Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?- Make Your Own Listening Experience

Late July- 2010- Paris- a dorm without A/C: I was studying composition at the EAMA Summer Institute.  Motorcycles loudly drive by at all hours, so it was easy to stay up all night doing work and listening to music.  That summer forever changed how I listen to, think about, and write music.  And while we […]

Donald Harris- Is Art Essential?

I found a small article about art by my one of my professors that I couldn’t find anywhere online, so I decided to type it up and share it with you.  What do you think?  Donald Harris is one sharp guy (short bio here: http://necmusic.edu/archives/donald-harris). I’d love to hear any opinions you have about this piece. […]

Moving Out

Helping someone move out of his or her office is a very strange experience.  A retiring composition professor asks one of his remaining students to help him move out.  15-year old dusty budget proposals mingle freely with programs from last week’s concert.  The student hands cassette tapes, vinyl, newspapers, old photos, and empty jewel cases […]

What are we afraid of?

I got to meet percussionist/composer Ivan Trevino briefly at the 2010 Leigh Howard Stevens Marimba Seminar (geeky, I know), when he had just finished his Master’s degree at the Eastman School of Music.  Every once in a while I see his name pop up on my Facebook feed (he has a couple of really wonderful […]

Jean-Marie Zeitouni Set to Leave the Columbus Symphony

Word is coming out now that Jean-Marie Zeitouni, Music Director of the Columbus Symphony for the last four years, will not be renewing his contract at the end of this–his fifth–season. My experience with the CSO is limited, as I’ve only been here for two years, but all accounts point to increased stability under his […]