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Congratulations to IcedNote on his Ph.D.

Post by jbuck919 » Tue Dec 03, 2013 5:08 pm

He doesn't post here so much anymore, but our dear friend Garrett successfully defended his dissertation this week and can now put Ph.D. after his name. I hardly have to say that this is a very big deal, an accomplishment of a lifetime, and I'm sure you'll all join me in extending congratulations.

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Re: Congratulations to IcedNote on his Ph.D.

Post by IcedNote » Tue Dec 03, 2013 9:00 pm

Thanks, John! Very kind of you. :-)

I don't post as much here, but I still drop by semi-frequently to see if there's anything to catch my attention.

Bound to have more free time now! :mrgreen:

-G
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Post by lennygoran » Tue Dec 03, 2013 9:06 pm

jbuck919 wrote:He doesn't post here so much anymore, but our dear friend Garrett successfully defended his dissertation this week and can now put Ph.D. after his name. I hardly have to say that this is a very big deal, an accomplishment of a lifetime, and I'm sure you'll all join me in extending congratulations.
Wow-what wonderful news! Garrett congrats! Regards, Len

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Re: Congratulations to IcedNote on his Ph.D.

Post by Donald Isler » Tue Dec 03, 2013 10:07 pm

Terrific news! Congratulations to Garrett!
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Post by david johnson » Wed Dec 04, 2013 3:47 am

congratulations :)

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Post by Ricordanza » Wed Dec 04, 2013 6:55 am

That's a great accomplishment...Congratulations!

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Post by Ted Quanrud » Wed Dec 04, 2013 8:22 am

Congratulations, Garrett. Tell us about your dissertation.

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Post by karlhenning » Wed Dec 04, 2013 8:32 am

Congratulations, Doctor Note!

Cheers,
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Post by Tarantella » Wed Dec 04, 2013 3:24 pm

Congratulations, IcedNote, on this major life achievement.

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Post by Wallingford » Wed Dec 04, 2013 4:19 pm

Congrats, Garrett!
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Re: Congratulations to IcedNote on his Ph.D.

Post by IcedNote » Thu Dec 05, 2013 12:55 am

Thank you, online friends! :D

So, my Ph.D. is in Music Composition and Theory, and, as such, I had two parts to my dissertation: a "significant" composition and a fairly humble analysis paper.

- My composition is a 35-minute triple concerto for piano trio and orchestra. It was commissioned by the Erato Piano Trio in London. Unfortunately, we all just can't catch a break, and our plans have been derailed numerous times. So, as of now, it's still unperformed.

- My analysis paper is titled "Punctuating Structures: The Eight Climaxes in Karol Szymanowski's 'Symphony III: Song of the Night.'" It's a fantastic work, and I hope I did the piece at least a little bit of justice.

-G
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Post by John F » Thu Dec 05, 2013 1:38 am

Well done!
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Post by johnQpublic » Thu Dec 05, 2013 10:27 am

I've come out of my self imposed exile to say congrats to Garrett and the fact that the "Song of the Night" Symphony is one of my all-time favorites makes it all the more sweeter.
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Post by piston » Thu Dec 05, 2013 7:24 pm

Congrats, Doctor! Do you aspire to teach? The demographics in a good many institutions of higher learning are, I think, favorable. A bunch of baby boomers in their late fifties and sixties are aspiring to retire.
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Post by RebLem » Fri Dec 06, 2013 10:22 am

Congratulations, Garrett!

And please let us know how the Vatican performance of your work goes next March!
http://www.classicalmusicguide.com/view ... 10&t=42475

Does this festival have a "Fringe" like the Edinburgh Festival does? Perhaps the Eroica Trio might be able to find a way to piggyback a performance of your concerto into the works?
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Post by THEHORN » Fri Dec 06, 2013 2:45 pm

Congratulations !

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Post by IcedNote » Sat Dec 07, 2013 1:33 pm

johnQpublic wrote:I've come out of my self imposed exile to say congrats to Garrett
I never dreamed a PhD would grant me such power! :D

Hope you're well, Mr. Public!

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Post by IcedNote » Sat Dec 07, 2013 1:36 pm

piston wrote:Congrats, Doctor! Do you aspire to teach? The demographics in a good many institutions of higher learning are, I think, favorable. A bunch of baby boomers in their late fifties and sixties are aspiring to retire.
Actually, the opportunities in academia are dismal these days. Too many [music] doctors being created and not nearly enough jobs, especially when institutions continue to replace tenured positions with adjunct. Not cool.

