As I was rifling through some old files of my graduate years, I came across this photo I had completely forgotten. Austrian pianist and recording artist Paul Badura-Skoda is by my side after he performed a concert in 2009 at the local arts center (called Arts Place) in my hometown here in Indiana. I also had the privilege of being the designated transport for him, to and from the Indianapolis airport.
(I’ll admit I had never heard of him previously as I’m not completely in the know-how of famous classical pianists. Still, I think it was pretty cool I had that opportunity.)
The fact that I had completely forgotten about this makes me realize how beautiful photos are at capturing moments of our lives.
Can I tell you quickly how I got to this place? (Feel free to jump down to this week’s finds below but if you have a few minutes, I promise it’s a good and short story)!
After having returned home from 3 years in Melbourne, I was unsure where life was going to take me. I knew I wanted to move on from my first career as a choral director but my husband had lost his job, as we returned home in the middle of the financial collapse in early 2009. Before we became expats, I applied to Ball State University to pursue a Masters in General Music Education – however with the move, the application was left dormant.
Shortly after we returned home two years and eight months later to be exact, I received a random phone call from BSU asking if I was still interested in pursuing the application. After explaining our unexpected unemployment situation, I mentioned that if I were to pursue a Masters, it would more likely be in the Piano Pedagogy degree rather than the general ed. as originally intended.
Being true to who I am, I have to get a tiny religious in this next statement. At that moment, I knew the Lord had his hand in this, as the next thing the director of graduate studies asked is if I would be interested in a graduate assistantship they had yet to fill teaching piano in Portland, Indiana 50 minutes from BSU. What!? My heart skipped a beat. You have got to be kidding me…that’s my hometown we’ve just returned to – are you serious? I couldn’t have planned it any better.
Thus, I was an instructor there the year they brought in Paul Badura-Skoda. The rest is history!
Now onto this week’s goodies…