thoughts on convocation

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I performed one of my pieces at Lakehead University’s convocation ceremony this afternoon. It may have been the largest crowd I’ve ever had – fifteen hundred or so, plus however many students and faculty were on stage behind me. But it wasn’t the size of the audience or the great acoustics that made it stand out to me. Rather, it’s what was being celebrated.

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I remember how it felt to acknowledge the end of a phase of my life when I graduated from Lakehead a few years ago. I am humbled and very grateful that today, my music was a part of this important occasion in other people’s lives. I’ve given some performances on the TBCA stage that have had great significance to me, and today’s was yet another one that I will never forget.

Congratulations to all the graduates, and thank you for having me be a part of commemorating this chapter in your lives.