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

May 22nd, 2017|Comments Off on To Sing God’s Praise

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

“Hush”

April 7th, 2017|2 Comments

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.

Morning Show interview with Starbuck’s Howard Behar

February 23rd, 2017|Comments Off on Morning Show interview with Starbuck’s Howard Behar

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

Trumpeter Christopher Martin- Pt. Two

February 22nd, 2017|Comments Off on Trumpeter Christopher Martin- Pt. Two

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

Trumpeter Christopher Martin

February 22nd, 2017|Comments Off on Trumpeter Christopher Martin

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

Interview with Weston Noble- Part 5

December 30th, 2016|Comments Off on Interview with Weston Noble- Part 5

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

Interview with Weston Noble- Part 4

December 30th, 2016|Comments Off on Interview with Weston Noble- Part 4

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

Interview with Weston Noble- Part 3

December 29th, 2016|Comments Off on Interview with Weston Noble- Part 3

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,

Interview with Weston Noble – Part Two

December 29th, 2016|Comments Off on Interview with Weston Noble – Part Two

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

Interview with Weston Noble – #1

December 29th, 2016|2 Comments

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

2016 Recital- My Dad Talks about Florence

September 27th, 2016|Comments Off on 2016 Recital- My Dad Talks about Florence

I asked my dad to say a few words about Love for my recent faculty recital-  and he surprised me when he said that he wanted to say a few words about Florence Foster Jenkins.

2016 Recital- Shower the People

September 27th, 2016|Comments Off on 2016 Recital- Shower the People

My faculty voice recital was not only in honor of our 25th wedding anniversary-  but it was also an opportunity to acknowledge 25th anniversary of the first time that Kathy and I sang with Kate

2016 Recital- I got the sun in the morning

September 27th, 2016|2 Comments

Here is a fun moment from my most recent faculty voice recital sung on September 11, 2016- "Love Changes Everything: 400 Years of Love in Song."   Since Kathy and I were to celebrate our

Caritas- “I Believe in a Place Called Hope”

June 25th, 2016|Comments Off on Caritas- “I Believe in a Place Called Hope”

This is from our album "How Sweet the Sound."    The singers are Kate Potter-Barrow, Kathy Berg,  Chip McCrary,  and Greg Berg. The words of the refrain are: I believe in a place called Hope

Morning Show: Eileen Farrell

June 4th, 2016|Comments Off on Morning Show: Eileen Farrell

I have had some thrilling moments in my years of doing the Morning Show at WGTD,  but I'm not sure anything quite equals the thrill I had of doing a phone interview with one of

The Jane Song

June 2nd, 2016|Comments Off on The Jane Song

I have been known to write and sing a few goof ball songs in my day - and here's the most recent.  It's a little ditty I composed for the farewell dinner/program for my Carthage

“To Joy” (Gerald Finzi)- sung by Austin Merschdorf

May 18th, 2016|Comments Off on “To Joy” (Gerald Finzi)- sung by Austin Merschdorf

This is a performance from the most recent Honors Recital at Carthage- May 15, 2016.  One of my sophomore voice students,  Austin Merschdorf sang three songs by Gerald Finzi …. each one related in one

Caritas sings “His Eye is on the Sparrow”

April 4th, 2016|Comments Off on Caritas sings “His Eye is on the Sparrow”

Charles Gabriel's "His Eye is on the Sparrow" is a beautiful song that I first encountered it many years ago when I heard Ethel Waters sing it for a televised Billy Graham Crusade.  As much

Caritas sings “Rest”

April 4th, 2016|Comments Off on Caritas sings “Rest”

At the recent funeral of Gary Green, a beloved former member of Holy Communion,  Caritas was asked to sing several songs that the Greens had listened to during Gary's final days.  One of them was

Black September – Final moments

February 12th, 2016|Comments Off on Black September – Final moments

These are the final moments of "Black September."  The words are by Matt Boresi.  The music is by me (with certain passages based on the main theme from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.) The killing of the

Greg & Steve Berg Sing a Duet!

January 31st, 2016|11 Comments

Nancy Honeytree's song "Live for Jesus" - as sung by Greg & Steve Berg way back in 1982.

The Mikado- Scene with Katisha/ Tit-Willow

January 14th, 2016|Comments Off on The Mikado- Scene with Katisha/ Tit-Willow

This is an excerpt from a Mikado performance I did opposite a Milwaukee legend: mezzo soprano Marlys Greinke.

“His Eye is on the Sparrow”

January 9th, 2016|Comments Off on “His Eye is on the Sparrow”

From many years ago, a duet I sang with Aaron Palmer at his church.

Nic Sluss-Rodionov: It is Enough

December 30th, 2015|Comments Off on Nic Sluss-Rodionov: It is Enough

My former voice student Nic Sluss-Rodionov sings a beautiful aria from "Elijah."

Kaj & Randi Sing “Amahl”

December 27th, 2015|Comments Off on Kaj & Randi Sing “Amahl”

Several excerpts from Menotti's "Amahl & the Night Visitors" sung informally by my sister Randi and her then-very-young son Kaj.

I know that my Redeemer Liveth – 2015

December 24th, 2015|Comments Off on I know that my Redeemer Liveth – 2015

Here's one more moment from the most recent Sing Along Messiah at Kenosha's First United Methodist Church -  the magnificent soprano aria "I know that my Redeemer Liveth" sung beautifully by Jennifer Hansen.

Thus Saith the Lord/ But who may Abide 2015

December 23rd, 2015|Comments Off on Thus Saith the Lord/ But who may Abide 2015

An excerpt from Mike Anderle's performance in the 2015 Sing Along Messiah.

