The one sentence I’ve heard more than any other in the last few weeks is ‘Why Guyana?’ followed closely by ‘Where is Guyana?’ (It is here)
Truth be told, a month and a half ago, I didn’t know either.
The opportunity to move to Guyana arose suddenly and was quite unexpected. I interviewed for the position only a month ago and will be arriving there on September 4th. But the offer to develop an orchestra program and develop a culture of appreciation for classical music was simply too good to refuse.
The past 2 1/2 months I’ve been living and working at the Lake of the Woods/Greenwoods summer camp in Decatur, MI. Working with Music Ascension and the best staff ever, we developed a brand new music program. It resulted in the creation of nearly 50 original songs, live performances across camp, and a wealth of new experiences for campers and counselors alike. This was the longest and most intense period of working as a music educator that I’ve had. It was also the most rewarding thing I’ve done in my life. Working with the campers and watching them develop and grow over the course of 4 and 8 weeks was the best thing I’ve done. Working with WorldTeach in Guyana will allow me to continue working with kids (this time with classical music!) and will allow me to continue to share the art form I love.
I’m very excited about this upcoming opportunity. It is a risk and a challenge for sure, but a risk and a challenge that I’m ready to take on. This blog will serve as a place for me to reflect on the experience, the ups and downs, and the adventure that will be the next 9 months in Guyana.
In the time that I’m in Guyana, I will also be finishing up projects for Steve Weiss Percussion Group (sorry I’m so late guys), writing a new work for Wild Rumpus, and will be working on other new composition projects as they develop. I can’t wait for this new adventure.
If you are interested, you can help support my trip to Guyana here: https://www.youcaring.com/mission-trip-fundraiser/a-year-with-worldteach-in-guyana/215686