Missed Cues: Two ways we miscommunicate in rehearsals.

As conductors, we are tasked with communicating the written score to an audience through our ensembles. Here are two habits in rehearsals we can break. It is not the easiest of tasks. Conductors take music in its written form and ask musicians to create and combine sounds in order to breath life into ink. To …

Monday Morning Music: Blow It Up, Start Again

When classical music gets mixed with the popular genre, you get some fun music. When mixed with dub-step, you get Blow It Up, Start Again. It is this week’s “Monday Morning Music.” Each composer has their own style of writing, even when they study with the same teachers. The composition studio of John Corigliano is …

Rehearsal Techniques: Expressive words will create expressive playing

Rehearsal is always an interesting time. The goal is often the same: improve the musical performance of the ensemble. In order to accomplish this, conductors will sit and study their scores trying to analyze every aspect possible. Form. The rhythms. Chord progression. Melody, harmony, and balance concerns. All of these items come under scrutiny when …

Monday Morning Music: Octet by Igor Stravinsky

There are many wonderful pieces of music throughout the ages. For me, no single piece is better than Octet for Winds by Igor Stravinsky. Fact: Classical music is filled with amazing pieces. The symphonies of Mahler. The operas of Wagner. Beethoven, Mozart, Strauss, Schoenberg. There are too many works of significant quality by outstanding composers …