I write program notes for an average of twenty concerts each season as Director of Scholarship to the Sugarmill Music Festival and as a freelance concert annotator. These include writings on a variety of genres and eras, including niche areas like the histories of the euphonium and saxophone and, most recently, calypso. My notes intelligently communicate sophisticated ideas to general audiences who do not necessarily possess musical backgrounds but who are eager nevertheless to fully experience music as listeners. They provide historical and cultural context without overburdening these lay audiences with technical terms.
I have written for regional music presenters, including the Sugarmill Music Festival, Rapides Symphony Orchestra, Arts Council of Central Louisiana, Shreveport Opera, and music faculty of Northwestern State University. Cellist Paul Christopher and the viola/piano team, the Mercer-McCollum Duo of Louisville, KY, keep me on retainer as annotator for all of their performances. My notes have been a welcome addition to concerts across the United States in Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York. Explore my notes in the extensive Program Notes Database or discover featured notes below.