"She moved up her hair from off her ears, knowing where she would find a few that were grey, and shaking her head, as though owning to herself that she was old; but as her fingers ran almost involuntarily across her locks, her touch told her that they were soft and silken; and she looked into her own eyes, and saw that they were bright; and her hand touched the outline of her cheek, and she knew that something of the fresh bloom of youth was still there; and her lips parted, and there were her white teeth; and there came a smile and a dimple, and a slight purpose of laughter in her eye, and then a tear. She pulled her scarf tighter across her bosom, feeling her own form, and then she leaned forward and kissed herself in the glass."
Dr. Dwight Bigler is the director of choral activities at Virginia Tech and artistic director of the Blacksburg Master Chorale. He has held positions as assistant conductor and pianist of the Dale Warland Singers, director of choral activities at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, and director of the University of Texas Men's Chorus. Bigler is also the composer in residence for the Festival Choir of Madison and has published choral works with Oxford University Press and Hinshaw Music. He was recently a winner in the 2011 National Collegiate Choral Organization Choral Music Series competition and regularly receives commissions for new works, including a Barlow commission for the choirs and orchestra of Brigham Young University. As a collaborative pianist, Bigler has taught, performed, and recorded as a faculty member at the University of Texas; with the Dale Warland Singers; and at Scuola Italia in Urbania, Italy. Bigler received his bachelor’s degree in piano performance and his master’s in choral conducting from Brigham Young University, and his doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
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