i always have mixed feeling when I travel for work. I really enjoy performing, giving classes and working with other students, but I am always worried about my folks back at Mason.... Not that they are doing anything wrong, I just never want to be a drive by professor. I'm actually pretty happy we have reached the point where I can leave and let grad student run a studio class, and deal with departmental programs, and the students can coach ensemble on their own
I mean, I love to perform, and it is important both personally and professionally that I am out in the field working, recruiting etc....
It makes the program better and brings much needed attention to the great work we are doing at Mason
Still, as I write this on a plane to Illinois, I cannot help but run a list of things over And over again in my mind.... Just to make sure they are ok.
I guess that's a good thing.