Two weeks ago today was the first day of classes here at Carthage - and I think for me (and probably for a lot of my music colleagues) it was a First Day fraught with more uncertainty than usual. The reason is simple: On a day filled with the joy of welcoming back returning students
In the midst of a really fantastic weekend (which included a thrilling 140th anniversary Carthage band concert, an exciting Carthage choral concert, and a beautiful Mother’s Day/Springtime Celebration service at Holy Communion) I have to say that one tiny moment that really stands out for me was a brief chat I had with a
Well, I can’t say that it was quite as sensational as the night that Marilyn Monroe serenaded JFK, but eleven Carthage students and I did our part to make today a most memorable birthday for Carthage’s new president, Dr. Gregory Woodward. But it was a fun gig that very nearly did not happen at all.
Some of you may recognize those words as the opening line a familiar Lutheran hymn- I thought it might be an interesting way to begin talking about what is bound to be one of the most profound and moving experiences of my professional life. Weston Noble is here- the brilliant choral conductor under whose baton