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December 1, 2018

Teaching is a profession that almost everyone holds an opinion on how to improve. In the video below, which has garnered over 37 million views, a visibly upset student criticizes his teacher's methods.."Get up and teach instead of giving them a packet!" he says in...

August 19, 2017

Musical ensembles neither run nor flourish on an abundance of passion, nor talent, nor charitable good will when they lack financial means.  Everything these groups need- a hall to play in, insurance, scores and parts for the musicians to play, concert programs to dist...

May 26, 2017

I've been learning the C Major prelude from the Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier Book II, and find myself mystified by the intricacy with which the composer weaves found independent voices together.  Bach rarely lands on a root position harmony, thereby avoiding a sense of...

February 10, 2017

The London School of Economics has an excellent podcast series, in which university lectures on a broad array of topics are broadcast to a wider public.  This week they released a panel discussion called "Music and the Absolute," in which the composer/performer Ni...

February 7, 2017

What are we going to do about education now?

Although I don't support Betsy Devos as head of the department of education, her appointment does not come as a surprise. Nor is it a pivotal tragedy. Unfortunately her confirmation today represents just a single landmark in...

Whether you're studying Music Education now or hope to become a music teacher soon, chances are you're facing a highly competitive job market. Every year, universities across the country turn out thousands of Music Education majors to fill what seems to be an ever-dwin...

April 4, 2016

Recently Completed Pieces:

Sorrow of the Earth, for Brass Quintet and Wind Band

Piano score for Four Catalan Songs

Currently Working on:

Duet for Oboe and Cello based on bird song for Veronica Parralles .  Having a tough time with it.

Arrangement of Symphony No. 2 for...

March 3, 2016

Since Late November:

Pieces Started: 13

Several Organ Pieces, many sketches of chamber works for varying combinations of strings and piano, a few chorales, a piece for brass quintet and organ based on the book of Lamentations from the Old Testament.

Pieces Completed: 4

A p...

November 9, 2015

Currently I am working two projects:


1) A symphony for the Arapahoe Philharmonic

2) A composition for Flute and Piano


This post is mainly about the symphony, which I am in the midst of orchestrating.  The conclusion has yet to be written, and the dissonant departure at...

July 21, 2015

On Monday, June 29, Pianist Alessandro Mazzamuto captivated the audience of Weill Recital Hall in his Carnegie Hall Debut.   Sponsored by the Birte Moller Performing arts grant, and administered by the Center for Musical Excellence (CME), the ambitious program included...

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