I just want to take a moment to reassure readers that this blog is still in business, despite a recent absence of posts. This year it simply proved impossible to find time to blog during the course of the Rose City International Conductor’s Workshop, and since returning I’ve been more drawn to spending time with family and tidying my library. That’s not to say there are not things on my mind- I have lots to say about my final week at OES Camp and what I’ve learned and gained from 9 years building and working in our youth programs. There’s also a big Haydn post or two to write- after all, I’ve just dealt with a huge pile of his scores over the summer, and there is more to come as I get started on a new season in Guildford come September. I have a lot to say about my dear friend, Michael Steinberg, who taught me so much and who made me laugh more times than any other musicologist. Finally, there’s the workshop, my baby, where each I year I learn so much about my craft and about people. which was especially interesting and full of surprises this year. It is just that, at this moment, I still don’t feel the words are fresh enough to tackle any of those. In the meantime, I’ve been mixing a bit of DIY with some late programming for the coming season and writing a few dozen well-deserved thank you’s.

In the meantime, go to some concerts, eat some barbeque and check in soon, maybe even tomorrow….

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American conductor, composer and cellist Kenneth Woods is Principal Conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Colorado MahlerFest and cellist of the string trio Ensemble Epomeo. He records for the Avie, Somm, Nimbus, Signum, MSR and Toccata labels.

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