Today I spent the day at Keene State College in Keene, NH talking to a composition class - listening to student works, and discussing my own. It was a wonderful time - the students presented some excellent compositions, and all of the students had insightful things to say about all of the music we discussed. It was a lot of fun.
At the end I handed out a little document I recently put together which lists 18 "tips for young composers." These ideas range from the importance of having a positive attitude to attending conferences and concerts. They are ideas I have thought about over the last few years of being out of school and trying to further my career as a composer. You can read the document here. Enjoy!
Thanks to Keene State and the students for hosting me today, and especially Dr. Heather Gilligan and Dr. James Cheesebrough for organizing my visit!