Over the last couple of weeks - I've done the following
1. Hosted Virginia All State Band and Orchestra at Mason
2. Played 10 performances of Carmina Burana at the Kennedy Center
3. Played ( and continue to play) Anvils in Das Reingold with the Washington Opera
4. coached chamber music/ taught private lessons
5. taught lessons
6. recruited students
7. Planned my part of a summer festival
9. did a clinic for a HS orchestra
10. prepared my college band for an upcoming concert
at some point, I'm sure I slept, ate and maybe even made some time for friends/family. This is called a life in music. It is a snapshot of what I do, and likely similar to what other musicians do every day. I am lucky - most, if not all of what I have listed above is work that I sought out, and I am honored to have had the chance to do - it is diverse, interesting, challenging and fun. I'm grateful to have had the opportunity.
This is called a life in music - it is about being organized, dedicated, driven and focused. It is about selecting and using your time wisely, and being open, regularly, to self evaluation and review of processes. It is about working hard, and understanding that the phrase " I wanna be a music major" doesn't mean just "I wanna play" but it means being committed, in my view, to a career in the music industry that is dynamic and rewarding
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