It hardly seems possible, but it’s been a full 2 1/2 months since I moved to Boston and started my new job as Chair of the String Department of Berklee College of Music. The past six months have been an incredible whirlwind of change, activity, and learning. Beyond all the adjustments and busyness, I feel a tremendous joy and excitement: I get to serve and lead what is arguably the most creative string department in higher education.
I have been looking forward to Mondays more than I have in years. I sense that my ear, technique, and rhythm improve each week as I work to stay one step ahead of my students and as I hear other teachers imparting wisdom through the walls. New opportunities surface each week as I learn of new job responsibilities, or find myself faced with unexpected opportunities. (The latter has ranged from needing to redesign Berklee’s summer string program to being called to play “Songs in the Key of Life” with Stevie Wonder. -More on that soon!)
I have much more to share, but for now, I’ll do it through a couple of media items. The December 2014 edition of Strings magazine includes a cover story about my transition from New York City to Berklee written by Rory Williams. It’s rare that something another person writes or says about me brings tears to my eyes, but this article really got the story right- including some particularly difficult parts of my musical journey.
You might also enjoy a fun video describing some of my job responsibilities that I posted to my YouTube channel. One of the major roles of my new job is to recruit students, and this particular video targets my high school audience (hence the more informal style):