But actually I got a lot done today while the office was closed for MLK Day. I broke the back of a piece I am writing for Opera America's excellent magazine. Some other distractions prevented me finishing it this evening, but it will be done tomorrow.
I had the pleasure of lunch with James Gandre, Provost of Roosevelt University and former Dean of the Chicago College of the Performing Arts. Before that he was a senior guy at the Manhattan School of Music. Dean of something or other! He is a positive optimistic spirit who has accomplished an enormous amount during his ten plus years in Chicago. He arrived soon after me and we have worked really well together. The establishment of the COT/CCPA diploma program is down to Jim - and me a bit too! He is one of the many colleagues I will miss when I leave Chicago.
The reason for our getting together was that years ago he invited me to join the advisory board of the CCPA. And I have served on it for eight or so years I suppose. It is time to give it up and let my successor perhaps take over - that is up to them. It has been an enjoyable time and I think that we have made a difference for a series of excellent young singers. And we have supported an hugely transformed faculty under Jim's leadership, and that continues under his successor Henry Fogel.
Actually there is more CCPA stuff this week although I will not be at the board meeting tomorrow. Marlena Malas, perhaps the most widely recognized of the great singing teachers here in the US, is giving a masterclass on Thursday. She is an old friend and I admire her hugely. It will be good to see her work her magic with some pretty gifted CCPA students.
It was mild and damp today. It will get colder again as the week progresses. Now off to watch the Australian Open. A good way to switch off - difficult enough these days!