I am now a little over four days removed from attendance at an event that reinforced my belief in my profession. Not that I really needed any reinforcement – I have always believed in the work that we do – but every once in a while it’s nice to experience a moment that solidifies all of the thoughts and reasons we have for our work.
I spent last week in Santa Clara, California, with 120 high school students from 32 states. The event was the National High School Honors Orchestra, and I had the honor of serving as the chair for the event. With the help of a hand-picked staff of eleven of the best music educators (and dear friends) from all over the country, the guidance of the phenomenal Maestro Raymond Harvey, and lots of administrative assistance from the talented ASTA staff, we brought these 120 individuals together on Tuesday afternoon for a week that one student would later refer to as “one of the best experiences of my life.”Read More