We’re still here! Life updates from the duo.

Hello – Kia here!   Our apologies for being out of touch lately, but life is a bit crazy right now. I just wanted to take a moment (which is about all I have anyways) to catch you all up on what we’ve been up to. Where to begin?   First of all, I do want...

How I Survived 3 Listening Exams in 3 Days

For those of you that aren’t versed in the splendor of a listening exam, I’ll lay it out for you. You’re given a list of pieces by various composers to study. On test day, after hearing a random 30sec-1min excerpt, you need to identify the title and composer and...

The Composition Process: Instruments and Playback?

The composition process is different for everyone. My own process has undergone many changes over the past 6 years, and I have no doubt that it will continue to change. With this post, I mean to discuss three process-related questions that have been occupying my...

Why Crowdfund?

Many people HATE asking for money - we're two of them. So why crowdfund? Well friends, that's a question I ask myself almost daily. And then I remember that the answer is in the numbers. Most businesses make money by selling their product or service. That's the goal,...

Graduate Music School (Part 2 – Entrance Exams)

Thanks for coming to Part 2 – Entrance Exams! The following is a list of study strategies for the graduate music entrance examinations. As you read, keep in mind that this guide is based on my personal experience. Other schools’ may have slight alterations, but for...

Apollo’s Fire Messiah Project: Part 2

Hello again from a very tired, but very enriched Kia! I'm writing now with 5 performances down and 3 to go - the last one in the Cleveland area being tonight! It's been a wonderful experience and I'm so excited to share some more of this journey with you. Since my...

Apollo’s Fire Messiah Project – Part 1

Hello from Cleveland, Ohio! I'm here for about 2 weeks to perform Messiah with the Cleveland based Baroque Orchestra, Apollo's Fire. If you haven't heard of them, check out apollosfire.org! Some of you know, this is sort of a dream gig for me. While I'm still trying...

Graduate Music School (Part 1 – Application Process)

Hi friends! I have been looking forward to putting some information out there that helped me in my quest for a fulfilling musical career, and I have decided to split this first post into two parts. This first part deals strictly with the application process for...

The Road Less Traveled

Hey friends - Kia here! I think that one of the big things that Jamie and I have to offer as a duo is our story. While it may not be a dramatic tale, I think that it's so relevant for exactly the type of people that we want to reach and so I want to begin to share it....

Back to School!

Heading back to school? So is Jamie as he begins his orientation for his Masters of Composition degree program at Indiana University! So proud and so excited to see where this path leads him in his musical life. Lots of love and good luck to Jamie and all students and...