Every time I go on break from college, I make it my business to utilize my free time for professional development.  As a music educator, I take every opportunity over breaks to assist choral programs in my hometown with events, volunteer to do office work or work in the music libraries, or even just sit... Continue Reading →

Church on a Friday

On Friday, September 21st my vocal studio was gifted tickets to the recital of Lawrence Brownlee and Eric Owens, accompanied by Craig Terry at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, TX.  All of these performers are internationally recognized, so the opportunity to see a live performance was one we were willing to make a five... Continue Reading →

Friday Recital

The Process At Lamar University, students who are majoring in music are required to attend at least sixteen live performances each semester.  Because of this requirement, students have the opportunity to witness multiple arts outside of their own (instrumentalists witness vocal performances and vice versa).  To give students multiple recital credit opportunities, and to allow... Continue Reading →

Javelins, Cannons, and Glory

Symphony of Southeast Texas (SOST) In 1953, the Beaumont Symphony Society founded SOST, which was formerly known as the Beaumont Symphony Orchestra. Their goal was to promote an appreciation for symphonic music, as well as give students an opportunity to witness a live orchestra, furthering music education in the region.  Currently, Maestro Chelsea Tipton II... Continue Reading →

MLK 50

Fifty years ago today, America was in a state of complete shock.  Headlines everywhere read that the leader of one of America's greatest movements was dead.  April 4th, 1968 will forever be remembered as the day Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Fifty years later, his legacy lives on. In my Honors American History... Continue Reading →

Houston Health Museum: BioRhythm

This past weekend my roommate and I took a trip to the museum district in Houston.  She is a speech pathology major, so we figured the Biorhythm exhibit would be a great learning opportunity for both of us.  Upon entering the exhibit, we were quite underwhelmed.  Not only was there not much to look at... Continue Reading →

Honors Dance Appreciation

Although this class was an honors class rather than a creative endeavor, I felt the need to share my experience throughout this course. On our first day in class, the professor said "If your advisor told you this was a dance history class and that you wouldn't dance, they lied."  As a musician who strictly... Continue Reading →

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