Chimera | Featured Recording

  This month we’re featuring Chimera, a new recording out on Albany Records, performed by the Scott/Garrison Duo, and featuring music by ECS composer John David Earnest, among others. Earnest’s pieces open and close this recording, starting with his Chimera Waltzes for flute, bass flute, clarinet, and piano, and closing with Serenade and Dance for clarinet… Read More Chimera | Featured Recording

Beauty, Truth, and Insight through Song: Interview with Juliana Hall

January 2018 Featured Composer: Juliana Hall This month we’re featuring American art song composer Juliana Hall (b. 1958). A prolific and highly-regarded composer of vocal music, her songs have been described as “brilliant” (Washington Post), “beguiling” (Times of London), and “the most genuinely moving music of the afternoon” (Boston Globe). The NATS Journal of Singing… Read More Beauty, Truth, and Insight through Song: Interview with Juliana Hall

“It is important for us music ministers to remember why we do what we do.”

An introduction to Paul Westermeyer’s Church Musicians: Reflections on Their Call, Craft, History, and Challenges by Kelly Dobbs-Mickus Have you ever met Paul Westermeyer? As I was reading his book Church Musicians: Reflections on Their Call, Craft, History, and Challenges, I recognized the direct but impactful style of his discourse from the many times I… Read More “It is important for us music ministers to remember why we do what we do.”

Getting into the Christmas Spirit with The Snow Lay on the Ground

Everyone has their favorite Christmas album. Whether it’s Bing Crosby, Mariah Carey, The Nutcracker Suite, or Messiah, decorating a tree, sitting by a fire, baking cookies and other traditions just don’t feel the same without the right music in the background. This year we have enjoyed listening to the 2016 Arsis release, The Snow Lay… Read More Getting into the Christmas Spirit with The Snow Lay on the Ground

Featured Recording: Allen Shawn – Piano Works / Julia Bartha

For this month’s Featured Recording, we turn to composer Allen Shawn. Recorded in Hannover in 2013, Julia Bartha takes us through five of Shawn’s multi-movement works for piano in the Coviello Classics release, titled Allen Shawn: Piano Works–Julia Bartha, Piano. Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times writes: “This recent recording offers an immersion into… Read More Featured Recording: Allen Shawn – Piano Works / Julia Bartha

Robert Hobby: Keyboard & Choral Composer of the Month

Robert A. Hobby, born 1962, currently serves as Director of Music for Trinity English Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his responsibilities include playing for many of the worship services, overseeing the graded choral program, and managing the concerts the church offers. Numerous activities during his tenure include Trinity Church establishing a choral series with… Read More Robert Hobby: Keyboard & Choral Composer of the Month