I’ve finally made the move out of Provo and now live in the city of angels “ready” to start my DMA program at USC (I use the term “ready” very loosely here). A friend of mine asked me what some of my favorite moments at BYU were, and it got me thinking. It might be the best way to talk about this transition. There’s been a quote going around attributed to Dr. Suess (don’t know if it was him, and I don’t feel like taking the time to verify right now) that says “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
Here are some of my favorite moments/times that I had at BYU in no particular order:
- Being at the inauguration of President Samuelson as the President of BYU by Gordon B. Hinckley. It was the first time I had been in the same room as the prophet. It was electrifying.
- My very first day in Concert Choir with Professor Hall. Completely changed my life.
- Singing the premiere of “Midnight Clear.”
- The premiere of “In Paradisum.”
- Our study abroad in London learning about English choral music.
- Returning to Ireland on tour.
- The first time I conducted BYU Singers in performance. Will Todd’s “Ave verum corpus” in the Conference Center Theater in Salt Lake.
- Singing “Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine” in the Provo Tabernacle. I’ll never forget the audience reaction.
- Taking Counterpoint and Independent Readings (Renaissance Music) with Dr. Bush.
- Conducting the Men’s Chorus in the MTC. “Choose the Right,” arranged by Rosalind Hall.
- Climbing to the top of Squaw Peak, Y Mountain, Cascade, Timpanogas and Nebo.
As you can see, most of these best times involved the choirs in some way. That’s how important they have been in my life. As a final gesture, I want to post one of my favorite choral pieces. These last several years have shaped my life in a way that few other things have. I usually can’t listen to this without tearing up . . . a lot.