Check In on Commissions, Performances, Recordings and Thanks
Date: November 20, 2012
And other musical things we are thankful for. For our US members, this is Thanksgiving week. Scott Dorsey's front page blog post (http://www.choralnet.org/view/403426) today made me think it was time to share our thankfulness for commissions, performances, recordings, videos, ensembles and each other.
I am thankful for each and every one of you that has contributed in this forum, shared works in the Composition Showcase or who has ever sent a message to another member of this community with questions, support or affirmation. Thank-you all for helping keep my brain active and interested in things of global significance.
I am specifically thankful for:
Julia Laylander who has kept the conversation going and has shared her vision and internet search skills with me and the community. (edit-Also Thanks to Julia for penning a great text for the piece Chris Hutchings composed for AppleChor. I knew I'ld forget somone. Can't wait to share it with everyone)
Greg Bartholomew our editor that has taken on much of the workload and shared professional ideas with me.
Wally De Pue who has helped me out on several occasions with repertoire, prayers, life advice, humor and shared his ideas in the forum when I needed someone with experience and perspective to lead a discussion.
Julie Myers for editing my Composer of the Month articles (which I plan on starting up again soon)
John Ward for creating the information gathering system that saves me a lot of work in the Showcase.
Martin Knowles who saved ChoralNet from my misplaced embed code a couple of days ago and regularly updates and tweaks ChoralNet to make it user friendly. (Did anyone notice that ChoralNet was screwed up for about half an hour? -sorry)
Jim Feiszli for creating ChoralNet (Don't worry, your commission project is coming)
Hildigunnur Rúnarsdóttir for your personal correspondance and friendship. Your Messe Guðbrandur is one of the best pieces on the planet! Please quote me on that. I must learn to speak Icelandic so I can tell what the **** you are saying on Facebook :)
Micheal McGlynn for the personal support you have given me (though we haven't heard from you for a while, hope everthing is good.)
David Avshalomov your willingness to share your skills and talents and understanding when I couldn't hold up the pace.
Joy Decoursey-Porter for writing for my ensemble.
Two composers who have not shared that they accepted my request for Julia's first time commission project. I would share your names but you haven't announced it in any of these check-ins so I'll leave that to you. You know who you are.
Melinda Bargreen for waiting patiently for me to get your Composer of the month article done.
Brian Holmes not only for your continuing output of wonderful music but your willingness to share and advise this community and me. (Professor of the Physics of Music- What a resource you are!)
Ian McLoughlin of JWPepper, Ahroon Yoch of Sheet Music Plus and J.D.Frizzell of CadenzaOne for the services you are providing for composers and conductors and for accepting my invitation to share with the community.
Gorden Thornett, Robert Ross, Anna Dembska, Donald Patriquin, George Polinski, Andrew Miller, Chris Hutchings, Dawn Sonntag, M Ryan Taylor, Christopher Ho, Dustin Oldenberg, Reginald Unterseher, Jonathan C. Adams, Charles Peery, and all who answered the call to participate in adding this community's voice to critiquing the new programs for self-published composers.
M Ryan Taylor for keeping my children laughing with your "Unlikely Company" from your Halloween album.
Dustin Oldenburg, Nan Beth Walton, Rich Campbell, Joseph Gregorio, Bruce Rockwell, David Hamilton, Frank La Rocca, Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, Nigel Williams, Timothy Lee Miller, David Monks, David Guillot, Adrienne Albert and all those above who have contributed to this forum in the past 30 days.
Thank-you all for making this the most active community on ChoralNet!! 40+ members have shared their thoughts and ideas in the past 30 days, we have 379 members and over 1,700 posts, that's more than all other communities combined!
I invite you all to share your successes and thanks below. I also invite you to join my network on LinkedIn, in case those connections can lead to more successes for all of us! Look me up.
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