First @ Fourth

I tend not to be nervous on Sunday mornings.  I figure what’s going to happen will happen.  Wendesday evenings are another matter, as I worry about getting everything ready.  Even with this being my first Sunday as choir director at Fourth Presbyterian, I wasn’t too nervous.  Excited, yes, but not nervous.  This, despite nightmares this … Continue reading First @ Fourth

Big Shoes

Last night I officially met the Fourth Presbyterian choir and had my first rehearsal with them. I don’t start until October 9, but the Wednesday before that is supposed to be a celebration of the tenure of Dr. Kyser, and it would have been awkward for me to follow that with a rehearsal.

Picking up the baton

Monday night there was a call waiting for me from Fourth Presbyterian in Greenville.  My good friend and colleague, Dr. Ramon Kyser, is retiring, and I was asked about taking the interim Minster of Music position.  The call did not surprise me – I’ve worked closely with Dr. Kyser over the years, as well as … Continue reading Picking up the baton

Moog Music

Yesterday we learned of the passing of Robert Moog, physicist, musician, and inventor of the Moog Synthesizer. Moog had brain cancer, and died at his home in Asheville, NC.

Spy Music

Spy MusicAfter watching the Fantastic Four and drawing the inevitable comparisons with The Incredibles, I got to thinking about the really cool soundtrack for the Incredibles. It seemed the perfect addition to my “cool music” collection, so I set off in search of a copy. It took some doing, but I did finally found a copy.

What the Audience Never Hears

This weekend the Greenville Chorale and the Greenville Symphony Orchestra performed Mendelssohn’s Elijah as part of the Artisphere Festival.  It was a moving, impressive performance, and garnered a rave review from Ann Hicks in the Greenville News.  The only real problem was with turn-out — the Peace Center looked empty.  Not that the concert was … Continue reading What the Audience Never Hears

Kindertotenlieder

Last night I performed in one of the most difficult concerts of my career.  The Children’s Hospital of Greenville holds an annual service in memorial to those children who have died in the hospital in the past year.  This year the Greenville Chorale Chamber Ensemble  was invited to sing.  The service consists of a half-hour video … Continue reading Kindertotenlieder