Before diving into 2018, and the list that is waiting, a look back at 2017:
Made a website. (January)
Started an Instagram account. (January)
Co-led a talk at my first conference, NUMUS Northwest, on facilitating collaborative composition. (January)
Co-founded Kaboom City Music, LLC which provides a variety of music classes to students ages 2-12. (February)
Co-led and completed a collaborative composition project with students from Path With Art, based on the theme "We are all here" as part of the Seattle Symphony's Simple Gifts Initiative. Performed by the students themselves and Seattle Symphony musicians at the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall. (March)
For the third year in a row, was one of the arrangers for the Seattle Symphony's Lullaby Project. (April)
Began my summer project, which extended into winter, that combined my love of space and physics with composing and experimented with new compositional methods. Thank you to everyone that helped! (June)
Finished a piano piece based on a friend's philosophy's addressing what it means to be a composer. Third and Fourth Movements were performed at the Composer Salon by Christopher Morris-Lent. (July)
The Questionable Efforts of Monkey was performed at the LA Art Share by Strange Interlude and Kaley Lane Eaton. (July)
Began collaborating on a new musical with Emily Cawley to be read through in February of 2018. (July)
Began the process of putting together THINGS THAT BREAK, a multidisciplinary concert experience with Becky Aitken, Sonya Harris, and Aimee Hong. Save the date for April 6. (September)
The Multiverse, the final movement of my summer project, was performed at the first Kin of the Moon concert by Kaley Lane Eaton, Leanna Keith, and Heather Bentley. (November)
Performed violin for the first time in three years. (December)
Received the 4Culture Tech Specific Grant for THINGS THAT BREAK. (December)
And delightfully, have made my living solely through musical work.
On the non-musical side, I also took my first solo trip and crossed off another 5 places on my 150 best places in the world to get a beer.
All and All, despite the status of the world, we create. Thank you to everyone I have been lucky enough to create with this past year and looking forward to the next.