"My understanding and respect for what a conductor does has expanded ten-fold, having now attempted to walk in those shoes (or literally stand on that podium and wield that baton)! But as we know, many conductors "out there" don't have the talent or skill or devotion to actually realize the comprehensive and complex elements that you taught us to weave into our work. Your unique conducting and musical abilities are truly inspiring, as you demonstrate the highest level in every aspect of your craft. Your love and passion for music are infectious. Not every great musician is a good teacher, but you are, and show respect for your students of all levels at all times. You are never condescending and your supportive guidance is the perfect platform for growth and learning.
Although I don't know if I will have the time or space in my curriculum and schedule to take another conducting course, I hope that someday I will have the opportunity to study with you again. I am so thankful to have taken my Instrumental Conducting journey with you and begin my doctoral studies with such a profoundly impactful musical experience.
With tremendous appreciation,
Head Teaching Assistant, Vocal Arts
USC Thornton School of Music.