Here's some pics from the concert and a video I captured during rehearsal. Incredible performance by an exceptional cast.
While the full-time job of teaching middle school can be quite taxing on the music writing career, during summer break I get to live the dream lifestyle better than ever. I feel like I accomplish more in one day than in several weeks during the school year.
I am very excited about the music I've written so far this summer. My current project is Gruff the Musical. I've been working with my collaborators for a few years now to convert what was once Gruff the ten-minute musical, into Gruff the full length show. We are nearing a full draft, so I hope to have a reading or concert of the show soon, depending on how long it takes us to pull it together.
In the meantime, here's a pic of my writing space this summer. Loving every minute.
After two difficult, adventurous, and wonderful years in the BMI Workshop, I presented my final project with collaborator Martin Landry last Tuesday evening. Thank you to everyone that made this possible!
There is much that can be said about Sondheim’s feedback on the works presented last night, but I’ll just share a couple highlights that impressed me:
Just had some songs performed in the Sixfifteen Songwriter Showcase in Manhattan! Click HERE to watch a video of "Tough Life for a Goat."
For those that have followed my blog, you know of the adventure and leap of faith it has been to move to NYC with a family of four, with no job and no home, pursuing a career in musical theatre writing. Over the course of the last year, I’ve auditioned and been accepted to the BMI Workshop for musical theatre writers. I've gone from working at a Staples in Manhattan to being a substitute teacher in Brooklyn. My family and I have lived in an apartment that we repainted and cleaned up ourselves.
And now, a year later, I’ve been hired to work fulltime,
Here's the audio file and script for "Gruff," a ten minute musical adaptation of the classic folk tale The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Lyrics by Paul Schultz and music by myself. Featuring performers Kevin Wanzor, Nathan Brisby, Sean Patterson, and me, with Jonathon Lynch at the piano.
A most wonderful turn of events has taken place. As the Staples job grew more and more demanding of my time and energy, I began contemplating the idea of becoming a substitute teacher. I researched the idea,
I am an auditor no more! During a five minute break at the workshop last monday, one of the directors pulled me aside and explained that one of the first-year composers got a job that required him to drop out of BMI's program. He then asked if I would be willing to take that composers place. To which I replied, Absolutely!
This is great news on so many levels:
It’s hard to believe that I’m here, taking the subway to downtown Manhattan every day. It’s awesome, scary, and wonderful all at the same time. Suddenly moving to New York City, with a family of four, has proven quite challenging and overwhelming. But one miracle at a time, things continue to work out. And thus I’ve decided to write a blog entry of my transition experience,
Just had my Masters Recital last Friday. My sincerest thanks goes out to the many excellent performers and to all that attended. There is so much work that goes into a performance like this, and then the actual performance just flows by in a blur. I feel like the program went extremely well. It is always rewarding to see and hear the realization of my work. To see performers and audience members that are genuinely moved by the music I write is such a gratifying experience. Here's a couple pictures from Friday's performance:
As of last Monday, my newest musical, Joshua's Quest, has been officially submitted to the National Alliance for Musical Theatre to be considered for their Festival of New Musicals! Here's me at the Post Office ( a place I have gotten to know really well as a composer), shipping off the CD;
I was contacted last week by one of my old peers from BYU who is interested in musical theatre writing, and wanted to ask me some questions. I thought my answers to some of the questions might make an interesting blog post: