eric whitacre

getting sick
  • normal kids: awe man this sucks, hopefully I'll get over it soon
  • choir kids: nOO *drinks 80 cups of water and lives off of cough drops and DayQuil*
Which American Composer should you fight?

John Philip Sousa: Will you win? Probably not. He was in the marines, so he’ll probably kick your ass. But do it. Punch John Philip Sousa in the face. For all of us. I will pay you to fight Sousa.

George Gershwin: You could probably win this fight, but what will it accomplish? Nothing. He’ll just cry and you’ll hate yourself for making him cry.

Leonard Bernstein: Are you kidding? Have you ever watched Lenny conduct? Have you seen his music and time signature changes? He’ll kick your ass.


John Cage: Fight John Cage. Just do it. You know you want to after that 4'33 bullshit. Use your rage to fuel you and you will win. Just remember: people buy sheet music for 4'33.

John Williams: Don’t fight John Williams. He will crush you with his massive amounts of money. You will die, suffocating under the checks for Hedwig’s Theme and The Imperial March.

Louis Moreau Gottschalk: You will definitely win this fight. No one really knows who he is, but fight him. There is no chance you will lose

Eric Whitacre: ABORT MISSION. I’m like 80% convinced that Eric Whitacre is some sort of God incarnate and you don’t want to incur his wrath.

Charles Ives: Do not fight Charles Ives. He is a precious cinnamon roll, too good for this world. Too pure. Just let him continue writing his weird music. He hurts no one.



I am just gonna leave this here.

Last night in band

Band director (to percussion): “Why did you need the whips?”

Section leader: “Oh, the whips were just for fun”

BD: “SL, that’s not appropriate”

*class takes a moment to realize it and bursts out laughing*

SL: “Well, it was, until you said it”

Mood: “October” by Eric Whitacre

Eric Whitacre’s annual encouragement for music majors:

“As the semester grinds on you may feel intensely burnt-out. You may even consider dropping out of music altogether. If that happens, go back and listen to your favorite recordings, make music with your friends, do anything you can to remind yourself why you loved music before you started studying it. An education in music can be a very good thing, but it can also squeeze the life out of any love you ever had for it. Don’t let it.” 

Good luck and keep working hard to all our music major choir clowns!

I know that everybody likes to give examples of celebrities who made it late in life and thus remind you that it’s okay to be young and not necessarily be in the place that you thought you would be right now.
So, to add another example for those of us living in the realm of music-

Eric Whitacre initially joined choir in college to pick up girls.

Eric Whitacre took 8 years to graduate from his undergrad school.

Eric Whitacre failed his vocal jury after his seventh year and almost dropped out of school completely before picking himself back up for one more year and then finally made it into Juilliard for grad school.

It’s never too late, and the saying is true that, “just because it took you longer, it doesn’t mean you failed.”