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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...

A photo of Lori, Joseph, and Michael at their booth at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic

Midwest Clinic Adventures 2022

I got to attend the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic again this year! Last year was great and I’m so glad I got to attend again this year. If you remember from 2021, I...

Episode 17: Plot Twist, part 2

Synopsis:Life loves to throw us curve balls. Like getting diagnosed with ADHD in my 40s. Find Lori’s sheet music at: Sheet Music Plus (affiliate link), JW Pepper, and Sheet Music Direct Support Tonal Diversions...

Episode 16: Plot Twist, part 1

Synopsis: Life loves to throw us curve balls. Like getting diagnosed with ADHD in my 40s. Find Lori’s sheet music at: Sheet Music Plus (affiliate link), JW Pepper, and Sheet Music Direct Support Tonal...