. I also felt like I opened up my soul to them in a way I never have before. Too bad there’s no recording to listen back to, it was thrilling.
In the middle of all this I finished writing a paper titled, “The Legacy of Jubal: Chordophones and Aerophones in Ancient Semitic Music.” It started to get fun towards the end, but it was a little stressful trying to sift through the sources. It’s not fun to find out that three of your four articles are bogus.
In all these growing experience, I also was preparing for my interview/audition for the Masters Program here at BYU. My interview was yesterday with Dr. Staheli and Prof. Hall. We had a wee chat, I sang and played the piano. It was a lot harder than I was expecting. I didn’t sing nearly as well as I usually can. Funny, I’ve been preparing for this interview for the past two years and now that it’s over I don’t really know what to do with myself. I suppose I should do homework or something like that. Whatever.
I’ll find out shortly what the results are and then I’ll post them here.
Now I have time again to compose some stuff! “Water Lilies,” is the only one I’ve been working on and it’s been quite the challenge. I’ve been taking it one page at a time. Real slow. But it’ll be worth it in the end.