In December of 2015 I approached Dr. Casey Christopher with a request to delve farther into the managing field by being a jazz combo manager. But what I didn't know is that he was going to place me with the only top combo (at the time), the NNU Jazz Revival. I had had limited experience and had never managed a music group before, so it came as a challenging learning opportunity. I went on to spend a year and a half with this group, where I learned to schedule, communicate, and promote better, learned how to navigate interpersonal relationships, and learned to strengthen my network. It was an experience that truly changed my life; by managing Revival I learned quite quickly that this was what I wanted to do with my life (at least for now).
And today, I am signing off as Jazz Revival's manager.
Why? I will be studying abroad at the Contemporary Music Center, in Nashville, TN this coming fall. This experience will push me farther than I've gone before and will force me to learn a wealth of new knowledge. And sadly for me, this means I had to give up Jazz Revival.
BUT, this has given someone very near and dear to me, the opportunity to take on Revival where I left off. This person has showed dedication, patience, and good leadership skills in her past management experience. She is full of lots of good ideas and knows how to execute them with precision and elegance. I am so excited to see where she takes this group next year! So I would like to say a big welcome to Jazz Revival's new manager, Anna Miller.
Anna, I know you will rock this coming year. You will create waves in this department that have never been seen before. I know you will push Revival out of their comfort zone, pushing them to accomplish more and become better. Your leadership and big heart are going to fit in perfectly with the pieces and people that make up the NNU Jazz Revival. I'm more excited for you than words can tell. Bravo, congratulations, blessings, and good luck!