I had a new experience this past July as a first-time member of the faculty at Music At Port Milford Chamber Music Festival and Summer School. It was great to work, play, and live alongside my colleagues the Afiara Quartet and Angela Park, and I was charmed by the unique set of traditions and daily music making that the camp held dear.
Perhaps foolishly, I packed plenty of composing and related projects for those periods of the day when I would not be occupied by conducting the orchestra or coaching chamber ensembles. Yet, despite really needing to work on my projects, I could not help investigating what the choir and madrigal rehearsals were all about, …. and, once there, … I was hooked. How could I miss a daily rehearsal when there is something so great about singing songs from the 60’s and 70’s with lots of harmony? And madrigals?
Thank you to all the great students and Meg Hill for the wonderful and inspiring time.