Monday, December 16, 2013

Meaningful Music

In November, I completed my final graduate recital. The program included:

Bach: Flute Partita in A minor
Richardson: French Suite
Bakaleinikoff: Elegy
Ewazen: Oboe Concerto No. 2, “Hold Fast Your Dreams”

It was a challenging program, especially because it was difficult (or flat out impossible) to find good recordings of these pieces. This meant that I had to work a lot harder to learn the repertoire, but I really enjoyed all of these pieces and I was really looking forward to sharing them with my audience.

The piece that I was most excited for was the Ewazen. I think that all musicians have a composition that is very dear to their heart, and the second Ewazen concerto is mine.

Two summers ago, in 2011, I first heard Linda Strommen play this piece during a recital at Interlochen as part of the Advanced Oboe Institute. I instantly fell in love with it and wanted to perform it myself, but it had not yet been published.

The following summer, in 2012, I again heard Linda Strommen play this concerto, this time during the faculty recital at the John Mack Oboe Camp. Hearing the piece again only confirmed my desire to play it, even though it still had not been published.

When the piece was finally available for purchase in 2013, I jumped on the opportunity. That summer, I was also fortunate enough to meet Eric Ewazen when he came to Interlochen to work with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra as they prepared to perform his Triple Trombone Concerto.

Although I had instantly fallen in love with the piece, it had become even more special to me over the years. It reminded me of Linda Strommen, who has always been an incredible inspiration to me, and of the John Mack Oboe Camp, where I have learned a lot over the years. It reminded me of my first summer at Interlochen, when I was new to the music library field, and of my last summer at Interlochen, when I worked with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra -- a group that will always be very, very special to me.

This piece reminded me of the things I love most, and represented the things that have helped me most to grow. I first heard this piece when I was just starting to think about what I wanted to do with my life. Two years and many memories later, I performed it, having chosen a direction and knowing that I was truly capable of accomplishing it. It's been an incredible journey, and I couldn't think of a better end to my final graduate recital.

What piece is very special to you? Share in the comments!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

"Art Lives Here," Take Two

"Art lives here." This is Interlochen's motto, and for good reason. There are literally hundreds of performances that take place during the camp season. No matter your interests, there's something for you at Interlochen. Below is a list of what I was able to experience this summer :)

6/15: Advanced Oboe Institute faculty recital
6/19: PRISM Quartet
6/23: A First Gathering
6/29: World Youth Wind Symphony
6/30: World Youth Symphony Orchestra
7/3: Intermediate Wind Symphony
7/5: Junior Band
7/7: World Youth Symphony Orchestra
7/8: Collage
7/9: Collage
7/11: Intermediate Jazz
7/12: Intermediate Wind Symphony and Intermediate Symphony Orchestra
7/12: High School Jazz
7/14: World Youth Symphony Orchestra
7/16: Harry Connick, Jr.
7/17: Steve Miller Band
7/19: Junior Band
7/21: Interlochen Philharmonic with Festival Choir
7/21: World Youth Symphony Orchestra
7/28: World Youth Symphony Orchestra
8/1: High School Honors Chamber Recital
8/2: Junior Choir & Junior Band
8/3: Intermediate Wind Symphony and Intermediate Symphony Orchestra
8/4: Interlochen Singers and World Youth Honors Choir
8/4: Interlochen Philharmonic
8/4: World Youth Symphony Orchestra and Les Preludes
8/7: Adult Band Camp Faculty Recital
8/8: ZZ Top
8/10: Adult Band Camp Chamber Music Recital
8/11: Adult Band Camp
8/12: Josh Groban
8/13: Mauchley Duo
8/14: Enso Quartet

I didn't get to attend as many performances as I did last year because I was in a new position that demanded more of my time. Nevertheless, I think I did pretty well :)

Monday, August 12, 2013

Adult Band Camp

This was my second year working post-camp. For library staff, post-camp entails one week of Adult Band Camp followed by one week of the Adult Chamber Music program.

