Paul Looney, gifted artist here in T Town and singer in University Singers, painted my portrait while he was convalescing from back surgery. I was stunned when he presented it to me. He painted it from a photograph of me conducting Britten's REJOICE IN THE LAMB, ".....for I am in twelve hardships.....poor silly fellow....." I will cherish this gift for a lifetime! THANK YOU PAUL
One of my former students, Jared Bradshaw who is a singer/actor in New York, convinced me to build a website over ten years ago. So, I did. At first, it was daunting, and then it became an adventure, and ultimately, it was time-consuming. And yet, it does provide a means to communicate with family, friends, and interested parties about what is going on in my life and career. Some 57000 hits later, I realize the importance of this international medium.
The power of the internet is obvious, but I was reminded of its uniqueness and vastness when I received an email this fall from a conductor in Spain who heard my composition, I AM, on my website, and he will perform the work with his choir next year. This is wonderful, and it wouldn't have been possible without the internet.
Recently, I was reminded by a dear friend that my website was the manner by which she and her family keep up with me. I had not updated the site in some time. Thus, some much-needed changes are being made. It will take some time to make changes. But, they will come.
There is a veritable plethora of information and photographic documentation here about my life and work, enough to put you to sleep; however, I am delighted that you have taken the time to make this visit.
New to the website: Two new compositions: UNA LACRIMA and ON THE WIND (New compositions tab); Photographic documentation of University Singers' performance tour of South Korea in May 2011 (Korea 2011 tab and in progress); and the Druid City Arts Award, Musician of the Year 2011 (Druid City tab).
I have tried to add a blog icon to the site. Please write your thoughts. It would be fascinating to see who is visiting and what you are thinking.