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 to ensure you all that we do still have plans for this duo and are still working on purchasing a marimba. Unfortunately, our plans have been stalled much more than expected, but for those of you that donated to our campaign – don’t worry! We will get a marimba when we can and your help is still VERY much appreciated.
As some of you may know, I’ve been working with a company called Go Ape for about a year and a half now. Go Ape is a Treetop Adventure company that helps people to “Live Life Adventurously” at any of our 16 Treetop Adventure courses across the US. While my role in the company has changed a few times since I began working there, for the past year, I’ve been working remotely from Bloomington as a part of the head office team. In May of this year, Jamie joined the Go Ape tribe as well! We work as a part of the same team and he was recently also promoted to full-time.
In addition to us both working full-time, we are also both full-time music graduate students at Indiana University. Jamie is in his second year of the composition program and is currently working to complete works for his upcoming graduate composition recital. Some of his projects include a Requiem for choir, a harpsichord piece, and, his favorite, a jazz fusion piece. In the past couple of years, he has really taken an interest in the fusion group Snarky Puppy and has recently decided he’d like to dive more into the genre as a composer. I’m so looking forward to the great jams he writes!
I have just started my first year of the Early Music Voice Performance program in the Historical Performance Institute. I have a full schedule of Accelerated Elementary French, a course in Early Italian Baroque studies, Basso Continuo studies and, of course, voice lessons. I’m also working with two other singers, a harpsichordist and lutenist to put together a chamber work and I’m a part of Concentus, the Early Music Choral group. I feel like I have so much to learn, but it’s already been a very educational and enriching experience.
Truth time. Jamie and I are doing well – we’re juggling full-time jobs, full-time class loads, paying the bills, keeping our apartment tidy and Jamie still climbs 3-4 days a week. But it’s incredibly difficult and we’re tired. We often find ourselves wondering when we’re going to mess something up or when something is going to go wrong. We’ve both already been sick this semester, I missed almost an entire week of singing in choir because of a cold and dental surgery, and getting out of bed in the morning is a daunting task.
We’re scared and worried, but we know that one way or another we’re going to get through it and I can tell you that I’ve never been more grateful for my stubborn nature in my life. As always, we are so grateful for the support we have in our lives. Our families, friends and each other get us through every long, tiring day and we’ll make it.