During Adult Band Camp (ABC), the musicians have band rehearsal in the morning, sectionals and chamber music in the afternoon, and various performances in the evening. At the end of the week, participants have a chamber music recital.
ABC Brass Choir

The band performed:

The Star-Spangled Banner - Jack Stamp (arr.)
National Emblem - E E Bagley
Festive Overture - Dimitri Shostakovich
"Gandalf" from The Lord of the Rings - Johann de Meij
Lux Aurumque - Eric Whitacre
Garden of the Gods (World Premiere) - Robert Burns
Eternal Father Strong to Save - Claude T. Smith
Kaddish - Francis McBeth
Gibraltar March - Richard Waterer
Them Basses - G H Huffine
Adult Band Camp
Adult Band Camp

The band sight-read:

Pathfinder of Panama - John Philip Sousa
La Fiesta Mexicana - H. Owen Reed
Lincoln Portrait - Aaron Copland
Cityscape I - David Holsinger
Colonial Song - Percy Grainger
Elegy for a Young American - Ronald Lo Presti
The Magnificent Seven - Elmer Bernstein/arr. Phillippe
Finnish Folk Song Suite - Jan Van der Roost

I really enjoy working with ABC because all of the musicians are so incredibly nice. The majority of them return every year, so they're very friendly with one another and have a lot of fun. I enjoyed last year, but the second was even better. Many of the participants remembered me, and they really made me feel welcome. I even got an official ABC shirt :)

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Les Preludes

Les Preludes is the final, and most important, performance of the summer. All of the students in the high school ensembles (World Youth Symphony Orchestra, Interlochen Philharmonic, and World Youth Wind Symphony) come together after the final WYSO concert of the summer to play Liszt's tone poem Les Preludes.
Tuesday night Les Preludes rehearsal

As I mentioned in my last post, Les Preludes requires two extra rehearsals. The first is on Tuesday evening, and the second is on Saturday morning at 7am.
Saturday morning Les Preludes rehearsal
Although this is the last time that the musicians play together, this performance also represents new beginnings. It's an extremely emotional event, and afterwards it's incredibly common to see students crying and hugging one another, all while trying to take some last minute photos before leaving camp in the morning.

Reserved seating
For ensemble librarians, it's one of our biggest challenges of the summer. Getting music back from students is difficult enough, but getting it back from 350 students in the midst of the chaos following the performance adds a whole new level of difficulty!

Reserved seating
However, we do get the perk of reserved seating! Immediately following the performance, every librarian (including reference interns) springs into action. As WYSO librarian and a two-time Les Preludes veteran, it was my job to plan our strategy. Every librarian was assigned an exit to The Bowl, and we went to our assigned exits and collected music from every student as they left the venue.

It was another smooth year, and I'm so grateful for my co-workers and all of their wonderful work in making it such a success!
As always, the performance was fantastic and its symbolism was powerful.

To the end of one chapter, and the beginning of the next.
Les Preludes

Thursday, August 8, 2013

WYSO, Week 6

A rainy rehearsal in The Bowl
Each year that I've worked at Interlochen, Week 6 has been the busiest. The high school ensembles have two extra rehearsals for Les Preludes, the final performance of the season, and the high school orchestras have an extra rehearsal on Monday, which is traditionally their day off. It's a busy time for everyone on campus, and this year was no different!

For the final WYSO performance of the summer, Jung-Ho Pak returned to the podium. He led the orchestra in a performance of Stella Sung's Loco-Motion and the Prelude and Liebestod from Wagner's Tristan und Isolde.

Although Loco-Motion had been written two years earlier, we still had a few changes to the music, including a new ending to the piece that had been written for us by the composer. The new ending was written after the music had been distributed, so I had to coordinate changing the last page of every musician's part. It was great to communicate with the conductor, and the collaboration between the composer, conductor, and librarian was a great learning experience. The piece came together quite nicely, and you can listen to the recording at the composer's website.

