by Jeffrey Carter

I don’t know why November seems to be the busiest month of the semester, but it does!

Part of the busy-ness comes from advising appointments, graduation reviews, deferred projects that are suddenly on deadline.  Part of it is that budgeting for the next fiscal year is in full swing.  Part of it, for us at least, is that we are heavy into the NASM self-study that is due at the end of this year.

I’m in San Diego right now, where I’m attending the annual conference of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).  Interest sessions and plenary meetings fill my next few days.  The location is spectacular, as the Manchester Grand Hyatt is sumptuous, waterside, filled with great views, and within walking distance of a number of fine restaurants.

Our choral search is under way.  The search committee will have days of activity ahead of them in Janaury.

The month at the office has also been filled with concerts and recitals.  My students are singing on most every Thursday recital now.  The Webster University Symphony Orchestra performed last Sunday in an all-Mozart concert.  All of our choral ensembles perform tomorrow (Sunday) in a concert for Saint Cecilia.

And our first round of new-student auditions is in two weeks!