April 18, 2015
My last post was at the start of my fourth year of my undergraduate study, and now this post is happening right at the end. In September, I had this grand plan laid out in front of me. I was going to take an extra year of undergraduate study to finish with a degree in both Music Composition and Microbiology. I was going to to use that year to really focus on building a solid portfolio to apply for a Masters program in Composition. I was going to visit schools and professors to see which programs were best suited for me. I was going to use the summer to get another festival under my belt and try to get really solid recordings of my work. That timeline didn’t exactly stick. I had to adjust my plans accordingly, and these past few months have been intense journy.
- September – Long discussions with my parents. Removed double major in Microbiology. Portfolio Panic.
- October – Rough draft of an Orchestral piece. Lots of coffee. Revisions.
- November – Orchestration and notation. More coffee…a lot more coffee. Editing. Resume building. Applications. Essays. Statements of purpose. Visited New York City. More editing.
- December – “Are you sure you would like to submit your application?” ……yes. Christmas. Still not done. More applications.
- January – “Please review your application before submitting”x10. Send. Breathe… Auditions Panic.
- February – Aural skills review. Sight singing review. Theory review. Overnight assignment practice. Coffee. Overnight assignment practice again. Coffee. Overnight assignment practice again again. “Congratulations! You have been accepted to ….” and “It is with great regret that…”
- March – New York. Auditions. auralskills-theory-overnightassignment. Interview. Breath… Meet Julia Wolfe. See NYU’s Campus. Attempt to contain excitement.
- April – Decide to go to NYU.
I condensed almost an entire year’s worth of work into just a few months.… - Continue Reading -