Celebrating Black Music: Adolphus Hailstork 

Trinity Le, CFK Intern Adolphus Hailstork, a contemporary American composer, hails from upstate New York and currently resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Like so many of our great composers, Hailstork […]

Ensemble Spotlight: Imani Winds

A. Kori Hill If you play a woodwind or brass instrument, chances are you’ve played in a wind quintet. And you’ve likely come across the work of Imani Winds. They’ll […]

Artist Spotlight: Sheku Kanneh-Mason

A. Kori Hill Meet Sheku Kanneh-Mason. A cellist from Great Britain, he travels to different countries every year, playing solo recitals or concerts with orchestras. On April 26-27, Sheku will […]

Does it Need to Sound Pretty? Part II

A. Kori Hill It’s time to meet Julia Perry! Born in Lexington, Kentucky in 1924 and raised in Akron, Ohio, Perry pursued a composition career in the United States and […]

Does it Need to Sound Pretty? Part One

A. Kori Hill If you study classical music, you’ve probably been told to take the edge out of your sound and make it pretty. There is so much classical music […]

What Defines Musical Style?

A. Kori Hill When you hear “popular music,” what do you think of? Likely, a big name like Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, maybe Elvis Presley, or the Supremes. But in terms […]

A Lesson on Minimalism

A. Kori Hill Repetition is a funny thing–it can be boring or exciting. It can make you feel like you’re going nowhere or rediscovering something familiar. You can feel all […]

Let’s Learn About Serialism

A. Kori Hill Over a hundred years ago, there lived a guy named Arnold Schoenberg (1874–1951). He was frustrated because Classical music had gotten so big, long, complex, and chromatic […]

Understanding Symphonies

Dun dun dun DUN! Four of the most recognizable notes in classical music. All thanks to Ludwig van Beethoven and his Symphony No. 5 in C minor.

Music Scholars

There are SO many great music scholars out there. So many folks that make it easy for us to access information on music and its history. That’s the cool thing about music scholarship: it doesn’t stay the same. Because there’s always something new to uncover or reinvestigate.