Well, it's official! This fall I will start working on my Ph.D in Music Composition at the University of Chicago. They offered me a full fellowship and I formally accepted! While I'm extremely excited for this new chapter of my life, I'm also extremely nervous. I've been out of school for almost a year and while I have been busy composing, teaching, completing grad school applications (much more work than I thought), and working my day job, I'm afraid that my academic stamina has dropped significantly.
Don't get me wrong, this gap year has been tremendously rejuvenating. My junior and senior years were stressful, to say the least, and I deeply needed this break from school. It has given me the much needed time to develop my voice a bit on my own as a composer and explore other aspects of my skill-set. However, this break was most illuminating in that it made me realize how much I miss school and that grad school really was the route that I wanted to go. Also illuminating was a recent Prospective Students Day visit to UChicago, although mostly in how much grueling work these next few years will be.
So, here I am: excited and terrified at the thought of school and scrambling to find a way to train for the intense five years that await me. One of the ways I'm starting to train is by analyzing a piece of music every week. I'm trying to limit it to electronic or 20th/21st-century music, preferably works that don't have a lot of scholarship.
So, stay tuned and if you have any suggestions for pieces, please let me know!
Here is the current list of pieces I want to analyze.
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