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!!

Josh

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Upcoming Doctoral Recital

Friends! I will be having my second Doctoral Recital in June and would love to see you at one of the two performances. They promise to be short and fantastic!! Here are the links to the two FB Events for more details.

Performance 1 – https://tinyurl.com/perf1fb

Performance 2 – https://tinyurl.com/perf2fb

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Spring Update

Things are moving ahead with my studies at UNT!  I am about to complete my third semester of classes and start my fourth with two music history courses and my second recital this summer with the Coppell Community Chorale Select Women and Friends.  We will be performing music by North American Composers Sarah Quartel and Randall Thompson.  I am very excited about beginning work on this music soon!

In addition, today I found out that I will be the conductor of the UNT Men’s Chorus next year.  I am thrilled to work with them during the 2018-2019 year.  Great days ahead!!!

Settling into my new normal…

The last several weeks have been a wave of adjustments.  Graduate Placement Exams (which I passed all of them), Choir Auditions (which I sang and helped run), A Cappella Call Backs, first Classes, first day on my new Development Positions, and today was another first…I got to meet and start teaching some of my private voice students at Marcus High School.

It is very nice to be on a high school campus again.  It was hard to leave kids and people I loved at Coppell, and I already feel like I have a great purpose teaching voice at Marcus.  It certainly has me paying more attention in my classes with Dr. Austin at UNT!  The kids have amazing energy, and I cannot wait to see how much they grow.  Hearing the choirs at Marcus sing has been inspirational in and of itself.  It is so nice not being in charge, but still be a part of a team.  I am sure being at Marcus will be an exciting part of my new adventure.

Singing in a choir again has also been a great experience.  Saying that the UNT A Cappella Choir is incredible really doesn’t even begin to do it justice.  Some of the most talented voices and most sensitive artists I have sung with for sure!  Another cool thing is that one of my former singers from Coppell HS is actually in the choir with me.  We dispensed with the Mr. Brown business pretty quick. I pretty much respond to Mr. Brown with “that’s the man I used to be” when people call me that now. The music is hard as nails, and I have actually gone to the practice room more than once to make sure I have my life together.    Maybe I still don’t have my life together…  It is too early in the game to start disappointing my choir director!  We have a retreat tomorrow and I can hardly wait.

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