Daily Archives: June 19, 2013


Hyatt at the Arch, Saint Louis.–

We are at coffee break time at the League of American Orchestras annual conference. I’m attending a portion of today’s events as a first-time attendee. The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra made arrangements for partners to register free of charge; I took advantage, of course.

The exhibit hall is filled with agents and publishers. Pops and comic concerts seem to be a big deal! (I suppose that concerts of that ilk are great audience builders.) I visited for a while with a team who help in career development, and think we may have some opportunity to enrich our student experience with their help.

Rob Shay from Mizzou is here; we visited for a few minutes. And I spent a few seconds with Gene Dobbs Bradford, Executive Director of Jazz St. Louis. I waved at some SLSO folk; they’re out in full force, of course. And I talked to a few people who are piggy-backing from the Conductors Guild conference that concluded earlier this week.

My next event is a Digital Media workshop, after which I head to lunch at home and then to the office for a full afternoon of meetings and tasks. Rob Shay mentioned his ‘A’ list and ‘B’ list for the summer. I’m pretty much through my ‘A’ list, which is good, since I have only four more office days before departing for the UK. When I return, the run-up to the beginning of school is in full swing and any other planning and longer-term work will take a back seat.


Tonight = Spamalot at the Muny. Charlie Ingram (my senior music theatre major) is singing the pre-show at the gazebo. Jacob Lacopo (Webster alum and former student) is in the show. And I’m looking forward to seeing Eli Wedel, a former student from Ball State, in Saint Louis for a few days.


I first traveled to the UK in 1995, going then with the choir of Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kansas City.  We finished that trip with a week-long residency at Westminster Abbey.

In preparation for my latest UK excursion, here are three shots from that most amazing adventure 18 years ago:

I'm seated on the berm outside of Sir Walter Scott's home, Abbotsford, in southern Scotland, looking out toward the River Tweed.
I’m seated on the berm outside of Sir Walter Scott’s home, Abbotsford, in southern Scotland, looking out toward the River Tweed. Monday, 31 July 1995.
With the choir in the gardens of Westminster Abbey after our final Evensong there in August 1995. I’m seated at the right end of the front row. Sunday, 13 August 1995.
With my friend, colleague, and mentor John Schaefer, Canon Musician at Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral, with the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey behind us, in Yorkshire.