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DLLoftCDCover110The organ music of Dan Locklair will be the focus of American Public Media’s Pipedreams radio program for the week of September 30.

The two-hour Unlocking Locklair program is hosted by Michael Barone and will present 7 of the composer’s major works, including the first national broadcast of his Concerto for Organ and Orchestra (2010)  in a performance by the Eastern Festival Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz, conductor, with soloist Susan Bates.

Other works on the program are the broadcast Premieres of O Festive Day and Trumpets of Light,  along with Sonata da Chiesa, Anthem: The Lone Wild Bird, Ayre for the Dance, In Mystery and Wonder and Phoenix Processional.   

The program will be broadcast nationally on APM- affiliated stations beginning September 30. Check your local listings for broadcast times in your area.

The show will also be available for listening at the Pipedreams website after September 30. For more about Pipedreams – Unlocking Locklair,

More information about Dan Lockair, including a bio, list of works, discography and much more, at

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Free Seminar:  December 3, 2013, 3-5pm Eastern

Maximizing Your Concert Appearance

With Peter Gordon, Marty Ashby and Myles Weinstein


Attend: in person at Saint Peter’s Church in midtown Manhattan or via live-stream

A performance can be so much more than showing up at a gig and playing your heart out. Today’s successful concert is part of a living, breathing ecosystem—connecting artist, presenter, social/print media, radio/television, and fans. In the first hour, the panel will outline strategies, techniques and innovative approaches to making the most of your live appearances. In the second hour, they’ll review specific projects spotlighting real-world successes within the CMA community.

Peter Gordon is the founder of Jazz Forward Coalition and Thirsty Ear Recordings, a 36 year-old indie record label that has released over 300 records. Gordon is a founding board member of the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) . He was the lead negotiator in the landmark FCC radio accord and was a founding VP of the World Independent Network—WIN, representing 20 international music trade organizations. Gordon recently co-founded the Jazz Forward Coalition, a leadership group advocating sustainability and cultural growth for the Jazz community.

Marty Ashby is the Executive Producer and founder of MCG Jazz, a program of the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG) in Pittsburgh, PA. He has produced over 2,000 concerts and 45 recordings on the MCG Jazz label, including three GRAMMY® Award and two Latin GRAMMY® Award winners and has raised over $25 million to support the MCG Jazz program.  He was recently awarded a EPP Goldman-Sachs fellowship at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

Myles Weinstein’s Unlimited Myles, Inc. exclusively represents such leading artists Regina Carter, Kenny Barron, Stefon Harris, Luciana Souza and Vijay Iyer.  From 1993-2001, Myles was the founding director of the jazz division at Herbert Barrett Management. He has played percussion, timpani and drums with Stefon Harris, Steve Turre, the Long Island Philharmonic and the Joffrey Ballet Orchestra.   In the 90’s, he co-led with Chris Potter the ensemble, The Jazz Mentality.

First Tuesdays is a free professional development seminar series presented by Chamber Music America in partnership with Saint Peter’s Church and Midtown Arts Commons. Workshops are live-streamed and archived on the CMA website.


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Free Seminar:  November 4, 2013, 3-5pm Eastern

Time Management for Creative People

With Aaron Landsman, Tribeca Leadership Affiliate Consultant


Attend: in person at Saint Peter’s Church in midtown Manhattan or via live-stream

A focus session for musicians and other music professionals on managing your time for creative projects, administrative tasks, emails and social media, self and family needs and wants, and—if necessary—worry. Learn the 20-minute rule, the difference between urgent and important, and prioritizing your own projects over offers to participate in others’ gigs. Landsman coaches artists and executives in the creative community through Tribeca Leadership, LLC, among other groups. He is also a stage and commercial actor, playwright and monologist.

First Tuesdays is a free professional development seminar series presented by Chamber Music America in partnership with Saint Peter’s Church and Midtown Arts Commons. Workshops are live-streamed and archived on the CMA website.


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Free Seminar: 42 Revenue Streams for Musicians

With Jean Cook, Director of Progams, Future of Music Coalition

Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 3-5 pm Eastern


Attend in person or online:

How do you earn your money from music? Learn ways to expand your revenue-generating capacity and formulate the best mix of music income for you. Join Jean Cook, Director of Programs from the Future of Music Coalition, in a discussion of the 42 revenue streams available to composers and performers based on changes in copyright law and FMC’s findings from its Artist Revenue Streams, a project that collects and studies data from U.S. musicians on how they make a living.

For the last two years Jean Cook  co-directed FMC’s Artist Revenue Streams project. She is a member of New Music USA’s New Media Council and also currently serves as Chair of APAP’s Classical Connections Committee. Cook is a also a musician and producer.

Future of Music Coalition is a national nonprofit organization that works to ensure a diverse musical culture where artists flourish, are compensated fairly for their work, and where fans can find the music they want.  fairly for their work, and where fans can find the music they want.

First Tuesdays is a free professional development seminar series presented by Chamber Music America in partnership with Saint Peter’s Church and Midtown Arts Commons.

