Although I dearly love this time of year, it is also one of the most difficult times. For the past 30 years, I’ve always found it terribly difficult to see my seniors leave. Every year, I have three or four students that I’ve taught 12 to 13 years.
This year, I will see nine students off to college. Four are going into music education, two will major in musical theater, and the other three will major in film production, finance, and nursing. Four of these nine wonderful young adults have been with me for 13 years. Two have been with me for seven years, and the other three have been with me for four and five years.
The past several weeks I’ve attended a number of final performances, all featuring my seniors as soloists. While it is always exciting to see how much they’ve grown musically, and in other areas of their life, I still get a lump in my throat knowing our time together will soon end. I always feel for the band and choir directors as they watch their students leave the stage for the last time.
So, Mark, Laurel, Samantha, Rob, Rebecca, David, Mitchell, Cassie, and Devin… thank you for your tremendous dedication and hard work, your devotion to your school music programs, and for making my life so much richer for being a part of it.
Know you are loved…