Listen!

On this Listen page you will find a mixture of things: a sampling of some of my musical compositions, excerpts from some of my own performances (relatively recent ones as well as from the more distant past) – with a few performance by my voice students — and a few representatives examples of the interviews I do on my daily radio program “The Morning Show” on WGTD FM 91.1 and wgtd.org. Happy Listening!

To Sing God’s Praise

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In the fall of 1987,  I was back at Luther for my 5th year reunion.  I'm pretty sure it was at the Saturday morning homecoming parade that I bumped into Weston Noble,  who was sweet enough to say that he had missed hearing me sing and wanted me to stop by his office and sing

“Hush”

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A beautiful song by a very talented Luther graduate named Ben Larson. Ben lost his life in the 2010 earthquake in Haiti - but not before creating all kinds of moving songs like this one. I was asked by Ben's parents to create a choral arrangement of "Hush."  I hope I have managed to retain

Morning Show interview with Starbuck’s Howard Behar

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I don't think I fully appreciated at the time what a privilege it was for me to be able to record an interview with Howard Behar, a past president of Starbucks.   I think part of the reason may be that I am not a coffee drinker (I've never had so much as a sip

Trumpeter Christopher Martin- Pt. Two

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Here is part two of the phone interview I did several years ago with Christopher Martin, who was named principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony back in 2005.  It was just announced that he has resigned that position in order to assume a similar post with the New York Philharmonic.   In this portion of

Trumpeter Christopher Martin

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Trumpeter Christopher Martin,  principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony since 2005,  has resigned his position with the CSO in order to become principal trumpet with the New York Philharmonic.  I had the great pleasure of interviewing Mr. Martin a couple of years ago when he appeared as guest soloist with the Lake Geneva Symphony.  

Interview with Weston Noble- Part 5

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This is the fifth section of my 2007 radio interview with Weston Noble.  I ask him to talk about Nordic's place in the grand tradition of Lutheran collegiate choral music-  and I also ask him a fairly pointed question about the contrast between Nordic and the St. Olaf Choir.  He also describes the circumstances which

Interview with Weston Noble- Part 4

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This is part four of my radio interview with Weston Noble from back in 2007.  In this portion of the conversation,  he continues comparing and contrasting his work with choirs vs. bands, and explains why he had to reluctantly relinquish directorship of the bands in the mid-1970's.  He also offers some insights into why he

Interview with Weston Noble- Part 3

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Here is the third part of my radio interview with Weston Noble, recorded back in 2007.  In this portion of the interview,  he talks about returning to his alma mater - Luther College in Decorah, Iowa -  as a member of the faculty - scarcely older than some of the students he was teaching!  

Interview with Weston Noble – Part Two

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This is part two of my interview with Weston Noble, which we recorded back in the fall of 2007, in the midst of the year he spent as conductor-in-residence of the Carthage Choir. In this portion of the interview,  he discusses his experiences as a student at Luther - his military service - and his

Interview with Weston Noble – #1

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This is the opening of my 2007 radio interview with Weston Noble.   It is in this portion of his interview that he talks about his childhood.    (More excerpts to follow.) The musical excerpt which precedes the interview features the Nordic Choir and the Luther Orchestra in the closing measures of Sir William Walton's