Everything went so well at the SMA – the concerts were among the most fulfilling that I’ve had so far, and it was a perfect opportunity to meet and play with such experienced and accomplished musicians. In fact, the whole experience was such a success that I ended up accepting a full-time faculty position at Frostburg State University, beginning next month. So, I will be moving to Maryland as soon as I return to New York in a couple weeks. How’s that for change and transition!
I don’t think I have pondered any career-related decision more thoroughly than this, as I was not planning on leaving NYC for another year at least. It had not even occurred to me to search for jobs at this point, as I had been surviving more or less off of my teaching and playing activities at Juilliard all this time, while working on my dissertation. However, I have been fortunate to have this opportunity present itself to me, and am very excited to begin this new adventure.
Of course I will still be working on my dissertation over the course of this next year, and I expect that living in the small community of Frostburg should allow me the space, freedom, and relative peace and quiet I need to really focus on my work, in addition to my duties as Collaborative Pianist at FSU. I will also be returning to NYC as schedule allows, not only for my final doctoral obligations and performances, but to visit my many friends that I was not planning to leave so soon!