It is rather hard to believe that mid-April is looming on the immediate horizon with the end of the semester following shortly in tow. Of course this time of the year brings along with it the usual quandary of exams, papers, projects, long nights, less-than-plentiful sleep, etc. However, the one thing riding at the front of my mind is the coming summer.
Back in January I was scouring the internet for fellowships, internships, or any other sort of program that might keep me occupied during the summer and fall conveniently in line with my future aspirations. I filled out more applications than my letter-writers probably appreciated, but c'est la vie....After weeks of waiting turned into months, I finally heard back regarding what was undoubtedly one of my top-choice applications. After one unexpected phone interview, a few cursory emails, and a few more weeks of waiting, I was officially notified that I had been accepted as a Library of Congress 2016 Junior Fellow.
What exactly does this mean? Well, a few things, of course. First and foremost, it means I will be spending 70 working days at the Library of Congress main branch in Washington D.C. My time there will be spent working with Mark Horowitz, curator of the Leonard Bernstein Collection, in an effort to analyze, catalog, digitize, and annotate a portion of the collection, as well as reworking content and establishing plans to revamp the digital presence and accessibility of the collection as a whole. No, it isn't quite related to trombones or harpsichords or some other nonsense I somehow entertain myself with, but it is going to be a fascinating and unique chance to experience, learn, and network at the worlds largest library. It will also place me on the East Coast within relatively easy access to some of the best collections of musical instruments the U.S has to offer.
Housing arrangements are all in order, plane tickets have been reserved, and now it is just a matter of finishing out the semester in one piece. Knowing myself, it should be smooth sailing. D.C, here I come!