After my acceptance to Shenandoah Conservatory, I reached out to the faculty to find out if I could be involved with their summer program, the Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre.
I was hired as a rehearsal pianist, one of a team of two who were involved the entire show. David Landrum bore the primary responsibility, but there was more than enough work to go around.
I played in rehearsals for all three shows: Ragtime, Young Frankenstein, and The Sound of Music.
I learned a lot from these rehearsals, especially regarding what to expect of professional musicians and what my responsibilities will be as a music director in the future. In addition to sitting in rehearsals, I saw all shows twice, once from the audience and once from the orchestra, where I observed all the conductors.
Ragtime: The Musical Directed by Jeremy Scott Blaustein Music Direction by Tom Albert Assistant Music Director John Clanton Choreography by Robin Higginbotham
Young Frankenstein: The Musical Directed by Edward Carignan Music Direction by Patrick Brady Choreography by Dionysia Williams
The Sound of Music Directed by Jacob Brent Music Direction by Karen Keating Choreography by Robyn Schroth