Dreaming in Technicolor | Caitlyn Kamminga

When I turned forty something changed in my thinking. I had been working my entire adult life towards the best orchestral job I could win. Moving steadily up the ladder, from a tutti position to Assistant Principal and to Principal Double Bass; and then from country to country, better orches-tras, better chairs. Suddenly, it wasn’t […]

Hope | Caitlyn Kamminga

“Dere hope for him yet? Doh know how… What you tink, About Starboy now?” From Corporal’s speech at the end of Act 1, Jab Molassie What originally drew me to Igor Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat as the starting point for an adaptation is its universal story. Underlying it is the Biblical text, “What shall it […]

Transport | Caitlyn Kamminga

In 2011 my colleagues and I, on faculty at the University of Trinidad and Tobago, started a series of concerts called All Together Now! Designed to celebrate the outreach programs we had created in the communities surrounding the capital city of Port of Spain, this was my first opportunity to show off the teacher training […]

The T Word

This is the final post in our January series inspired by an interesting confluence of December submissions from our contributors around how perceptions of who can and can’t make art affect their teaching practice. Enjoy! —Malke Rosenfeld, ALT/space Editor ……………………………………….. Sharing a table with several parents at a school event, conversation came around to my being […]

What I Learned in Summer Camp | Jay Albert

“You’ve got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.” — Charlie Parker Last winter a conversation with some friends gave me an idea to create a summer music camp. We discussed some local camps and other […]

Fun with Little People | Allison Upshaw

Call (me): Hello Mr. Radio Response (students): Hello Mr. Radio Call: Hello Little Cheerios Response: Hello Little Cheerios Call: Hello Sis. Oriole Response: Hello Sis. Oriole Call: Need I tell you Response: Need I tell you Call: That everything here is just fine Response: That everything here is just fine Call: In my mind Response: […]

Finding Common Ground: The Perfect Fit | Allison Upshaw

Approximately 2:30 am Monday, Driving from Atlanta to Louisville Approximately 8:40 am, Arrive at Kentucky Juvenile Facility and begin unloading car 1st Young Man: Morning Ms. Allison! Me: Morning Guys! 2nd Young Man: Can we help you with the equipment? Me: Sure sweetie. I’ll bring the things in from the car and I’ll need you […]