Music Appreciation: America the Beautiful by Carmen Dragon

Lori Archer Sutherland

Lori Archer Sutherland earned a Bachelor of Music in Theory and Composition degree from the Ohio State University and a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She composes, performs, and teaches clarinet. She plays bass clarinet with the Crystal Lake Community Band and the Woodstock City Band, clarinet with Winds Off the Lake Woodwind Quintet, and is the founder and organizer of the Knock on Wood Clarinet Choir, where she plays an even bigger clarinet. Check out her site and podcast at tonaldiversions.com

2 Responses

  1. Ron Stilwell says:

    I saw this post re the premiere performance of Carmen Dragon’s “America, the Beautiful” by the Ohio State University Concert Band. I had the privilege of being a member of the Concert Band when we performed it. The occasion was the 30th anniversary of the Ohio Institute for Education by Radio and Television in 1960 (in the spring I believe) held at the Deshler-Hilton Hotel in Columbus, Ohio.. Carmen Dragon had been invited because of his contribution to the field through his radio show “Chevron School Broadcast”. This arrangement has become the “gold standard” of the piece, and I feel honored to have been a part of the premiere.

    • What a great premiere to be a part of! It’s good to know some more about the history of the premiere and the piece. I agree that this arrangement is the gold standard; it’s absolutely gorgeous. Thank you for sharing your story.