Hoop Dreams

As a composer of intimidating-looking music, what compromises, if any, do I need to make in order to break into the realm of symphonic writing?

There is No Them

While it is extremely convenient to simplify ideas through binaries and compartmentalization, art (and indeed human nature) is rarely so clear cut.

Those Who Do and Teach

Why do so many composers shy away from declaring themselves pedagogues; do we actually believe that “those who can’t do, teach?”

Not Totally Obsessed

Lately, I’ve been hearing the language used to describe enjoyment and interest take a turn toward mental imbalance.

Sound Good to You?

I’ve been forced to consider a problem I’ve been putting off for years: My music just doesn’t sound good enough.

Bursting the Bubble

I’m trying my best to recover from list-o-mania (you know, obsessing over all these lists of the greatest “fill in the blank”). However, my fuming while reading through all these lists did inspire some new lines of questioning about our relationship to the music we care about and its seemingly fragile relationship to the world beyond us.

As Effective as Online Dating

Perhaps it is time to take matters into our own hands and create something like for facilitating the creation and playing of new music by young players.

Get Into the Groove

There’s no reason a so-called serious composer should feel the urge to pooh-pooh something just because it has a steady beat.