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Photo of Amy Marcy (Cheney) Beach (1867-1944)

Help Celebrate the 150th Birthday of This Pioneering Composer

Happy birthday, Amy Beach! Who’s Amy Beach, you ask? Sadly, too many people ask that question, despite her being one of America’s foremost woman composers. As today is the 150th anniversary of her birth,...

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Escape to Veracruz Through Márquez’s Sultry “Danzon No. 2”

Let’s travel to Alamos, Mexico, birthplace of composer Arturo Márquez. Márquez was born in 1950 in Alamos, living there until 1962, when his family moved to Los Angeles County, California. He was exposed to...

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....

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Music Appreciation: Discussion by Yves Gourhand

I don’t know how it is where you live, but here in the Chicago suburbs the weather has been glorious for February! We’ve been able to take walks outside, open the windows a bit,...

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How to Improve Your Ear With the Delightful Tune “Praeludium”

It’s January. It’s cold, snowy, and downright dreary. You’re tired of all the layers of clothing and being cooped up inside. Spring seems so far away! So what’s a winter-sport-averse person to do to...

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