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Free Seminar: The Affordable Care Act Primer

With Renata Maninaro, Eastern Region Director of Health Services for the Actors Fund

Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 3:00-5:00 p.m.  Eastern



Learn how the Affordable Care Act will affect musicians and small music companies. Health insurance options for people working in the performing arts should increase greatly in the coming year, as competitive insurance exchanges are implemented, along with subsidies for low- to middle-income subscribers, and small business tax credits.

Renata Marinaro, Eastern Region Director of Health Services for the Actors Fund,  will be your guide to the new health-insurance opportunities, which become effective as of   January 1, 2014.

First Tuesdays is a professional development workshop series that offers free monthly seminars for the small ensemble field from October through June. The program is presented by Chamber Music America in partnership with Saint Peter’s Church and Midtown Arts Common.

Funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Additional support for this seminar is provided by New York Community Trust, the Community Service Society and the Actors Fund.


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MeiraWarshauer1009AMeira Warshauer’s Tekeeyah (a call) – Concerto for Shofar, Trombone  and Orchestra, will be broadcast on American Public Media’s Performance Today on Friday, September 6 on public radio stations across the United States.

This will be Tekeeyah‘s second broadcast on Performance Today, this time from a live concert performance. More about this broadcast and Performance Today at

The broadcast features Neal Gittleman and the Dayton Philharmonic, with shofar/trombone soloist Haim Avitsur. Tekeeyah will also be available online for 1 week after the initial broadcast at

You can see an excerpt of the piece on YouTube at More excerpts can be found at

Read Ms. Warshauer’s complete program notes and other articles about the piece at

Shofar and trombone virtuoso Haim Avitsur has premiered over 60 new pieces encompassing a broad range of styles from solo trombone to chamber music and orchestra. Visit him at

Meira Warshauer has devoted much of her creative output to Jewish themes and their universal message and her work also reflects a love and concern for the earth. The Navona label has released a CD (NV5842) featuring her Symphony No.1: Living Breathing Earth and Tekeeyah (a call), concerto for shofar, trombone and orchestra with soloist Haim Avitsur. More about the CD at Her website is at

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by Anne Akiko Meyers

Last March, I lost my beloved grandmother…. as I was incredibly pregnant with my second daughter, there was no way I could get on a plane to go to her funeral in Japan. It really hurt me deeply knowing that I could not see her face, kiss her cheek and hold her hand one last time. I was waiting to give birth to my beautiful, healthy 7 pound butterball named Hanako-chan (flower girl).

As I practice Vivaldi these days, I think of this and how Vivaldi died the very year that Guarneri del Gesu made one of his finest violins ever, the Vieuxtemps GDG, that I currently play on. It seems when a soul passes, a new one emerges and takes flight. Practicing the Vivaldi, I cannot believe the amount of joy, happiness and poetry that’s in the music. And likewise, I cannot believe the beauty of the Guarneri. What must have gone through that genius’ mind when he was creating it and what was in the genius soul of Vivaldi, the day he was put to rest…..


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HalS6Pianist Haskell Small is featured in a new Washington Conservatory video from the TEDMED 2013 conference, held this past April at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. First to appear onstage in a group of 12 Conservatory faculty pianists who performed Monti’s Czardas together on one piano, Mr. Small created the transcription and organizational structure, along with Conservatory Director Kathy Judd, for the performance.

You can also see the video at and visit the webpage at More about TEDMED at

Haskell Small has recorded for Naxos, MSR Classics, Museum Music, Orion, Northeastern, Ongaku, Centaur, 4Tay, Albany and Klavier. In recent seasons, Mr. Small has made several tours of Japan and Germany and performed piano recitals in New York, Paris and London. In the next few years, Small will be furthering his fascination with music that is primarily quiet, spacious, and of a mystical nature with a series of concerts in a number of cities that will feature solo and chamber works by himself and other composers. Performances have already been set in Washington, New York, San Francisco, and at Houston’s Rothko Chapel. You can see his videos on YouTube at

For more information about Haskell Small, visit his website –

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The North/South Consonance Ensemble under the direction of Max Lifchitz premiere works by Zosha Di Castri, Daniel Kessner, Mei Fang Lin and Jonathan Russell on Thursday June 6 at 8 PM.

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Richard Brooks

Composer Richard Brooks will present The Other Schoenberg, a talk about the life and work of composer Georg Schoenberg, on Wednesday, February 13 at 3:00 PM as part of the Society of Composer’s Inc. National Conference at The Ohio State University School of Music in Columbus.

Georg Schoenberg (1906-74), was the Austrian-born son of Arnold Schoenberg and his first wife, Mathilde von Zemlinsky. He is the composer of the 1959 autobiographical cantata Mein Lebenslauf. Video artist Nancy Bogen has created a video to accompany the music, which can be seen at

Mein Lebenslauf was never performed in Georg Schoenberg’s lifetime. The piece only existed in a piano-vocal score, so Ms. Bogen had Richard Brooks arrange it for vocal quartet and Pierrot Lunaire instrumental ensemble. Full texts of this work in the original German and English translation and more about Georg Schoenberg at

For more information about the Society of Composer’s Inc. National Conference, visit

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