It’s hard to believe that the 2011 Summer Symposium is over. Today, I’m writing from a much quieter space – my cubicle at the Music for All office in Indianapolis. It’s good to be home, and I was thrilled to see my family again. But, I also find myself feeling nostalgic, and the quiet of our office is a stark contrast to the music, laughter, hustle and bustle that was all around at camp.
Symposium was a positively life-changing experience for me, and I hope it was for all participants as well. Even though this was my third Symposium, it’s still always amazing for me to see so many musicians and music-enthusiasts gathered on one campus for the purpose of celebrating and learning about the power of music and music education. Music holds a very special place in my heart, and it is truly satisfying to see what so many musicians can do when given a week to rehearse and perform together. The final performances on Saturday were a true testament to all the hard work the students put in over the course of the week.
Saturday and Sunday were quite busy so today has been my first chance to take a deep breath and really reflect on what I experienced last week at Summer Symposium. Last night, I took a moment to watch the Symposium Highlight video montage a second time. (You can find it here if you haven’t had a chance to view this video yet.) It was wonderful to see so many smiling faces, and I find myself already looking forward to next year’s Symposium. Seeing students experience life-changing musical experiences is reenergizing and revitalizing – it reminds me why I do what I do, and why music education is so important.
I was so impressed with all the students at this year’s Symposium. I hope to see many back next year. We’re already starting to think about the 2012 Symposium. I hope to see you there.
Until next year,