Sunday, March 28, 2010

Home, home on the range

And no, they're not kidding about the deer and the antelope. This winter I've seen more deer in town - right in front of my house, in fact - than I've seen out of town. One actually ran into my dad as he was driving to work just down the street. And there's been a little baby deer that likes to eat our bushes. He's so cute!

It's been a few months now (okay, almost a year) since I wrote about moving and getting a new job. I think it's high time for an update! And for any of you who may have forgotten...

I moved to Wyoming!!!

Ah yes, lovely Wyoming. Some of you may sense some sarcasm in that remark, but let me assure you, it's completely sincere. I love being from and living in Wyoming. For one thing, there are so few of us (around 500,000) that it should be counted as a rare and unique pleasure to meet someone from this vast, though sparsely populated state. Sure, it may be a little windy - okay, more like "what's the point of a hairdo" windy - but that's all part of its charm. I believe it's one of the best-kept secrets of our nation. What a great place to be! Now if only there were more single, attractive, intelligent men...

*clearing throat* Anyway, where was I? Oh yes, Wyoming. I moved here.

I'm working at the best, most fulfilling job I've ever had! And, if you recall, I've had a number of jobs to judge from. Let me list and discuss a few of the things I do for my job:

1. Teach voice lessons. I am basically the vocal department at Western Wyoming Community College. Currently I have 28 students enrolled through the school. I'm not gonna lie - I was a bit apprehensive at first about teaching voice lessons. I'd done it a bit before, but nothing this intensive. Plus, my background is more in conducting and education than private vocal instruction. But, thank heavens, I love teaching voice! It's the best thing in the world when a student has a breakthrough and makes serious progress because of something I've said. And the days where they all have breakthroughs are a literal high for me!

2. Teach choir classes. I have three groups - an SATB choir, a Women's choir, and a Men's a capella group with 7 guys. The a capella group has been around for a number of years, and I was pretty nervous to work with them. Not because I doubted my ability to direct them, but because I wasn't sure what my role was with them. They'd been pretty autonomous before, so I didn't really know what they expected of me. But we've found a good balance and they are so much fun to work with. I love it!!! They're all so talented too, which makes my job so much easier. And they keep me highly entertained, which is a nice bonus feature. As for the other groups, they only started gaining momentum in the last couple of years, and were pretty dinky before that. Fall semester I had 9 people in the SATB choir and that number doubled to 18 in the Spring! They're also incredibly talented and fun to work with. I gotta say, for only 18 people, they sound pretty phenomenal. Watch out GLEE! And the Women's choir is blossoming too. I LOVE directing choirs!!!

3. Teach music classes. I teach sections of Aural Theory, Written Theory, and Singing for the Actor. All of them are way fun for me to teach. Sometimes I wonder if I like teaching so much because I'm an attention hog and a social butterfly... It's possible, pig.

4. Direct vocal music for theatre productions. This is one of the most fun things associated with my job. I LOVE musical theatre and being involved in it so heavily is super rewarding. I think part of what makes it so great is the high quality of the program here. I can't get enough of how much talent there is in our dinky little school! I feel so privileged to be here, I can't even tell you.

That pretty much sums up my job duties. But so much is still left out! My absolute favorite thing about being here is the people. The faculty, community, and students are the BEST! I genuinely care for all my students - they are seriously talented, extraordinarily fun (though some might say "kooky"), and some of the most wonderful people I know! I'm probably a bit biased, but I just love them!!! And I can't say enough about the faculty. I've never known a faculty to be so invested in the lives of the students. They don't just teach these kids, they actually care about them. It's so refreshing to see after becoming a little jaded with the public school system. I'm definitely in the right place.

Alright already, enough of the gushing! I get it.

I LOVE MY JOB!!! And the fact that it's in Wyoming makes it even better.

The only thing lacking (and I may have mentioned this previously) is the lack of social opportunity.

But what do you think the summer's for? *nudge, wink*

Speaking of summer, if anybody has a great idea for a summer job for me, please let me know. I'm on more ways than one...

Whoa...that sounds ominous...


Mindi said...

That sounds like so much fun Nicole. I'm glad you are enjoying it so much. It would be so fabulous to be involved so heavily in music like that. I'm happy for you.

Stephen and Kjerstin said...

That school definitely is blessed to have you on staff! You are a real gem my dear! Loved the update and I MISS YOU!!!

Tara said...

Sounds like you have some big news!

Nathaniel Nelson said...

Woman! Your blog has been empty for a while, so you should update it. There's all kinds a stuff that you're missing!