Okay, let's get the elephant in the room out of the way first. On June 15th, 2020, I was accepted to the Conservatorium van Amsterdam to pursue an M.A. in film music. This has been a culmination of 2 years of hard work and preparation, and it feels like a million years ago that I was writing an email to Carlos Rivera at UM asking him for permission to enroll in his already-full Filmscoring I class. I've always had an interest in composing, but if you told me 5 years ago that I would be getting a master's degree in filmscoring, it would have seemed way out of left field.
Fast-forward through two semesters of filmscoring class, and my post-Miami gap year brought me back to my home state of New Hampshire, where I've basically pressed pause on life while trying to prepare for the next step: graduate school. After having visited Amsterdam in June 2019, the odds of my admittance seemed slim given all the other qualified applicants out there and the low acceptance rate. Thankfully, this gap year gave me the time I needed to get to know myself as a film composer, exploring palletes through re-scores and competitions, like my recent entries into the Berlin International Film Scoring Competition and the Spitfire Westworld Competition. With those additions to my portfolio and what seemed like a several-years-long application process, I recieved the news from Amsterdam, and the rest is- well, history to come, I suppose.
After what seemed like a lifetime of waiting in this 2020 pandemic-purgatory, I finally have the opportunity to move forward and begin the next chapter of my life; to dive into film music, meet new friends, explore a new music scene, start my career in earnest, and finally live on the same continent as my girlfriend after more than 2 years. I think most of us can agree, 2020 has been a living nightmare, but we all have to look for the light at the end of the tunnel and start making our way out.
Going forward, I will be keeping my musical exploits updated here on this blog, covering categories from travel to saxophone lessons to experiences in film scoring during my time in Amsterdam. Whether you're reading from the US, the Netherlands, Germany, or wherever else, I want to hear from you! Write to me via the contact page, and I'll send you a reply as soon as I get the chance!