Jung-Ho Pak conducting the World Youth Symphony Orchestra
Joined by soprano soloist Molly Fillmore, the Wagner was the final piece that WYSO 2013 would play together. Although technically it was among the easiest pieces of the summer, it was one of the most challenging musically. It was a great test of concentration and musical maturity, and the musicians delivered.
The World Youth Symphony Orchestra with soprano soloist Molly Fillmore
As is tradition, WYSO's final concert was followed by Les Preludes. I'll discuss that in more detail in my next post!
Jung-Ho Pak conducting the World Youth Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

WYSO, Week 5

In the high school division, students audition every two weeks for the chance to change orchestras and/or chair placements. Week 5 began the final rotation, which meant that the last set of music went out!

WYSO folders for the final rotation, Weeks 5 and 6

Week 5 also brought a new guest conductor to the podium. Andreas Delfs, conductor laureate of the Milwaukee Symphony, led the orchestra in a performance of Wagner's Flying Dutchman Overture and Brahms's Second Symphony.

The biggest surprise came before the concert. Traditionally, it is the orchestra librarian's job to collect the conductor's scores and place them on the podium. When I found Maestro Delfs before the concert, he told me that he was not going to use scores for the performance. A member of the stage crew removed the conductor's stand from the stage, and many of the musicians' eyes widened. It was the first time that many people, myself included, had seen a conductor perform an entire concert without his scores! (For more about conducting from memory, I recommend reading Paul Hostetter's blog post on the topic.)

By this point of the summer, things had settled in to a routine. The final auditions were complete, and we still had a week until Les Preludes. Campus was pretty relaxed, and we even had the chance to celebrate Christmas in July! Stage Services had a Christmas tree, and its decorations evolved throughout the day. Week 5 was the calm before the storm :)

Stage Services's Christmas tree at 8am
Stage Services's Christmas tree at 11am

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

WYSO, Week 4

Week 4 was another fantastic week. Jung-Ho Pak was once again at the podium, this time leading the orchestra through a performance of an NPR Medley and Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony.

The NPR Medley was a fun piece because we had the composer, B.J. Liederman, with us. He attended rehearsals, provided his expertise, and played piano with the orchestra.

Composer B.J. Liederman with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra

There was a major logistical issue with this concert, as the piano had to move from the front of the stage for the NPR Medley to the back of the stage for the Shostakovich. A stage change like this is always challenging, but this case was extreme because there was no intermission!

The process required violinists to leave their seats very quickly at the conclusion of the NPR Medley so that the stage crew could move all of their chairs and stands out of the way (there were 32 chairs and 16 stands!) and move the piano to the back of the stage. The stage crew then had to reset the violin section and the violinists had to retake their seats and get re-situated very quickly to begin the Shostakovich.

It was a complicated process that was originally estimated to require twenty minutes. However, the stage crew is absolutely fantastic and, after a few test runs, more than halved that estimate.

Mid-stage change
Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony was the piece that most excited the musicians. From the very first day of camp, they were practicing those excerpts in hopes of claiming a seat in WYSO for the performance. During the first few weeks of camp, students would come to the library and study Shostakovich, rather than the pieces that they were supposed to be preparing to perform that week. When the first rehearsal finally arrived, energy levels were very, very high. The musicians had been looking forward to this for weeks, and that enthusiasm was obvious.

As always, Maestro Pak did a fantastic job of teaching the students about the piece and its background. The Fifth Symphony is subtitled, "A Soviet Artist's Response to Just Criticism." Following the premiere of the opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Shostakovich's work had been denounced by Stalin and the Communist Party. Fearing for his life, he wrote his Fifth Symphony to appease them. While the symphony was successful in pleasing both the Communist Party and the Soviet public, there is irony hidden throughout.

It was a great learning opportunity for the kids, and they put together a great concert. I was really proud to be a part of it.

Friday, August 2, 2013

WYSO, Week 3

The third week, WYSO was supposed to be led by Andrew Grams. However, he had a family emergency that forced him to cancel. The orchestra was once again led by Jung-Ho Pak, who graciously agreed to conduct.

Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2
The only piece on the program for the week was Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2.

It was a rather hefty piece... the string parts were about thirty pages each, and the full stack of orchestral parts measured just under a foot tall. Additionally, there were close to one hundred pages of errata for me to complete (errata sheets list errors in the parts/score and how to correct them). Preparing the piece was a huge undertaking, but it was so incredibly worth it.

