Hello all visitors and faithful followers!! I recently posted that I was accepted to the International Music Festival of the Adriatic in the beautiful and historic town of Duino, Italy. Unfortunately, we found out at the same time that a family member had just been confirmed to have Cancer. I canceled my plans with Italy and settled into the idea of making numerous trips to Houston and Memphis to see family. Fortunately, the wonderful people at the Music Festival understood my situation and we were able to work out a refund. But then we received some wonderful news. My presence would not be completely necessary at all times and the cancer was diagnosed as a highly treatable variety. Then, I received even better news. I had been accepted to the infamous Nadia Boulanger Institute in Paris, France. Not only had I been accepted but I had received a scholarship that covered half of my tuition costs. So, it is with great humility and honor that I am announcing that I will be departing America in late June to participate in this institute for the month of July.
So far I have received an amazing amount of support for my trip. Not only have I received a travel grant from Louisiana State University thanks to the wonderful work of Dr. Todd Queen (Dean of Music and Dramatic Arts), but a few donations from Dr. Tom Pfister, Ciel Tielney, and my good friend Paul Novak (currently studying at Rice University). But I am still in need of any more financial help that anyone can give me. So please, click on this link, donate, or just mention it to any friends, co-workers, family, or anyone that might be willing to help me achieve this goal.
Thank you so much for all of my friends and family helping me. I am so thankful for the unending support that I have received from my amazing wife. Thank you again and I will post updates as we get closer and while I am in Paris. https://www.gofundme.com/help-bill-go-to-eama-in-paris