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!

The First Nowell- with Weston Noble

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I am so fortunate to have three-fold memories of making music with the legendary Weston Noble:  from my undergraduate days (1978-1982),  from his year in residency with the Carthage Choir (2007-2008 - and brief return visits in subsequent years) and in the Weston Noble Alumni Choir.  How blessed was I?  In this season, I find

Bright, New Love

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This is my newest Christmas composition.  I wrote it for my Lincoln Chamber Singers for this year's Christmas Festival, "From Heaven Above."   Because composer Jocelyn Hagen had been commissioned to write a piece based on that hymn tune to serve as the concert's finale,  there were to be no other arrangements of that hymn sung

Refuge and Strength

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This is a setting I composed of Psalm 46 - "God is our refuge and strength" - which is one of the traditional readings for Reformation Day.  It is sung here by the Senior Choir of Holy Communion Lutheran Church, where I am minister of music.   This was composed for a particular Reformation Day where

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