It was a great fit for the musicians and they did a wonderful job with it. As Maestro Pak said to the orchestra, "Rachmaninoff was an innocent. He was a romantic and naive and you guys are totally buying into it because you're innocent and there's not a jaded bone in your body."

It was a great learning experience for the orchestra as well. Maestro Pak encouraged imagination and daring in their playing, and reminded the orchestra to have all of the pieces in place -- "just plain beautiful is not enough."

I learned a lot just from observing rehearsals that week. I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to work with such wonderful conductors and young musicians here, as I'm learning so much from all of them.

All of their hard work paid off, as the performance was amazing and actually brought tears to many eyes.

Now, it's on to the much-anticipated performance of Shostakovich 5!
Jung-Ho Pak leading the World Youth Symphony Orchestra

Monday, July 22, 2013

WYSO, Week 2

WYSO's conductor for the second week was Jung-Ho Pak, who is the Music Director of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, Director of Orchestras at Interlochen Center for the Arts, and Artistic Director and Conductor of the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra. For a full bio, see Interlochen's website.

The program began with Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2, featuring violinist Jennifer Koh.
Soloist Jennifer Koh with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra

The second and final piece on the program was Strauss's Don Juan. It was an ambitious piece for the second concert of the season, but it went well!

At the end of the second week, all high school orchestra students had to audition for ensemble and chair placements for the next two weeks. Students in WYSO can move to the second high school orchestra (the Interlochen Philharmonic), students in IP can move up to WYSO, and almost all students change chairs.

All of the changes went pretty smoothly, and folders for Weeks 3 and 4 went out on Sunday. There were only three pieces to be distributed to WYSO, but they were rather lengthy.
WYSO's music for Weeks 3 and 4
Also, for those of you wondering how we cart music around at Interlochen:
My wagon!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Collage 2013

Collage happens during the third week of camp every summer. It's a sampler of student performances in all of the disciplines studied at Interlochen, including music, dance, theatre, creative writing, film, and visual arts. Here's a compilation video of the sixteen performances featured this year. My orchestra, the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, is featured at 9:50. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Things We Find in Music #1

While preparing music, we come across some... interesting markings.

We find notes to future musicians...

...elaborate artwork...
 ...conductor quotes...

...and personal reminders.

We also get some smart remarks...

...and keen observations.

Some students even discuss how to play the music.

Gems like these certainly make the work more enjoyable :)

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

WYSO, Week 1

The first week was a pretty amazing way to begin the season.

WYSO was lead by guest conductor JoAnn Falletta. Maestro Falletta is the Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Principal Conductor of the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Brevard Music Center. For a full bio, see her website. She was an absolute joy to work with, and I sincerely hope that I'm fortunate enough to have another opportunity to work with her in the future.
JoAnn Falletta conducting WYSO in the Star-Spangled Banner

The program for the first concert was as follows:

     Roussel: Bacchus et Ariane, Suite No. 2
     Ewazen: Triple Concerto for Three Trombones and Orchestra
     Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol

The piece that generated the most enthusiasm was the concerto, which featured trombone soloists Jonathan Lombardo, Timothy Smith, and Jeffrey Dee (all of the Buffalo Philharmonic).
WYSO with trombone soloists Jonathan Lombardo, Timothy Smith, and Jeffrey Dee

Maestro Falletta applauding Eric Ewazen's work
We were also fortunate enough to have the composer, Eric Ewazen, with us for a few days.

Eric Ewazen had actually written the piece for JoAnn Falletta, Jonathan Lombardo, Timothy Smith, and Jeffrey Dee, so it was very exciting to have all of them here with us.

WYSO begins rehearsing on Tuesday of each week, and they have rehearsals every morning for two and a half hours. Every Sunday night, they have a concert featuring new repertoire.

All of WYSO's concerts are in Kresge, the largest auditorium on campus. Concerts usually coincide with the sunset, and it's beautiful to see.

The first concert was wonderful, and the musicians are getting better and better. I'm looking forward to seeing what they can accomplish as the summer goes on!

view from the back of the stage at Kresge

Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Return to Interlochen

Well, I've been on campus for about two weeks now, and it's wonderful to be back.
The lake on campus
The first week here was what we call Prep Week. We began with two days of training, and then had seven days to prepare music for the first two weeks of camp.

