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Someone You Should Know – Al Spriester


I recently got an email that my high school band director, Mr. Spriester was turning 80 on November 15th and could I  send a card. Then I got to thinking, although I live ten miles from where I grew up and never really told him how much he impacted my life.  If it weren’t for

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My sabbatical at Northwestern: To create. To learn. To experience.


As part of the Golden Apple Award, I attended Northwestern University for spring quarter starting from March 30-June 7, 2009. Here is my reflection of the “once in a lifetime” experience. My composition class with Dr. Maud Hickey was nothing but incredible. It made me see the beginning stages of how we compose to the

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My Compositions


I love to compose. When I was younger, in high school and college, the emphasis was on how well you could play the written notes. No improvisation, no creativity, no innovative music making. Actually, I remember my first composition in college. I was so scared, that all I did was copy Charles Ives. I got

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