Productivity in a time of chaos

Like many of you, travelling this summer for me has been a non-starter. Just when it seemed like it was going to be safe to drive somewhere close by for a short getaway, covid-19 cases began to rise again and it just felt safer to stay put. So, while I missed a traditional vacation this summer, I’ve been using my time for various projects.

                I’ve been able to complete a lot more composition this summer, for which I am extremely grateful. I am currently working on two commissions; a piece for combined band, orchestra, and choir and a piece for string orchestra. Both have been progressing nicely and I’m excited to tell you that the combined piece is almost finished. I will hopefully have more to report on that in the next few weeks.

                I am thankful for my sense of productivity during this season of uncertainty and hopeful that once in-person musicing begins again that we will be able to dust the cover of anxiety and doubt off our shoulders and work towards a greater sense of normalcy. Will things ever seem normal again? Maybe. Maybe not. But having music as a vibrant force in our lives again will be a big step in the right direction. If you are able to do so, take some time to hug or encourage a musician, artist, or teacher right now. They need all the support we can give them this fall. Thanks again for taking the time to read my blog post!

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