I learned this summer that summer itself is a somewhat squishy and pliable idea that means different things to different people. As I write this recap on August 9, the eve of my first day teaching at a new school after more than three months at home, I have friends and colleagues who have been announcing on Facebook that their summer is just beginning!
This summer was the quietist I have had in many years, with no conducting obligations at all due to the arrival of our first child. Days after that, I finished my work at Arizona State University, where I had a wonderful experience and came out with a DMA degree! Among my greatest accomplishments is my thesis, “An Annotated Bibliography of Symphonies for Wind Band” (pdf). A searchable web version of that is currently in the works, coming soon!
I remain on the board of the world’s best outdoor summer band, Columbia Summer Winds. The conductors (William Tonissen, Sarah Quiroz, and Greg Whitmore) had a wonderful program lined up for their concerts in New York City this summer. Remarkably, they had no weather cancellations at all! See their full schedule here.
I also spent some time at the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) Conference in San Jose, California in July. This resulted in a digest of each day of the conference (even after I left, thank you conference program and the Internet).
This was a wonderful conference that I highly recommend everyone attend in the future. Next one: Utrecht 2017.
Finally, I got into the music review business with a review of Twisted Skyscape, a new album of music for woodwind orchestra.