A few thoughts before the seminar.
Each Wednesday afternoon, Longy School of Music‘s Chair of Vocal and Keyboard Studies, Brian Moll gathers a talented group of singers and collaborative pianists together. Of the many seminars I have given, this group was one of the most diverse in their experience, interests and backgrounds that I had ever worked with.
I think that diversity of perspectives, combined with a highly-supportive environment created just the right recipe for what was, I believe, my best seminar to date. So much of the impact of these seminars is determined before I even walk in the door. The academic season, the interpersonal climate or even the timing of the event during the day play huge roles.
I was also delighted to have several distinguished guests participate in the seminar: Brian Moll, Karyl Ryczek and Sarah Bellott.
A message from Sarah Bellott, Student Services Coordinator at Boston University School of Music. Sarah and I had met at the NETMCDO conference in January in NYC. She is a very intelligent, energetic and creative counselor; we were all fortunate to have her insights.
Our new E-Workbook may have also shaped this dialogue to be just a bit more focused that normal. Students downloaded and began tinkering with the workbook before the session. In addition to saving time, perhaps this pre-install helps prepare the participants, giving the session some context.
I also reviewed resumes before the session, which helped us jump right in to deeper conversations. My feedback and edits seemed to be very valuable for the singers and pianists alike. We were able to review some patterns that I noticed, such as alignment issues, too many fonts, too many font sizes, too creative with colors and lines, significant experiences not highlighted well, multiple page resumes, and wasted space with wordy section headers.
Several students had such genuine interest and earnest curiosity about my approach that we continue follow-up conversations over phone and email even now, weeks following the seminar. Longy School of Music is a gem and I am excited to continue work with them in the years to come!