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    A Different Role

    Recently I met with one of my former professors, a terrific mentor and now colleague.  Addressing him by his first name is a bit surreal after many years of sitting in his classroom.  The purpose of the meeting began rather selfishly:

    1. We both enjoy a good cup of coffee.
    2. I needed to retrieve my graded final paper in hopes of using it as a writing sample should I ever need to submit one.
    3. I am one of those academic types that actually enjoys research and I wanted to bounce around a few ideas.

    Conversation led from one thing to another, from suggestions for expansion of that final research topic from a different perspective, to my family, my work at J.W. Pepper and the proverbial “so, now what?”

    Does that question ever go away?  His answer of course was one that I and many of you already know — no, it does not.  No matter what the circumstance, our role simply changes.  After more than one cup of great coffee,  I came away with lots of other suggestions and advice as well!

    That is the beautiful and lasting thing about teachers that have touched our lives — we never stop wanting their advice.   Perhaps we can all do more to take on the role of giving good counsel to others in the field of music.  I will start here with sharing this interesting article from the New York Times about openings at the nation’s major orchestras:

    Need a Job? Help Wanted at the N.Y. Philharmonic

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    Tiffany Woodshttp://jwpepper.com
    Holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Horn Performance with a concentration in Historical Performance Practice, Literature & Pedagogy from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Her students have been consistent winners of ensemble auditions, solo competitions, all-state tryouts, and college auditions. She has most recently been invited to perform at the 2011 Northeast Horn Conference in New Hampshire on natural horn and is an active freelance musician, studio teacher and music education advocate. J.W. Pepper - Winston-Salem.

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