Ursula Sahagian

First Post: Plans for 2016

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Last weekend, I participated in the second ever New Music Gathering, at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, and I am so glad I had the chance to attend. From performances of highest artistry to panels led by industry pros, the weekend was inspiring and energizing. What stood out the most, however, was the kindness of other attendees. Old friends greeted me with genuine warmth, and new acquaintances quickly became friends. People thanked me for my questions and comments at panels, gave me deep, meaningful compliments, and generally made me feel so loved and valued. 

Rather than attempting to summarize all of the incredible events I was lucky enough to attend, I'm going to share some of the action steps that I'll be taking this year, based on what I learned at #NMG2016.

  1. Start a Blog. (Hey, I did it!)
  2. Make New Recordings. The recordings on my SoundCloud were all made at my degree recital, back in 2011. Since then, I've learned and performed the Sequenza (twice!), commissioned a new piece for solo oboe by my good friend Viet Cuong, and premiered more than ten works for chamber or large ensembles. My recordings should showcase that.
  3. Go to More Performances. It's important for me to show support for new music as a patron and audience member, and not just as a performer. It means a lot to me when musician friends come to my shows, so I will be better about showing up for you, too.
  4. Start Composing Again and write music that is emotionally expressive and honest.
  5. Create a Resource for Oboists Looking to Program New Music. I'm thinking a searchable Google Docs spreadsheet that details new works for oboe.

I'm already counting the days to #NMG2017. I can't wait!