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A classic poem takes a new (musical) flight


A dear friend of mine, who shall remain in anonymity, once showed me e.e. cummings’ i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart). As clichéd as it sounds, I loved it. In the course of this past semester, I enrolled in a composition class. In this class put my big boy pants, and […]

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Polar winds v. Tropic thunder


And so my winter break is coming to an end. Next Monday I start my second semester of graduate studies, where I shall immerse myself anew in music, music, and music (and the midwest weather). Between a musicology course in twentieth-century music to twentieth -century musical analysis, choral conducting, graduate musical composition, and ensembles. This […]

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Ready? BREAK!


And so, Thanksgiving break is upon us in Western Illinois University. Now. If you’re a graduate student you realize that “break” is something that is found in mythology. As the semester starts to close you can observe graduate students with less hair, irritability, frustration and perfumed in desperation. Deadlines close in, projects and papers are […]

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On the twelfth week of Grad School, my baton said to me…


On the twelfth week of Grad School, my baton said to me: ‘member all that’s happened to thee… I am stronger than I look, wiser than I know, and a hell lot a braver than most people I know. Sometimes slow and steady wins the race, sometimes it just means your dead. Show the ictus, my […]

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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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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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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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The Silent Sniper: Sleep is a Solstice


Warning: This post may not be 100% coherent. Why? Not much sleep, coffee depravation (one cup of coffee does not suffice), and because Daleks/Cybermen/The Master want to exterminate my Research assignments by throwing it into a fire pit. This week in  “Chronicles of Graduate School Living”, we can view ze graduate student recognizing that sleep […]

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What I’ve learned in Grad school is….


Wow.  I knew Grad School would be challenging and it has been more than I have ever imagined. Up until now I’ve been a grad student for  a month, and I love it.  So here you have the things I’ve learned in graduate school so far Everybody is on the same playing field, no matter […]

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The year that never was part deux: “When reality ruins everything”


In the last post I reflected on what has happened in this past year. To recap, the expectations  were: Finish my Teaching Internship successfully, and show that I can actually be a music teacher (choral conductor). Finish my Choral Conducting course & (maybe) conduct in the Spring Tour. Go to France in the summer with […]

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