“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

David Conte November Performances

  Sunday, November 12th, 2017 “Her Kind”  from “Sexton Songs” Marnie Breckenridge, soprano Hope Briggs, piano Newman Auditorium, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA Performance details       Sunday, November 12th, 2017 Gift of the Magi University of Delaware Opera Theatre Performance details     Sunday, November 19th, 2017 “Fantasy”  for solo piano… Read More David Conte November Performances

“Buoso’s Ghost” at 2018 University of Central Florida Festival

In April 2018, University of Central Florida will stage Buoso’s Ghost by Michael Ching in their UCF Celebrates the Arts Festival. The date for the performance will be announced soon. UCF plans to pair Ching’s opera with Giacomo Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. Based on part of Dante’s Divine Comedy, Gianni Schicchi (the final installment of Puccini’s Il Trittico) is the beloved comic… Read More “Buoso’s Ghost” at 2018 University of Central Florida Festival

Tom Cipullo & Michael Ching featured at National Opera Association

After Life Loyola University (New Orleans) stages Tom Cipullo and David Mason’s After Life as part of the National Opera Association’s Dominick Argento Chamber Opera Competition on January 5.  The Dominick Argento Chamber Opera Competition encourages the composition and performance of short operas especially useful in opera workshops and other training venues. The competition runs in two-year cycles. In… Read More Tom Cipullo & Michael Ching featured at National Opera Association