This summer, I had the opportunity to teach alongside Georg Friedrich Haas, Elizabeth Hoffman and Dominique Schafer at the La Pietra Forum for Contemporary Music. We taught seven very talented participants, and ECCE, the ensemble I direct, performed work the participants composed especially for the Forum. The composer/conductor Valerio Sannicandro conducted the ensemble. Working with such incredible composers and such a high level of participants made the forum a memorable experience. The Forum took place at the Villa La Pietra, in Florence, Italy. The grounds of the villa were spectacular!