I am a Southern California-based musicologist, writer, editor, and speaker who has a passion for connecting others with classical music.
Whether through program notes, pre-concert talks, or blog posts, I seek to illuminate historical context, musical structure, and the stories behind the music in ways that are informative, interesting, and accessible to listeners.
So, enjoy looking around my website! Feel free to reach out if you want to chat or inquire about my services—I’d love to hear from you!
I love the vast surface of silence; and it is my chief delight to break it.
On September 28, I embarked on a somewhat odd task: to listen to a single classical piece every day for 30 days. Why you ask? It’s difficult to say. Perhaps it was out of a desire to really, intimately get to know a piece of music. Perhaps it was to spice up the doldrums of […]
Though COVID sadly (but understandably) canceled what would have been my third summer working at the Aspen Music Festival, I am grateful to have received a few writing opportunities from Aspen as well as the Music Academy of the West in Montecito. Below are the fruits of that labor, which take the form of both […]
In 2015, the Southern California-based writer CK Dexter Haven posed the following question to the classical music blogosphere: “If you had to pick nine symphonies—no more, no less—by different composers to include as part of a proverbial desert island survival kit, what would they be?” This intriguing challenge quickly caught fire across the Interwebs as […]