Post-Recital Summer Update

Good evening!

This summer has been exhilarating so far.  I am enrolled in a doctoral Music History Seminar on Aaron Copland that has been great fun!  This is while I have been preparing for my second of three DMA Recitals with the Coppell Community Chorale Select Women.

This past weekend was the culmination of that work which resulted in a performance at Rejoice Lutheran Church and the final Recital at UNT on Saturday.  The choir sang beautifully and expressively.  The instrumentalists could not have been better.  My UNT Faculty support could not have been more wonderful!  Dr. Hightower came to one of my last rehearsals and gave comments which I shared with the choir.  Dr. Sparks, Napoles, Kelley and a host of other friends came to support me at these performances.

I am so grateful to each member of the choir, and especially to Hillary for all of her work to help along the way.  I am looking forward to the rest of this summer which has some great travel plans (including Amarillo, San Francisco and San Antonio for TCDA)!  I hope your summer is fantastic!!



Reflections on Leadership

One of my class assignments is to read/listen to materials on leadership prior to class. Here are some thoughts I have had recently on leadership.

1. Leaders must love people and be a servant. It is hard to lead people if you don’t sincerely care for them and are willing to do the less glamorous things that are required to help them. One of my readings related to this is “The Conductor as Servant Leader by Ramona Mis which speaks to this as well as a number of other topics related to servant oriented musical leadership.

2. Challenges and criticism are unavoidable; how we respond is up to us. I recently viewed Steve Job’s response to some unconstructive criticism and it shocked me how calm and effectively he responded. I mentioned this article a few days ago in another blog post, but feel it is worthy of another mention!

3. Thinking is essential to personal growth. It is vital to carve out time in your busy schedule to think. Then it is vital that those thoughts are written down and considered even more deeply. I am currently on the second chapter of “How Successful People Think” by John C. Maxwell which was recommended to me by one of my most brilliant friends. I highly recommend it!

4. Knowing your own limitations and providing yourself the supports you need in those areas strengthen you.

5. Communication and transparency build trust. Trust gives credibility to your leadership.

Stay tuned for more as I update this post!!