Here is a quick update about the books. If you remember Lorenz gave me 25 copies of my piano book, "My Redeemer," to give to the students in India. I can not say enough about the company and the people who work for them. They truly have a way of making this farm boy feel like a VIP. The books came in the mail last week and I am getting them ready to ship. I also started a Crowdrise fundraiser in order to provide "Conducting Techniques" by Brock McElheran for the students that will be in my conducting class. The college does not have a text book and this little book is going to be a great resource for them. I originally requested $150 dollars thinking I could get the books I needed and then be able to ship those books along with the piano books from Lorenz. Well the conducting books are no longer in print and I can get copies but they vary in cost since I had to buy them from individuals selling them on Amazon. I did manage to get 10 books for $147. I put out a second plea for donations and raised the amount to $250. That will allow me to get the books and also get them shipped to the college. Well it only took about 2 days and I got $325 for the project. I can't thank everyone enough who donated to the cause. You all ROCK... and you know who you are! As soon as all the conducting books get here from Amazon, they will be on their way to the Asian Christian College of Music.
Please continue to pray as I am in the middle of outlining and writing lesson plans for the three classes I will be teaching. I am also getting excited to make the trip but a little nervous about being away from home for so long. I am also praying that I will quickly adjust to my temporary home so I will be effective as I teach and can truly enjoy my time there and my time with the students.
Until next time!
I wanted to take this next blog post and express my thanks to Kris Kropff and the Lorenz Corporation. As many of you know I have a number of pieces published with Lorenz and this past spring my first piano book, "My Redeemer" came out with Lillenas (Lorenz owns the keyboard division of Lillenas). I really wanted to be able and leave something with the students in India that would be a reminder of our time together. My piano book seemed like the perfect choice. I found out from Abraham the number of students in my composition class would be around 25. I wrote to Kris at Lorenz about getting books for the students. I sent the email late in the evening and when I woke the next morning there was a reply from Kris saying that Lorenz would be honored to provide the books for my students. 25 comp copies were in the mail the same day just a few hours after getting her email. You rock, Kris! What a great company! I am one of many, many composers who write for Lorenz but I always feel like a VIP when I have emailed about anything. They have compassionate and giving people who work for them and they go out of their way to make you feel special. Thanks to Lloyd Larson and Larry Shackley for being amazing editors to work with as well. Also a big thanks to all the people behind the scenes that make Lorenz a success. Boy, this is starting to feel a little like an acceptance speech, please forgive me for rambling. I would like to thank my wife, my kids...
I also would like to tell you about another way you can be involved in this trip. I will be teaching a conducting class. It will have 8-10 students in it. They do not have a text and I found a gem of a book called Conducting Techniques For Beginners and Professionals by Brock McElheran. It is an exceptional book that will benefit the students. I would like to purchase a copy for each student and also be able to leave a few at the college with Abraham. They are only $8. So I have set up a Crowdrise account for $150. This would allow me to purchase 12-15 books and then ship them along with the piano books from Lorenz over to India so I don't have to carry them in my luggage. If you are interested in helping with this cost, click on the widget below and make a donation. I would LOVE to have you partner with me.
Until next time!
This blog will journal my experiences as I prepare to go overseas this July and teach at the Asian Christian College of Music in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala in India.