RCICW day 2

Absolutely shattered after a long, intense day at the RCICW, but really want to make note of a few thoughts. The more I teach and the longer I work the more I’m in awe of the students. One leaves one’s studying years behind for two reasons. First, you may be lucking enough to have accumulated […]

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RCICW day 1

Very intense, but exciting, first day of the RCICW. For those of you who aren’t conductors, here is basically how most workshops like this work…. The main challenge for any young conductor is finding an instrument (orchestra) to practice on. In order to provide an orchestra for the student conductors, we have work on a […]

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Beethoven and sound

Beethoven-    Why do we talk about him in such simplistic terms? Why do we have to choose sides between old school loud, slow and flabby and new school fast, shrill and cold? Is absence of vibrato really a sophisticated sound concept? Is vibrato on every note really a sophisticated sound concept?    Twenty years […]

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The RCICW

I’m heading back to Oregon this week for one of my favorite projects of the year. From June 22-25, I’ll be working with two outstanding colleagues as director of the Rose City International Conductors Workshop in Portland, Oregon. This workshop was the brainchild of the musicians of the Rose City Chamber Orchestra, a player-run orchestra who […]

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Modernism Pt I

Note- This is the first of a projected two part series on modernism in music. Today’s piece is essentially about the argument against modernism, the next one is the argument for modernism. Stay tuned! KW Recently, the British composer Harrison Birtwistle made the news when he stood to collect the classical prize at the Novello […]

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Welcome

This is a site for listeners and audience members who like to keep track of my concert work. They can use these pages to follow me on my travel, get insights into how concerts happen, and get my thoughts on the concerts they’re coming to or just attended. I’ll also be using this space to introduce listeners […]

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