Posted by: Dorianne Cotter-Lockard | 17 January 2015

Post-doc Perspective

The last year of the dissertation process is all-consuming and exhausting.

You don’t realize how exhausted you are until you complete the final edits and turn in your four printed copies of the final product. At my school, you are allowed to walk at graduation after you have successfully defended your dissertation, and before you turn in the final edited copies. Therefore, I walked in July 2012 and received my official Doctor of Philosophy degree on October 2, 2012.

It takes about 18 months to recover – at least it did for me.

Now, I’m applying for leadership positions in academia and nonprofit organizations. My vision is to find a position where I can help transform young people’s lives through music study.


I am also writing two books based on my dissertation research. The first is a collaboration with the Cavani Quartet, tentatively titled, Empowered Performers: Chamber Music Rehearsal Techniques and Coaching Strategies for Musicians. The second book is for leaders of organizations and is tentatively titled, Collective Virtuosity: Music Lessons for Leaders. I have begun a blog related to book #2:

If you wish to read my dissertation, you can download it from

My apologies for not posting new blog entries on this blog for the past 2 years. I’ve been in recovery from writing my dissertation. Over the next several months, I will reflect on my many learnings through that process here on this blog. In the meantime, check out my new blog!


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