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Monday, March 17, 2008

Leap of Faith

I know I've mentioned here and there that Joel has been looking for another (better) job practically since the moment we stepped foot in Cedar City. This just isn't where we want to end up, although it has been a nice little stepping stone along the way.

There have been several opportunities/job openings that seem to come up, raise our hopes and then disappear just as quickly. It has been discouraging, but we sally forth with faith. Or at least we try.

Last month, Joel went to a CODA (College Orchestra Directors Association) conference up at BYU and was able to make some new connections and learn a lot of cool stuff. It gave him back the spark of hope that has slowly petered out in the last year or so, and when he came home, we knew we had to do something besides just apply for the university orchestra jobs that come up.

And, so....today we wired our entire savings account (which was only about 500 dollars at this point...if you remember) to a bank in Spain. There is an international conducting competition for which Joel did not make the initial cut but has the opportunity to show up and audition for one of ten still open spots by conducting Pierrot Lunaire. We originally thought it would be totally stupid to go do that when he didn't even make the first cut, but we have both increasingly felt that this was the thing to do. Besides, the man is obsessed with Pierrot, who on earth knows why (and now I am singspieling in my head "Einem Weisen MondfleCK!"), so he probably has a great chance. Because how many people love Pierrot that much? (Also, how many of my readers even know what I'm talking about???)

If he gets to be one of the ten, he goes on to compete with the 50 who made the original cut. If he wins, he gets a nice chunk of change and a 3 year contract conducting orchestras all over Europe. Second place also gets a cash prize and a contract, though not quite as amazing. We're just hoping it gets him noticed, although winning would certainly be a big bonus.

So, we now know that our tax refund, which still hasn't come, and our stimulus package deal will probably help fund this little jaunt to Spain in June along with all the scores he'll have to buy in order to be prepared.

Let's just hope it's all worth it.

22 comments :

  1. Oooh, best of luck! No one gets anywhere in life by sitting still, right?

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  2. WOW! Thats quite the leap. I am so excited to see what happens. GOOD LUCK!

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  3. WOW.WOW.WOW.

    I am keeping my fingers (and toes) crossed for you!

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  4. I'm excited and nervous for you all at once. What a big opportunity. I hope good things come your family's way!

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  5. WOW! Inspiration for sure. I'm not a Pierrot fan myself, so if he loves it that much? GO FOR IT!!
    Keep us informed!!

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  6. It is always better to go for it than to wonder what if I had. GOOD LUCK to him, we are routing for you all!

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  7. To make it big you've gotta take risks... I've always said that. :)

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  8. Best wishes! Following your gut is the best way to live.

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  9. It's already worth it, because it sounds like you are both following promptings, and showing a huge amount of faith. That alone means personal growth and blessings, and I'm sure that this will lead to only better opportunities. We'll be praying and crossing our fingers and sending concentrated hope your way come June!

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  10. Wowzers! You, my friend, have much more faith than I! Wishing Joel (and the rest of you) all the luck in the world!

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  11. Sounds like a great idea. I wish you all the best!

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  12. Wow!! Good luck. It's sounds like a wonderful opportunity.

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  13. Ok, laughing my butt off over here (and M. is, too!). We sing Pierrot all the time. M. has it memorized, of course, the Schoenberg freak that he is, and I can fake it OK. Mondfleck is my favorite movement.

    You know that I know exactly how you feel about jobs. M. is in a lecturer position right now that is in danger of not being renewed. He has applied to two schools in UT (which is NOT AT ALL where we want to go), but all we can do is pray and have faith that something will work. We took a giant pay cut coming here (from M.'s IT job), but we're all so much happier, so it's worth it.

    Things will work out. Sometimes you just have to keep telling yourself that. ;)

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  14. Viva Joel!

    Good luck with this. :)

    So, would you get to go all around Europe too?

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  15. I had forgotten what Pierrot was like until I read your quote.

    I hope that all goes well!

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  16. That's just straight inspirational. I'm so excited for him and very nervous! Good luck and we'll be sending our wishes eastward!!

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  17. How exciting!!!
    Of course it's worth it? How are you going to achieve if you don't try, right??

    Praying for you all!
    God bless.
    Terri

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  18. Well, I'm one of your readers who doesn't know what you're talking about but is hoping that his passion for Pierrot gives him the edge he needs to make it. Good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!! To me, even if he doesn't make it, it would still be worth it just to go to Spain!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  19. it's ALWAYS worth it. what's better than having $500 bucks in your savings account is not having any regrets. so go for it joel and good luck! and if that doesn't work out, check out william and mary again. they've had a new conductor each year for the past 4 years. it seems everyone they get there moves on to greener pastures (except for the last guy they had who was a complete idiot). so maybe it's a good place to start?

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  20. I agree with Amy. I think its so great that you guys took the leap! I just hope you get to go too (if it all works out)!!! That would rock.

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  21. I know how scary that is, but I am so excited fro you guys!! WE feel the same way about Cedar, and we too are looking other places. Not quite so lofty as conducting overseas, but still a job change none the less. We too are trying to work on the faith concept, with jobs and selling our cars. It will be interesting to see what happens!!

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  22. Wow, that's kind of crazy, but I just know that something awesome will pan out for you guys. Joel is just way too talented.

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