Surreal is the word.
The only word that seems to sum up my experience with this wonderful group of composers.
Though John Mackey invited us to Midwest to gain exposure for our works, he inadvertently aided in bringing people together. I have had an amazing experience in Chicago while exhibiting music. I was able to connect with other composers-from emerging to legends, conductors and directors across the country, and see some familiar faces from home.
I hope this is the beginning of many more similar experiences to come. Through John's generous gesture, each one of the nine composers who were able to attend has broadened our network of friends, collaborators, and colleagues. Not only is John's music inspirational and truly awesome in every sense of the word, his generosity and interest in helping others has hopefully lit a fire in the music world.
Until next time...