After promising many I would blog about my experiences at the Conductor's Retreat at Medomak, I failed to. Thus, now that the retreat is coming to a close, I am happy to report that the experience has been far more valuable and educational than I could have possibly anticipated. My conducting has been transformed by working with Maestro Kiesler and the rest of the faculty here. Truly a special place and a special program!
I am looking forward now to the Eastman Summer Conducting Institute at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. I will fly out of Portland, Maine at 5:30 AM on Sunday morning (yikes!) to arrive in Rochester in time for Sunday morning classes (with a very inconvenient layover at Dulles). There I will conduct Mozart's "Haffner" Symphony with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Here's the first movement of the symphony.