As we are closing 2012 behind us, I wanted to take a moment to recap the year 2012 with the good and the bad.
Like 2011, 2012 was also quite an interesting year. Here are a few moments that happened to me this year:
- Won the Michigan State University Honors Competition with Test Drive (Chamber Ensemble Category).
- Was placed on the waiting list for the Brevard music festival.
- Premiered “The Two Siblings” with my brother Eddie. 4/17/2012
- Began working on my thesis “Life Circle” for orchestra during the summer break.
- Earned an assistant ship in the Music Theory Department as a staff member of the Theory Tutoring Center.
- Two of my students received division one ratings at Solo and Ensemble. Current record is 4-0-0 (Division 1 ratings – Division 2 ratings – Other ratings).
- Premiered “Piano” Song cycle for baritone voice and Pierrot Ensemble 11/7/2012.
- Commissioned to compose two works; one for brass choir and the other for tuba and boom whacker ensemble.
In general, 2012 was a great year for me. Since this is the second time that I have written a recap on the year, I thought it would be interesting to compare my goals for 2012 with my 2012 recap. Here are the goals that did NOT happen this year:
- Get accepted into the Nebraska Institute of Music for this summer. Result – denied.
- Have a few pieces performed out-of-state.
Not bad really. So for 2013, I will keep pushing myself while maintaining my ambitiousness, determination, and motivation. Here are my goals:
- Finish Life Circle before mid-March
- Have a college/professional orchestra perform Life Circle.
- Have Test Drive performed by Musique 21 (not really a goal since it will be performed).
- Have a piece performed outside of Michigan State.
- Get accepted to at least one summer institution.
- Get a piece in a SCI conference/any conference.
- Write a piece for Brass Band.
- …and look for many opportunities that I can.
- OH! and post more often!
These goals may not be as easy as I wrote them, but I am more than willing to work towards those goals. Here’s to 2013.