22 August 2012

Soundcloud links

I just explored Classical 91.7's Soundcloud and made my own! If you explore the KUHA page, be sure to check out the Meta Radio postings made by my favorite librarian, Dacia Clay. Mine is currently blank but I'm hoping to upload some recordings of myself playing clarinet etc when I get back to my computer this evening.

I'm not the new guy anymore

All the interns for the upcoming year for KUHA! L-R: Princeton Miles, Brooklynn Adelman, Alexandra Doyle (me!), and Daniel Webbon. Can't wait to start working with these people!

Coming soon!

Here's a neat KUHF event that's coming up soon, be sure to check it out!

Also rapidly approaching is the Theater District Open House, Sunday August 26, which is amazing and you should also go to that! Details can be found here.

08 August 2012

New podcast project

Aside from what I normally do at the office (research, organizing the audio library, and digitizing our program collection mostly) I've been given a new sample project-- a podcast! (It's a secret from St.John until we get one completely done to present to him, so don't tell ;) ) It was Dacia's idea (she's the audio librarian) and it's going to be a sort of "day in the life of a music major" thing. It might also include other arts students, I'm not sure yet. The idea is to give the average person who knows nothing about the strange world we classical musicians live in a glimpse into that world, with all the stress and practicing and auditions and stuff. My pilot episode is focusing on the Clarinetfest 2012 convention in Lincoln, Nebraska that just occurred last week. I'll be exploring what happens at these conventions and interviewing a few other people, such as performers and a mouthpiece maker, for their takes on convention and their respective roles in it.

A note about convention itself:
Clarinetfest was a blast! Musicians learn at a young age that convention is where the magic happens, from performances and masterclasses to networking and shopping at the booths of a thousand vendors who have things that are very specific to your needs.It's also great to see the friends that you made at the last convention. This year's Clarinetfest was on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, which turned out to be very convenient; the campus is within the town, so everything important was within about 3 blocks, including the convention hotels. Unfortunately the lineups weren't as spectacular as last year (I guess famous clarinetists would rather be in Los Angeles, where last year's convention was, than Lincoln!) but it was still an awesome learning experience and lots of fun. Next year's is in Italy, so that will be absolutely incredible!

Anyway, if and when the podcast is up and running on the KUHA website, I'll post a link here so that you can see it. Also be ready for more articles from The Daily Cougar and possibly one from a more impressive paper! :)

30 July 2012

It can be so incredibly difficult to decide whether or not to pursue a certain job- related project when it might be upsetting to some people. Even when that group has already stabbed you in the back on multiple occasions... what do you think, is it better to pursue your dreams or be scared into being quiet?

We will not be silent, no. Sorry if that's upsetting but I can't keep my mouth shut when people tell me not to talk. Isn't that what journalism is about? The people at the station agree-- even if real newpeople are a dying breed, we can do what we can to be them, right?

I hope I'm making the right choice.

27 July 2012

Sweet new job!

So I got this excellent gig teaching masterclasses at Pearland High School. I get to teach a section of bass clarinet players (about 6 of them) for two hours a day for two weeks. It's going to be kind of scary because I've never taught anything before at all, but I've certainly got enough experience taking classes and lessons.... Of course, my professor walked me through everything I need to do. He is honestly the reason I've gotten half of my music related jobs; sometimes, when a teaching or playing job comes up that he is too busy for or just doesn't want, he gives people the name of one of his students and then we get called. He's the best teacher I could ever ask for and I can only hope that one day my students will have the same love and respect for me.
But yeah. Wish me luck! I'll have to find somewhere between aloof teacher and too- relatable student teacher (I'm only 19, so I'm not far in age from them). I'll be lots of fun and I'm sure I'll learn an incredible amount by trying to teach the same things to other people. Can't wait!

19 July 2012

 Troy Schultze and St.John Flynn in the studio during The Front Row
 Soprano Stacey Weber and pianist Keith Weber on The Front Row