THE ANTHEM IN MY POCKET

Over the years of leading various ensembles, I’ve learned that it’s always good to have a song or two “in my pocket” that I can put in front of my group and have them “Sunday morning ready” with a very limited amount of rehearsal time. These often-called “one (or two, if I’m lucky!) rehearsal wonders”…

Listen Closely

Much of my editorial process involves not only reading through a printed manuscript, but playing through it and/or listening to the Finale playback. Or, if it’s an arrangement of an existing song, comparing it to an original or “source” recording. More often than not, all is well, and there are no issues. However, there are…

CHRISTMAS “365”

I’ve often said that in my job it’s “Christmas all year round!” It seems as though no matter the month, there is almost always Advent and Christmas music at some stage of production on my desk. Working ahead is critical, so we actually start in the Fall for the next year’s Christmas season. It’s planning…

Many Voices, One Song

Autumn is my favorite season. Here in Wisconsin, the weather is “just right” (not too hot, not too cold!).. and the trees are showing off their vibrant reds and golden hues. I take about every chance I can to get outside and take it all in.. after all, it will be snowing soon! I love this…