Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Almost made the New York Times!

Oh, if only I had finished my research a few months earlier!

I woke up to find this article on my e-mail doorstep.

It's okay, though. Dan Wakin refers to the future openings, while all my research refers to the past decade of job openings. Still, I am going to send him and email and tell him about my project. Perhaps I can convince him to write an amended article in the future...

Friday, July 02, 2010

It's finally complete

I put this blog on hold when I moved to Houston. What did I do with my time:

56% -> Work or work-related activities
22% -> Concertizing
11% -> Attempts at being social
5% -> Thinking about completing my research
3% -> Vacations
2% -> Worrying about the state of world affairs
1% -> Completing the research on my paper

After surviving the monsoon-like remnants of Hurricane Alex to work at Rice University, I had finally collected the last few issues of the International Musician needed to complete my research on job openings from the past season.

I double-checked all of my figures, but the numbers did not lie - job openings were drastically down in 2009-2010. There may be a few reasons: economic slowdown, questions over the direction of new music directors at prominent orchestras, etc. Whatever the cause, I now have completed my research and now move onto completing my final draft.

But after the holiday.

Monday, February 01, 2010

First Draft Done

First draft of my research paper is done.

It is still lacking several graphs, a few years of data, a clear sense of direction and a uniform font size, but that is okay. It is the first start of the end of a journey of years.