That being said, I'm not interested anyway! I need a break from academia. (I was in grad school for nine years!) And I'm not sure I want to pursue it, despite how nice summers off would be. So I took a job at the Association of California Symphony Orchestras. Love it! It makes such a big difference being able to put my talents/skills to use for an industry I care deeply about. And the connections I'm making sure don't hurt, either. ;)

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Post by IcedNote » Sat Dec 07, 2013 1:37 pm

RebLem wrote:Congratulations, Garrett!

And please let us know how the Vatican performance of your work goes next March!
http://www.classicalmusicguide.com/view ... 10&t=42475

Does this festival have a "Fringe" like the Edinburgh Festival does? Perhaps the Eroica Trio might be able to find a way to piggyback a performance of your concerto into the works?
Thanks! And I'll certainly keep you all posted on the Vatican excursion.

Man, that sure would be nice if Erato could get a performance in, but that ain't going to happen. Too much upheaval all around at this point, so I just have to cool my expectations about any performance coming soon. *sigh*

-G
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Re: Congratulations to IcedNote on his Ph.D.

Post by barney » Sat Dec 07, 2013 5:37 pm

Very well done, Garrett. I bought mine from Liberia (as part of a newspaper article), but I didn't complete the real deal.

When someone shouts, is there a doctor on this board, we'll know where to turn.

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Post by piston » Sat Dec 07, 2013 8:49 pm

IcedNote wrote:
piston wrote:Congrats, Doctor! Do you aspire to teach? The demographics in a good many institutions of higher learning are, I think, favorable. A bunch of baby boomers in their late fifties and sixties are aspiring to retire.
Actually, the opportunities in academia are dismal these days. Too many [music] doctors being created and not nearly enough jobs, especially when institutions continue to replace tenured positions with adjunct. Not cool.

That being said, I'm not interested anyway! I need a break from academia. (I was in grad school for nine years!) And I'm not sure I want to pursue it, despite how nice summers off would be. So I took a job at the Association of California Symphony Orchestras. Love it! It makes such a big difference being able to put my talents/skills to use for an industry I care deeply about. And the connections I'm making sure don't hurt, either. ;)

-G
Well, if you're not interested in that professional avenue, then you need not worry about it. In my discipline, we have recently seen all those who try to land a tenure-track job, or something nearly equivalent, do so within a one to four year period of market competition. The operational word is to "try," however, and one must be motivated enough to remain competitive, with publications, etc., until the job opens up. Programs that rely too much on adjuncts risk losing their accreditation as Ph.D. granting institutions.
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Post by jbuck919 » Sat Dec 07, 2013 9:38 pm

piston wrote:In my discipline, we have recently seen all those who try to land a tenure-track job, or something nearly equivalent, do so within a one to four year period of market competition. The operational word is to "try," however, and one must be motivated enough to remain competitive, with publications, etc., until the job opens up. Programs that rely too much on adjuncts risk losing their accreditation as Ph.D. granting institutions.
Before anyone else puts two and two together, please do not post piston's full name or anything about his academic position here. He left us almost for good, and probably for a good reason, when Corlyss did something like that.

Given your credentials, Jacques, it is not my place to say you are being overly optimistic across the board with regard to humanities. But I am qualified to confirm that things have been very difficult in music for decades. Neither of our other Ph.D. music members (Karl Henning and Mark Simon, who use their real names) has had a career in academia, nor in all likelihood would I have had, had I completed my own Ph.D. program.

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Post by karlhenning » Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:50 am

I do like teaching (if I get to teach, rather than get tangled in red tape), but I had rather compose than teach.

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Post by jbuck919 » Mon Dec 09, 2013 10:31 am

karlhenning wrote:I do like teaching (if I get to teach, rather than get tangled in red tape), but I had rather compose than teach.
Fair enough. Milton Babbitt only had to teach one graduate seminar per semester, and mightily he babbled to no one's comprehension without observing formalities like assessment. (I sat in on one, even though I was an undergrad. I am now convinced that even the grad students only pretended to understand what he was talking about.) But no one can expect to start out that way, or at most universities ever get that way. Still, most "name" composers in the US since 1950 have held academic positions. (Elliott Carter was independently wealthy, and I can't figure out our mutual liked composer Charles Wuorinen from his Wiki biography. He was at the Manhattan School in the 70s and after that?)

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Post by karlhenning » Mon Dec 09, 2013 4:20 pm

Charles was teaching at Rutgers at the time when he was a visiting professor at Buffalo (coming up to Lake Erie for a day and a half each week).

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Post by karlhenning » Mon Dec 09, 2013 4:22 pm

And there is probably a sense in which my present music directorship satisfies such urge as I may have to teach . . . that came out more ambiguous than I quite meant, for my experience at 'my new church' is unalloyedly positive.

Cheers,
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