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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 8: Learning to Practice

Musicians are constantly told to go practice. But what does that really mean? We’re not always shown how to practice. There are methods and techniques for practicing that will help you achieve your goals.

Episode 7: The I Word

Many people in the arts are no stranger to self-doubt and impostor syndrome. In this episode, I talk about what imposter syndrome is, what some of the causes are for me, and how I’m...

Episode 6: Self-Publishing for Composers

Hear about some of the sites now available for composers to self-publish their music. Learn about my own journey with publishing and find out if this route is an option for you. If you’re...