Thanks to the ACDA Mentoring Program, Susan Swerdlow and Sarah Jebian started a mentoring relationship in June 2020. Mentor Susan (left) describes Sarah (right) as “an accomplished singer who found herself in the music directorship at a church but with no conducting training.”
They met several times over the summer so that Susan could help Sarah with score “decoding” and conducting techniques. They continue to make use of videoed conducting sessions Sarah forwards so that Susan can provide help and suggestions.
Sarah reports, “It’s going great! I’m so, so grateful that I found Susan. She’s such a wonderful teacher and she’s already helped me so much. I feel more confident in my conducting and she’s just a wonderful human being. I love our time together.” Susan agrees, adding, “Her conducting is gradually becoming more economical. I’m loving working with her.”