Diverse Music Education

Welcome to September – and back to classes for students across the country!  As educators finalize syllabi and students return practicing after a summer hiatus, we applaud the efforts being made by all teachers – whether classroom instructors or private...

Written by Mrs. Bach

The long awaited, and much debated, documentary that investigates the role of Anna Magdalena Bach as not only wife but collaborator and, most controversially, composer of the Cello Suites, is now available online. The evidence uncovered and explored by musicologist...

Grieving and healing: Julia Perry’s “Stabat Mater”

The U.S. continues to mourn the massacre of nine African Americans in a South Carolina church.  At the Rev. Clementa Pinckney’s funeral service, President Barack Obama drew on the healing power of words melded with music, as he sang “Amazing Grace.”  This was a...

Portrait of the Composer as a Young Woman

As noted earlier, I’m performing in the BARS Concert June 6. I’ve written the program notes for the concert, and here they are! The three pieces on our program today are linked, as our title suggests, by all being composed when their creators were young...