I have almost two hundred pages of errata to do...

...many, many parts to tape...
These are our empty tape rolls after the first day!
...and an orchestra of one hundred musicians needing music.
All of my orchestra's music for the first two concerts!
The workload for WYSO is incredibly heavy this year, and I've spent about 15 hours in the library every single day (including last Sunday, my day off). The other interns have been fantastic with helping me out when their own loads lighten up, though. One of them spent a full day at the copier for me, and almost all of them have devoted a morning or even an entire day to helping me tape parts. I wouldn't have been able to get it all done without their help (even with the complete absence of sleep), so I'm incredibly thankful to work with such a fantastic group of interns this summer.

We try to have some fun while working, and during Prep Week we liked to have movie nights. We watched Mean Girls, Amadeus, and the first installment of The Lord of the Rings. The wonderful thing about movies is that it's completely possible to erase markings, tape parts, and even do errata while watching a movie. Those nights were very productive!

We were also able to visit the Greenleaf Collection of Musical Instruments...
The Original Sousaphone
...and make an outing to Moomer's, which was voted "America's Best Scoop" of ice cream on Good Morning America a few years ago.
Photo thanks to Jacey Kepich
It's been incredibly busy, but we're starting to settle into a routine and I'm really enjoying this summer so far. We've now kicked off the camp season and we're well into Week 1, which I'll write about soon!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Interlochen Ensemble Assignment, Take Three

Well, it's that's time again! I'll be headed back to Interlochen in a week for my third summer there. With a new summer comes a new work assignment.

There are sixteen or seventeen major ensembles at Interlochen, and responsibilities for those ensembles are distributed among seven ensemble librarians. Each librarian is assigned two, three, or four ensembles. While this can seem a bit unfair at first glance, the amount of work is pretty similar due to the different demands of each ensemble. This summer, I have been assigned the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, Festival Choir, and Reading Orchestra.

The World Youth Symphony Orchestra (WYSO) is the top high school orchestra. They have new repertoire every week, and a concert every Sunday night. Conductors include Jung-Ho Pak, JoAnn Falletta, Andrew Grams, and Andreas Delfs. Repertoire is subject to change, but as of now will include:
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 2
  • Ewazen: Triple Concerto for Three Trombones and Orchestra
  • Prokofiev: Concerto for Violin No. 2
  • Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2
  • Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol
  • Roussel: Bacchus et Ariane Suite No. 2
  • Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5
  • Strauss: Don Juan
  • Sung: Loco-Motion
  • Wagner: Flying Dutchman Overture
  • Wagner: Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
The Festival Choir is a volunteer choir consisting of the high school choirs, faculty, staff, and community members. There are about ten evening rehearsals, and then the choir will perform with the Interlochen Philharmonic, the second high school orchestra. They'll be performing Brahms' Nänie and Pärt's Credo for piano, mixed chorus, and orchestra.

Reading Orchestra is a volunteer orchestra made up of staff members. It usually happens three times over the course of the camp. It's pretty low maintenance because, as the name suggests, the orchestra will just read through the music once for fun.

If you'd like to know more about what my job as an ensemble librarian entails, I wrote a blog post about it last summer. Maybe I'll go into more detail at some point, but that should provide a decent enough overview for the time being!

I'm really excited to work with these ensembles and some amazing repertoire, and I'm incredibly fortunate to be working with a fantastic ensemble manager. I think it's going to be a great summer! :)

Philadelphia Orchestra Video

One of my favorite things about summer is that I have more free time to catch up on the news, read for fun, and actually watch YouTube videos.

 One of today's discoveries was this charming video featuring members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. While on tour in China, their plane was delayed on the tarmac for three hours. They decided to entertain their fellow passengers by playing the final movement of Dvorak's String Quartet No. 12, "American."



Thursday, March 28, 2013

MLA Conference 2013

Well, this post has been a little delayed. But better late than never, right?

