It’s the shortest day of the year, the beginning of winter and the end of our Intensive Arts session.  We flew in Steve Mackey, one atom at a time, on Wednesday, hosting him as a Skype guest for our Composition department.  He was a lovely guest, though the method of transportation left him necessarily two-dimensional.

To prepare, our students broke into four groups, each group studying a specific work: Beautiful Passing, Dreamhouse, Lonely Motel, and Physical Property.  Each group gave a report on their piece, discussion followed, then we grilled the composer for ninety minutes.  He answered all of our questions with sincerity, humor and insight.  The whole process was very rewarding.

Now a three-week break before we resume with a gentle January and a fierce February.  Time for me to go jingle some bells.

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