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Sweat, Mud, and Rain, but the Beauty Overcomes it All
I woke to the sensation of sunlight warming my face; even though my eyes were closed, the bright rays offended my eyes. I groaned quietly and turned onto my side, praying for another blissful hour of sleep, but my motion disturbed the air and I was overcome by the salty smell of sweaty, dirty...
An "Augenblick" in Darmstadt, Germany
I wasn't aware how much my life would change when I boarded a plane to Darmstadt, Germany in 2011. I wasn't aware when I stepped out to see ‘airline’ replaced with ‘Fluggesellschaft.’ I wasn’t aware when my host family greeted me with hugs. In fact, it was...
The Road to Excellence
The stage lights turn on and everyone takes their seat and adjusts their stand; the moment is finally here. We raise our instruments and take our first deep breath; everyone hears our director’s mantra in their head, “one, two...breathe...” Currently, we’re...