I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at the recent Music Library Association national conference in San Jose, California. It was a week full of firsts: my first time to California, my first time traveling further west than Missouri, my first time attending a national conference, my first time speaking at a national conference, and so on. And it was amazing!


Traveling was an adventure. I'd only been on a plane three times before in my life, and I doubled that just getting to California. The first leg of the journey was from Ohio down to Atlanta, right through a huge storm, which made for a bumpy ride.

From Atlanta I flew to Los Angeles, and then from Los Angeles to San Jose. I arrived in San Jose around 8pm local time and then took a taxi to the conference hotel. It was 11pm EST, so I called it an early night.


The conference offered a few tours and trips the day before business began. We could go on a whale watching tour, a winery tour, a missions tour, or a tour of Stanford's music library. I chose the whale watching boat tour in Monterey.

I spent an entire summer on lakes and rivers when I toured with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, but I had never seen an ocean before. Even though I've been to Florida many times over the last few years, I just never got around to it. 

I saw my first (hundred) sea lions...

... and spent three hours on the Pacific ocean.

We saw fourteen whales! They were unfortunately very difficult to photograph, so I don't have any evidence. But I decided I would rather see them in person than miss them through a camera :)

We also had a dog on board. How cool is that?!

After the tour we had an hour or two to have lunch, shop, and explore the area before we had to catch the bus back to San Jose. I got back to my room just in time to drop off my bags, change, and then make it to the First-Timers Reception.

Unfortunately, both of my hotel keys stopped working. I went to the desk and got replacements, went back up to my room on the eighth floor, and found that neither of those worked either! I went back down to the desk and was given two more replacement keys, and those also failed so I had to wait for security to figure out what was wrong.

By the time that was finally sorted out, I had already missed dinner and the program of speakers was just beginning. A few past Interlochen interns were there, as well as my boss at my school's music library. It was nice to see some familiar faces!

The conference has a mentoring program for first-time attendees, so we then waited for our mentors to arrive. My boss knew my assigned mentor and found her to introduce us, and then I went to the opening reception with her. I met so many new people that night, and ran into a few other people who I already knew, including two of my past bosses at Interlochen. Music librarians have such a wonderful, welcoming community and I had a great time.


Thursday marked the beginning of sessions. I attended:
  • Plenary I: A View from the Top: The 21st Century Music Librarian Panel on the Future of Subject Collections
  • E-scores Made E-asy: Acquisition, Licensing, Storage, and Access
  • From the Ground Up: Building Community through Space Planning
  • RDA Best Practices for Music: A Conversation

After the sessions, I was able to attend the meetings of the Music Library Student Group and the Midwest Chapter.


Friday was the day of my presentation! I’m going to write a separate post about it at a later time. It was a great experience and I learned a lot. I would really like to go into more detail, and this post is already looking to be very long :)

Apart from my own session, I attended:
  • A Tour of Northern California Music Archives
  • New Frontiers in Database Development of the Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation: Music in Gotham and RILM
  • Collaborative Collection Development: Challenges and Solutions

After presentations for the day were complete, all of the current and past Interlochen employees went out to dinner. It was great to see everyone again, and I also met an intern from before my time!


I attended:
  • RDA for All: RDA, Music Discovery, and Beyond
  • And Now for Something Completely Different: New Exercises to Keep Your Students Engaged in Library Instruction
  • Orpheus Looks Ahead: Reinventing NPR’s Music Library
  • Music Librarianship: What Types of Jobs Are Available, Who’s Hiring, and How to Land One of Today’s Jobs
  • Untangling the Tricky Web of Sheet Music Publishers, Self-Publishers, Rentals, Licensing, and the Impact of Legislation

Saturday was the final day of the conference, and concluded with the banquet and awards. The MLA Big Band also played. The Music Library Student Group had a table to ourselves, and it was a fun, relaxing way to end the conference.


Sunday was my travel day. I checked out of my room and was on my way to the airport by 4am. I flew from San Jose to Seattle, Seattle to Detroit, and then Detroit to Akron-Canton. I got back to my apartment around 11pm local time. The busy conference schedule and the time changes made the following morning very difficult, but it was well worth it. I had a fantastic time, and I can't wait for next year's conference in Atlanta :)