Robert Meese ‘20: Summer Musical Immersion

Summer 2020

About the Project

My original proposal would have funded my travel and tuition for the Los Angeles Conducting Workshop and Competition as well as travel to the World Youth Wind Orchestra Project in Austria. I was also planning on attending the National Music Festival in Maryland on a full scholarship.

Since these summer festivals were canceled, I instead attended the fully-virtual Medomak Conductor’s Retreat and studied newly purchased orchestral scores, including Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Symphony no. 7,” Benjamin Britten’s “Les Illuminations,” Johannes Brahms’ “Academic Festival Overture,” Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Symphony no. 29,” Igor Stravinsky’s “Suites nos. 1 and 2 for Small Orchestra,” and George Walker’s “Lyric for Strings.” I also purchased a new baton from Mollard Custom Batons upon beginning my Master’s of Music in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Michigan.