Coordinating the logistics and practicalities of performances and readings of new music can be exhilarating… it can also be quite a bit of intense and occasionally frustrating work. All of the detail work of coordinating schedules, tracking parts, making sure bowings are handled, can sometimes – for a brief second – distract from the excitement of what it is that is actually happening.
There is one part of this job that has consistently been fun, however. Once we’ve determined the selected participants I get the job of calling them to tell them they’ve been selected. This is indescribably fun. It is a little bit like telling someone they’ve just won a new car or the lotto. I’ve had every reaction from people when I’ve given them news to let them know they’ve been selected: ranging from stunned silence or quiet graciousness to out and out laughing/screaming/yelling. Our develolpment director once said to me “I’m so jealous that you get to do that! I want to call them! It’s like you get to be Santa Claus for these composers!”
Im pretty ok with this image. Merry Christmas in July.
-John Glover, Ops Manager