School’s Out For the Summer!

From finding ways to encourage the performance of new music by students to creating opportunities for all composers to write for young players and considering how to help educators find their way to us, many penetrating questions have been raised. But has this online conversation made a difference?

So Far, Yet So Close

In New Zealand, nationally specific material is separated out into its own section in book stores and record shops. But, by and large, contemporary classical music (that term again) is still overshadowed by standard rep and local pop fare. Sound familiar?

Getting Buffaloed

The “system” is outmoded, and the divisions imposed by our institutions
only succeed in keeping young composers apart, despite the fact that
students themselves don’t buy into all the divisiveness.

As Thousands Cheer

Are over-the-top responses to performances sincere expressions of aesthetic pleasure or manifestations of emotional states that are far more complex?