Remembering Mark

For the last two summers, I've spent one week with a bunch of Episcopalians on the beautiful Holy Mountain of Sewanee, Tennessee. There we sing great music, spend time worshipping with an amazing community, and (of course, because it's a music conference for Episcopalians) drank great booze. My first meeting of Mark Schweizer came on [...]

These are the Numbers

12,000 people. 1,200 college students. 4,450 choral directors. 6,000 performers. 4 SVSU students. 2 SVSU faculty. 1 national conference. In a city where 460,000 people already lived. And it was epic. This conference experience was a new one for me. Sure, I've attended state conventions in Michigan. And they've been lovely! I always enjoy being [...]

Just Keep Chugging

It's week 9. We're halfway through the semester. Everyone is sick, everyone is tired, everyone is hating school. Myself included. I'm exhausted. I'm in class from 8am-6pm Monday through Thursday, rehearsals after school on Monday and Thursday nights, I work 8am-6:30pm on Friday and Saturday, and by the time Sunday rolls around, an entire week [...]

Goodbye Summer, Hello Junior Year

The school year is officially in session. And this Jesus-loving girl is loving her classes! I am officially and 100 percent into my music education classes now. I'm learning how to run choral programs (even though I'm already mostly on my way to do that by the MANY choirs I've been involved in throughout the [...]