It’s a hot and sunny Friday afternoon here in Columbus, GA, and my heart is full. I’ve had a busy and productive week, but overall am feeling really happy.
On Friday afternoons, the Schwob School of Music has Convocation, which is where all of the students gather to hear a few students perform, or on occasion to hear a guest speaker/musician. But the first Convo is different: All of the faculty dress up in their regalia, there’s a procession, and inspiring words by University and Schwob personnel are interspersed with inspiring performances by Schwob students. It was a beautiful ceremony today, followed by a barbecue at which people laughed and sang and generally enjoyed the special community of which they’re a part.
And that’s the truth— we really are a community! Sitting on the stage (as the faculty do) and looking out at the audience, which was filled with students, I was struck by what a diverse group we are. We have people of all colors and backgrounds, and what binds us all together in this special place is our love of music. I am thankful to be a part of the Schwob School of Music, especially to be able to guide a strong and vibrant group of violists.
I have eleven wonderful students this semester, and I’m excited to see what the future holds for each of them. It was really fun this week talking about setup and bow hold, and (my favorite topic) rich viola sound, not to mention making recital and competition plans. Most of all, I’m enjoying getting to know the new people, and to continue guiding the continuing people. It’s going to be a great semester, and I’m looking forward to sharing the journey with all of you.