"I can't stick to doing just one thing"

It's hard to find little me in this big church, but there I am conducting Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik in 2018. If you asked me why, at 22 years old, with no orchestral experience, I decided that I wanted to grab a baton and conduct and orchestra... 

I don't definitively know.

Conducting is connected to everything else I do. It has the leadership aspect of teaching that appeals to me--the pedagogy and the mentorship. In a rehearsal you have to be able to explain what you mean--a thrilling challenge.

But it also has the performance aspect of singing,  and the intellectual, analytical aspect of academia. In a way, it is a culmination of all the skills I've gathered throughout my career.

WHO AM I?

I always answer this with the three descriptives I'm feeling at the time:

SINGER. VOICE TEACHER. MUSIC DIRECTOR.

 

or

CREATOR. EDUCATOR. COMPOSER/ARRANGER.

But who am I beyond these words?

 

  • I'm a 26-year-old woman (as of 2020!) who is often mistaken for someone much younger.

  • I LOVE MY JOB (can you tell?)

  • I have a thirst for knowledge, and a need to share that knowledge (which is why I teach!)

  • I have a passion for design, makeup, and anything aesthetically pleasing.

  • My voice is my main instrument, and singing is my sport 😉

  • I decided it would be a good idea to learn orchestral conducting with no experience playing in orchestra.

  • Sometimes I'm crippled by perfectionism, but I'm actively working on it.

So instead of "who am I?"... What am I?

PERSISTENT. DETAIL-ORIENTED. HARD-WORKING.

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