Tuesday, September 20, 2011

"Moving Right Along"

Well it's been a good while since I've posted, but I'm still here.

So much has happened in my life in such a short space of time. After my summer at Morgan State, I left there very sure that Baltimore offered the kind of atmosphere that I needed. Upon returning to New York I thought it was a good idea for Etta and me to go back and check out the possibilities of relocating. Like myself she, too, fell in love with the landscape and the more peaceful lifestyle Maryland offerred. So now we've checked out travel time between New York and Maryland and find it totally possible to commute and stay committed to our responsibilities in NYC while enjoying the excitement of new artistic ground in Maryland.

So, drum roll, please...we are settling into a lovely, modest little house in Baltimore which is a breath of fresh air, especially for our Jack Russell terrier, Pepe.

Now begins a new semester for me at The New School and at Mannes. A dear friend has offered a lovely space for us to live on the days we have to stay over in New York: I will even be able to teach my private students at her home, Etta will be able to finish the course she's taking at The New School, and Pepe will always be in familiar territory. I will continue writing my memoir and consider this adventure another moment to expound upon.

I should have also mentioned that a week after we started looking around Baltimore for housing, Etta was given a couple of recommendations for possible teaching positions. Both were positive and she was hired immediately by the position most suitable.

We owe our good fortune to real estate broker Bessie Conway, the wife of Eric Conway the Chair at Morgan State. Mrs.Conway took special care of us and were it not for her this move would not have been so smooth. We are ever in her debt. On the other hand I would not have been at Morgan State had it not been for Vincent Dion Stringer, Artistic Director for the Vocal Department, who hired me to be a part of the Summer Opera Workshop faculty. Our sincere thanks to you Eric, Vincent, and Bessie for all your support.