Winter 2021: Creating New Piano Music in the Digital Age

 Introduction By this point, you've probably heard a narrative that goes something like this: in the age of YouTube, Spotify, smart phones, and eBooks, the traditional gatekeepers no longer determine who can publish, who can be seen, and who can have a voice. Any artist, writer, or performer has the opportunity to...
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Winter 2021: Creative Commemorations: How a Performer, Composer, and Teacher Celebrated Beethoven's 250th Anniversary

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 Josh Straub Chris Madden (CM): How did the Beerthoven concert series begin? Josh Straub (JS): I have to admit that I'm not the person who started the Beerthoven concert series—it was my partner Daniel Swayze—but I was involved relatively early on. It's kind of ironic that Daniel and I both took Martha Hilley's Career ...
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Winter 2021: Anne-Marie McDermott: Artist, Leader, Innovator

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Andrea McAlister (AM): How are you holding up during this time? Are you enjoying a more relaxed schedule?  Anne-Marie McDermott (AMM): The world is stopped but we're all busier than ever! It seems that everything takes more effort and time these days. AM: And then you suddenly had to reinvent the Bravo! Festival. What was that l...
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Winter 2021: Poetry Corner: Stampede of Fingers

A stampede of fingers Over the keyboard, in parallel And contrary motion. Accidentals, Crowd the corridor, gate the rush Of impetuous fingers In whole and half steps. Keys: The C scale, devoid of accidentals, Is yet a trick to pull off, tells all To an astute auditor. As for C sharp, Though posh with accidentals, It's not so hard as it may seem to ...
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Winter 2021: Editor's Letter: Celebrating Musical Innovators

Ludwig van Beethoven was baptized on December 17, 1770, in Bonn. Although unimaginable on that winter day, his influence on generations of musicians across Europe cannot be overstated. To this day, his work occupies an enormous part of our musical canon and playing certain Beethoven sonatas remains a rite of passa...
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Winter 2021: The Gift of New Musical Experience: Creating a Studio Commissioning Project

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For many students, learning a new piece can be an adventure. This sense of mystery and excitement wanes as we get to know the repertoire for the piano and become familiar with the music of various composers. But what if there was a way to restore this sense of wonder? A studio commissioning project could be the answer. Aside from providin...
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