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Composer Symposium 2011

Well, another Composer Symposium is in the books. Last week was my fourth (or fifth?) time to teach at Pine Lake Music in Atlanta at Joe Martin’s annual get-together. I spent the week with about forty fellow writers of all levels of experience, from beginner to quite accomplished. I saw lots of familiar faces. (The names always return to the memory banks more slowly than the faces. Just ask Kimberly hill, aka Debbie/Cindy.) The registrants come from all over, including this year – South Korea!

Like my past experiences at the workshop, I worked harder than I do any other time of the year, it seemed. But – I had a great time.

Thanks to my hosts, Joe Martin and the wonderful folks at Pine Lake, Scott, Dawn and company.

It was also good to connect with some fellow professionals, whom I rarely see. Lloyd Larson, Patti Drennan and Molly Ijames were my fellow teachers, alongside the indefatigable Joe Martin. (It is a little known fact that with the passing of James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, Joe Martin rightfully assumed the title of “The Hardest Working Man in Show Business.”) Ed Hogan was also at the conference, but we never crossed paths, since we were always teaching at the same times. Sorry, Ed.

So, to everyone who was there last week – I enjoyed it immensely and hope to see you again next year.

(And if you’re wondering when I’m gonna get around to looking at the submissions for the “assignment” class – I’d say – be hopeful for it to be right away. But – don’t hold your breath!)

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