After graduation, half-way through first semester of teaching undergraduate music theory on a Carnegie Teaching Fellowship while taking composition lessons in the School of Music with master teacher Bulent Arel. Still not sure where my life is meant to go. Walking back to Stiles from class in Harkness. Look up at a tree on High Street, a little to the HGS side of the pathway to Stiles. Get sudden realization: you’re a composer. You’ve been one for a few months now. This is what you’re meant to do. Thank you, tree.
– Conrad Cummings