Monday, July 7, 2014

some summer projects

I thought I'd break up the rejection pile a bit with a random post that involves puppets, opera, and maybe a puppet opera. And some deep thoughts.

  • Puppet Camp was fun: I met lots of cool people and improvised some incidental music to some of the participant projects. Heck, I even wrote some music for one of the participant projects.
Meet Helmut.

Isn't he beautiful?

So, the rest of the summer will include:
  • reducing Copland for my academic institution…
  • going to baseball games
  • reading about baseball games
  • going through over sixty NANOWorks opera entries so I can pick the next season
    • sadly sending out rejection letters…there might be a new blog post about this…
  • maybe cuddle a cat?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

composer FAIL #81

I'd like to tell you all that Lindsay Cat is sleeping on a Very Important Document, you know, something to do with casting a NANOWorks show or sending a Very Important Email about a NANOWorks show, but in typical Cat Fashion, she is not helping with said NANOWorks show.

Did I mention we have a show?

Anyway, I'll post the latest rejection letter. And, instead of spending a year in Rome, I'll be attending the 2014 O’Neill National Puppetry Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT starting this Saturday. Like I wanted to eat spaghetti alla carbonara anyway…(sob).

Monday, May 19, 2014

cadillacs for microphones: texas tech

Why hello there and welcome back, party people. Summer vacation has just begun, and so therefore maybe it's time to catch up on those emails, hours of sleep, and Facebook posts that display the delightfully…misguided and erroneous answers we find on those music history/appreciation/elective exams. (I think I might have to submit my Miguel Cabrera answer…someday…)

Anyway, back in March I took a trip out to Texas Tech to hear Spielzeug Straßenbahn; it finally received its world premiere. Finally.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

composer FAIL #80

Why yes I'm clearing out my inbox this week. Why yes I'm up to eighty rejection letters. Maybe I should throw a huge party to celebrate.

Monday, May 5, 2014

composer FAIL #79

Welcome to this edition of "I'm posting another rejection letter due to wrapping up the last week of classes" and so here is another rejection letter. Yes, they have been sitting in my inbox, and yes, I have a cache of them.

Well…yeah…my proposal did not fly.

Monday, April 28, 2014

composer FAIL #78

Oh look, another month has gone by on the blog without a weekly blog post. That's okay. Anyway, I wanted to thank everyone for reading/commenting on my posts at NewMusicBox, and huge thank you to Alexandra Gardner and Molly Sheridan for editing said posts (I was truly spoiled).

So, um, time for the rejection letter, no?

I am kind of curious how many composers submitted operas…and if my opera wasn't selected due to lack of orchestration or abundance of male voices. Is it so hard to provide feedback?

Monday, March 31, 2014

composer FAIL #77

Ah, it has been a while, hasn't it? I actually have three (I think?) more rejection letters in my inbox, and I thought maybe I should attend to those. In the meantime I did enjoy a fantastic trip to Texas (more on that later!) where Spielzeug Straßenbahn was finally premiered, and I wrapped up a piece for Miller Asbill and Brevard College, so that piece will also finally happen! (We've discussed it for over a year.)

Anyway, the rejection letter awaits.

Monday, February 17, 2014

composer FAIL #76

As you have probably noticed, I am back to my old practice of posting pictures of cats as part of my "composer FAIL" series, mainly because (1) my feline at home has consistently planted herself on my lackluster sketches and (2) how can you resist posting a picture of Henry Cowell with his furry companion? (Hat tip to Christian Hertzog for directing me to this gem.)

So, dear Lindsay Cat, if you are going to be so helpful, could you please tell me how to successfully incorporate saxophones in a wind ensemble piece? Dear Stravinsky, why has the saxophone "reminded [you] of a slimy, pink worm"? You are not helpful either.

I digress.

Am I going to attend anyway? No, I don't want to miss this concert series.

Monday, February 10, 2014

composer FAIL #75

The Presidential Palace
So…this isn't the fourth rejection letter I received while in Vietnam. I thought it was because I saw this heading…

…and then I actually read the contents of the email.

At this rate I can't remember which competitions I've applied to, which are still out there, and which I have not applied to. But don't worry, I still have a rejection letter I can post.

Someday my choral piece will be performed again? Maybe?

Monday, February 3, 2014

cadillacs for microphones: the I-75

Two weekends ago I had the wonderful opportunity to cancel classes to sit on a panel and give my composer/impresario expertise and have a couple of my pieces performed. Great weekend? Or greatest weekend?


2:58 p.m.

Rafael de Acha, teacher/moderator at the University of Cincinnati Osher Lifelong Learning Institute asked me and James Slouffman (President of the Cincinnati Wagner Society) and Kathleen Doane (Arts Writer Lecturer at the University of Cincinnati's English Department) to participate on a panel entitled "Teaching the Arts." Are we building a future audience? Are we nurturing a future crop of artists? Is art education needed and how do we provide that in the current educational system?

I'm glad I had the opportunity to participate in this discussion. One of the questions Rafael asked me is how I can convince people to listen to new concert music. I said, "My first goal is to convince all of you that composers are living and breathing beings and that we exist among you and that we're real people too!"

(I try.)