Living and working in a fully residential New England prep school affords precious little free time for pursuing activities outside of that job. I am fortunate in being able to combine my school work with my duties as Music Director of The Boston Cecilia. This involves a weekly run-out from Concord, NH to Boston, MA for rehearsals. The other main professional focus in my life - composing - takes a back seat until the long summer vacation. Then, however, during the months of June, July and August, I take great pleasure in working energetically on various projects; often a couple of commissioned works, occasionally a private project of my own, and most recently preparing a large backlog of unpublished works for publication by Biretta Books.
I am fortunate to live in a beautiful part of the world, and even more fortunate to be able to escape for a stretch of time each summer to the beach with my family. Being by the ocean is a particular passion for all of us, and I find it to be hugely restorative and relaxing. I am not someone who unwinds, detaches or disconnects well. In fact, I feel more relaxed when I am able to multitask, often bouncing from one activity to another, whether it is composing, catching up on e-mail, blogging, dreaming, cooking dinner for the family, swimming, or laying out plans for the coming season. I have found that this combination of activities works best for me, and I am very lucky that my family tolerates this style of living too!
The following narrative gives a picture of what summer has been like this year, and is accompanied by some beautiful photography of the St. Paul's School campus (where we live) taken by a former student, Joon Sung Park.