My Eastman Bucket List
I'm sure, by now, you haven't heard me stop bringing up my nervousness, anxiousness, and eagerness all in one as I venture my way back to school.
If you're new to my platform, I am officially enrolled full-time at the Eastman School of Music. This year, I will continue to substitute teach, teach private lessons, help out with Stedwells stuff, performing, and writing.
The full-fledged freelance career is a crazy one, but certainly a glorious one! I'm so stinking blessed.
As I begin taking on this new & thrilling opportunity of going back to school, I am itching to get as much out of the experience while giving myself the time to live in the moment. So I came up with a 'bucket list' of things I'd like to tackle over the next two years.
Let's get to it!
COLLABS & GIGS
Although more than one of these performance opportunities would be great, I'm already booked to play for Kitty Xiao's graduate composition recital and I'm so excited!
September 8 - Hatch Hall - 7pm - Hope to see you there!
CONFERENCES / SYMPOSIUMS
Whether it be trekking back to UMich (swoon) by train to conduct some wind ensemble pieces under Haithcock & Snyder Ng (except be less-nervous than my 2014 self), it'd be nice to get away from Rochester - or heck - New York, network around, and gain some inspiration for the school years to come.
GET BACK INTO CONDUCTING
Because it's been way too long.
And I've got a lot of brushing up to do.
CAPSTONE / MASTER’S THESIS
More on this another time but I've already got some ideas brewing.
Who have I become?!
I just wanna play, y'all...
Minus the MM degree...
NETWORK / NETWORK / NETWORK
At first, I'm shy.
Then once you get to know me, I don't shut up (I mean c'mon you're on my blog).
It'd be nice to muster up the courage to interact with those I'll be graduating with instead of just going to class and going home every once in a while.
KEEP GOING, KEEP GOING, KEEP GOING...
Freelancing is a lot of hard work, consisting of juggling several hundred things around in a given week.
Ideally, it'd be nice to continue to post on here while running around between subbing, going to class, performing, teaching privately, etc...
According to my advising sheet, I thought this would have been a given, but others have been beginning to state otherwise... With music education, you're required to student teach for a semester. Simply put, I'll have to pack a hefty course load in order to student teach in Spring 2021 which will set me up nicely to apply for jobs at the same time and hopefully land something!
May 2021 - Graduate
July 2021 - Get hitched
September 2021 - Teach full-time
FIGURE OUT THE WEDDING
Speaking of which...
After looking through my Fall schedule, I'm beginning to question how I'm going to juggle all the freelancing while planning all of the wedding things.
The good news, though, is that I'll be publishing wedding updates to the blog as they appear! If you're engaged and are already getting ready to tie the knot, pop back over here as I check the list of all the things off my to-do list.
FREQUENT FAMILY VISITS
Okay this probably looks sad, being all the way at the bottom of the list, but I am really making it a personal quest to get back home more often. I just made a week-long trip back home at the beginning of August (the first time I've been home for so long in over two years) and realized that this needs to jump back to being more of a priority while we're so close in proximity. On the flip side, continuing to reach out on a regular to see if my family can come out to Rochester will also be at the top of the priority list!
What are some of your favorite college memories?
Let me know down below!