Happy New Year!
...to my friends, family, colleagues, and all others who have been led to goodykemusic.com. It has been approximately 369 days since I last posted on this page of my website. (Whoops).
What have I done that has kept me occupied from the more important things such as writing "Reflections"? Well...let me begin:
1) New Job
On June 21, 2016, I accepted the job of Middle School Choir Director at Caledonia Community Schools! I now work at two buildings (Kraft Meadows & Duncan Lake) and have 6 choirs grades 6-8! That adds to approximately 250 everyday––there is NEVER a dull moment. For that, I am grateful. I am having an absolute blast working alongside talented colleagues and wonderful administration. This Spring, we have a number of performances, including participation in the Michigan School Vocal Music Association District Choral Festival. To prepare for this, we will perform our repertoire at our next concert on February 22. All are invited to follow the Caledonia MS Choirs at www.calmschoir.weebly.com!
2) New Church home
I have officially joined Second Reformed Church of Zeeland as Choral/Organ Scholar in Residence. When people ask me what this means, I usually respond with "I do anything/everything that is needed with regard to music during the worship service". On any given Sunday I might be accompanying the choir, singing with the Bass/Baritone section of the choir, or even directing the Middle School orchestra! In whatever capacity, I get to work with a very talented team of pastors and musicians. SRC is a deep place and I am grateful to be a part of the family!
3) A new living space
Goodbye Zeeland, Hello Grandville! Since I am working closer to Grand Rapids, I now live right in between my two jobs. There are several other great things close by, such as: Rivertown Mall, Aldi, Panera Bread. Also, Founders is only 10 minutes away. (Yes. That matters.)
As you can see, the new year brings a lot of new to my life. I am not complaining at all, especially since I still get to see a lot of people that matter to me! Cheers to the new year!