Academia Category

Tour, Paper, Presentation, GO!


And this week passed… It was a very intensive week for me. 4-5 hours of sleep, 30 pages of a paper that was due, a presentation for my choral literature class, 7 schools  visited, 2 Church Concerts, 3 days of Recruitment Tour with the Western Illinois University… let’s just say you have 1 very tired […]

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Write, though your hands are aching


This week is going to be a very hectic week for me. These past weeks have been ok, but every single thing that occurred, was in preparation for this week. In this week, I am going on tour with the Western Illinois University Singers  tomorrow (Monday), Tuesday and Wednesday. For this tour, whom my very awesome […]

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From Light to Light- Wind


Thin this silver cord like wisp of smoke mere brush of breath against the face ah! I know I do not know… and smile grateful into light (mild clouds of myrrh the eagle soars and hyms the heart of god) and smile grateful into light Text: Susan Palo Cherwien Music: Aaron McDermind Preformed: The National Lutheran […]

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The ground, the occult, and the savior.


Wow… it’s been more than 10 days since I’ve updated from the grad school tag. Grad school is… still intensive. Not as intensive as before, ’cause I am getting the hang of it, but intense nonetheless. At least, I am getting better in my conducting, in internalizing this harmonic system, and getting to be “myself” […]

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Metaphors


A metaphor is the omnipresent principle of language… Thought is metaphoric, and proceeds by comparison, and the metaphors of language derive from them – Richards

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I feel it’s going to rain (paperwork)


This week that passed on grad school… You may mess up completely in your conducting and may have to meet your professor for further assessment. The day feel ready to meet your professor is the day he’s not on campus. That’s not the way you hold a baton… in your case you should ’cause that […]

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Grad School Haiku


Oh my God, Too much work! I need sleep, Jesus, take the baton!

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The week in Heaven (and just a slice of hell).


The time has come. I have started my graduate studies in Choral Conducting, and to quote that famous phrase all I can say is “I’m not in Kansas (Puerto Rico) anymore.” How can I describe this? One word. Wow. It is completely different from what I’m accustomed, but that was the necessary change, right? The answer, […]

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Stop, review, and rewrite


So. The moment has come.  Between tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday I have two Graduate Advisory Exams on Musical Theory and Music History. On Monday I begin my first semester as a Grad Student and Graduate Assistant for Choirs at Western Illinois University. You may ask, how do you feel? To that, my dear Watson it’s […]

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