My 5'2" (including poofed-up hair) Jewish grandmother loved to say that variety is the spice of life. And, while I do appreciate a good routine, I'm always up for new opportunities and challenges. Speaking of which, I've got a couple new experiences on tap right now:
Compose a grade 1/2 concert band piece for the Kiski Area Upper Elementary band. Yes, that's grade .5. This is going to be a fun-to-play piece written for 6th graders with a year of music instruction under their belt. I'm SO excited to figure out how to do this. And, to top it all off, it will be premiered at the 2016 PMEA convention in Hershey. Very cool on all fronts.
Compose a piece for the middle school string program in the State College Area School district. We're still ironing out the learning objectives, but I think we're going for something jazzy that may even include improvisational elements. I'm excited to tackle this one, too, especially because I'll have several opportunities to work directly with the students in the orchestra.
Orchestrate a delightfully creative 13-minute medley of even songs for the annual Save-the-Music Foundation fundraising concert in the Central Bucks school district. Middle school choir teacher Jim Glaser has conceived another brilliant arrangement — and it is my job to transcribe and notate everything for this show-style orchestra made of up students, music teachers, and local pros. This will be my third year on this assignment, and it's ALWAYS a good time.
UPDATE: NOVEMBER 18
Compose an original piece for the Huntingdon (PA) Area High School Jazz Band. They have a lovely music program with great kids — this should be a fun one!