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Tonal Diversions Music Music Appreciation Blog

Photo shows Lori Archer Sutherland posing with the Midwest Clinic 75th Anniversary Sign

Lori’s Midwest Clinic Adventure

I got to attend the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic this year! It’s right nearby in Chicago every year, but this is the first time I’ve been to the entire conference. A few years...

A photograph of Lori and her bass clarinet

Tonal Diversions Interview at VoyageChicago

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by VoyageChicago, an online magazine. This is my first interview! Thank you to VoyageChicago for giving me an opportunity to talk about Tonal Diversions Music and...

Me performing "The Old Grumbly Bear" with the Crystal Lake Community Band, July 2015

In High Praise of the Adult Amateur Musician

I attended the first-ever Chicago Clarinet Symposium this weekend at Northeastern Illinois University. It was two days filled with everything clarinet: master classes, concerts, vendor displays and sample instruments. I enjoyed my time there....

A photograph of Lori at a piano lesson, ca. 1983. She is sitting at the piano, with one hand on the keyboard, and turned to look at the camera.

Loving classical music – unabashedly

I love classical music. Unabashedly. I’ve loved classical my whole life. My aunt used to tell a story about my four- or five-year-old self: We were in a store once,  listening to some music...

Episode 14: I Went to Band Camp

Synopsis:My husband and I went to band camp for adults! In this episode, find out more about our experience at Birch Creek Wind Ensemble Retreat. Find Lori’s sheet music at: Sheet Music Plus (affiliate...