She left a mark on me.
I mean a deeply beautiful impression, the trace of her fingerprints etched around my life and my heart and my future.
That’s what mentors do. They don’t just listen and guide, teach and encourage, give advice and share experiences; they change who you are.
They say, “I see who you can be and I want to help you get there.”
And then they pour into you a little (or a lot!) of themselves.
By the time I met this one mentor of mine, she was already in her 80’s. She had been directing music and teaching for over 60 years already and I was a baby in comparison.
Ann invited me over to her house. She pulled out a basket of programs, one for each musical she’d ever directed. That basket was a heavy load!
Then she showed me how she marked her music, how…
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