Comfort ye/ Every Valley 2015

December 23rd, 2015|Comments Off on Comfort ye/ Every Valley 2015

An excerpt from Nick Huff's performance in the 2015 Sing Along Messiah.

But Who May Abide – Luther 1981

December 21st, 2015|5 Comments

My "Messiah" solo from my senior year at Luther College- 1981.

The Trumpet Shall Sound – Mike Anderle ’15

December 21st, 2015|2 Comments

An excerpt from Mike Anderle's performance at the 2015 Sing Along Messiah.

Thou Shalt Break Them / Nick Huff ’15

December 21st, 2015|Comments Off on Thou Shalt Break Them / Nick Huff ’15

An excerpt from Nick Huff's performance in the 2015 Sing Along Messiah.

Auld lang syne

December 20th, 2015|2 Comments

My performance of "Auld lang syne" at the 2015 Kenosha Pops Band Christmas Concert.

Do Not Awaken the Sleeping Little Baby

December 17th, 2015|Comments Off on Do Not Awaken the Sleeping Little Baby

A Christmas anthem I composed in 1999.

The Child Named Jesus

December 14th, 2015|2 Comments

This is the very first Greg Berg composition that was sung at Carthage - aside from an arrangement of the hymn "Cold December Flies Away."   I don't remember the precise year,  but I know

Thus Saith the Lord/ But Who May Abide

December 12th, 2015|Comments Off on Thus Saith the Lord/ But Who May Abide

Our bass soloist for the upcoming Sing Along Messiah in Kenosha is Mike Anderle.  I was Mike's voice teacher through all four years of his high school career plus his four years at Carthage  -

Comfort ye- Every Valley

December 10th, 2015|Comments Off on Comfort ye- Every Valley

One of the greatest musical thrills I get to experience, year after year, is when I conduct Kenosha's Sing Along Messiah at First United Methodist Church in Kenosha.   This year's Messiah is coming up

O Holy Night (Nick & Mike)

December 9th, 2015|Comments Off on O Holy Night (Nick & Mike)

This is Adolphe Adam's "O Holy Night" as performed by Nick Huff and Mike Anderle-  with the first verse sung in its original French.  Enjoy.

O Holy Night (Matt and Austin)

December 9th, 2015|Comments Off on O Holy Night (Matt and Austin)

Here is Adolphe Adam's as sung by two of my Carthage voice students,  Austin Merschdorf and Matt Burton (both sophomore).

Jeg er so glad

December 7th, 2015|Comments Off on Jeg er so glad

Here are the Lincoln Chamber Singers performing my arrangement of the Norwegian Christmas carol "Jeg er so glad" - with the first verse in Norwegian.  (Thanks to goddaughter, Anneka Barrow, for some much needed tutoring

O Lumine (O Splendid Light)

December 7th, 2015|Comments Off on O Lumine (O Splendid Light)

This is a new composition of mine that the Chamber Singers performed on this most recent Christmas Festival.  It's actually an extensive reworking of an earlier work of mine, called "Weary the World." This recording

Mother’s Love (Caritas)

December 5th, 2015|Comments Off on Mother’s Love (Caritas)

Here is another recording of my song "Mother's Love" by Caritas:  which consists of myself, Kathy, Kate Potter-Barrow, and Chip McCrary.  This is from our Christmas CD "Great and Glorious Light."

Mother’s Love

December 4th, 2015|Comments Off on Mother’s Love

I composed this song in 1998 to mark the 10th anniversary of my mom's death.  I badly wanted to write something in her memory,  but I think my own sense of urgency about it created

Great & Glorious Light

December 3rd, 2015|Comments Off on Great & Glorious Light

Here is the earliest recording I have of my song "Great and Glorious Light."  It's with the Chamber Singers .... and the two soloists are Nick Barootian and Caleb Sjogren.    It's interesting to hear

Biebl “Ave Maria”

December 2nd, 2015|Comments Off on Biebl “Ave Maria”

From the Carthage Christmas Festival 1999 -  the Carthage Choir sings the exquisite setting of 'Ave Maria' by Franz Biebl.   I vividly remember hearing this piece for the first time on a Chanticleer concert

Shepherds, Shake Off Your Drowsy Sleep

December 1st, 2015|Comments Off on Shepherds, Shake Off Your Drowsy Sleep

Here's  another fun moment from the 1999 Carthage Christmas Festival, for old time's sake.  The concert opened with the Carthage Choir men singing "Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow" from the back balcony.  After a brief

“Rise Up, Shepherds, and Follow”

November 30th, 2015|Comments Off on “Rise Up, Shepherds, and Follow”

In anticipation of this coming weekend's Christmas Festival at Carthage,  I'm going to post a couple of my own favorite moments.  This one comes from December 1999 - which is back in the days when

Cinderella Medley

November 27th, 2015|Comments Off on Cinderella Medley

Here's a fun moment from my Junior Voice Recital, which I sang back in the fall of 1980 with classmate Annette Kirkpatrick (now Annette de la Torre.)  Annette was a very assured and expressive singer

Popular/Side by Side

November 25th, 2015|Comments Off on Popular/Side by Side

The day I'm posting this (November 25th) is the 11th birthday of my lovely niece Lorelai.  In honor of that occasion, I thought it would be fun to share this fun moment from my 2013

Mercy and Love

November 24th, 2015|Comments Off on Mercy and Love

My song "Mercy and Love" springs from the Bible story of Jesus healing the ten lepers-  only one of whom thought to return the Jesus to offer Him thanks.  I composed this song back in

MS- Fannie Flagg

November 23rd, 2015|Comments Off on MS- Fannie Flagg

Here is an interview I recorded some years ago with best-selling author Fannie Flagg.  Those of us who are old enough remember her from her delightful appearances on "Candid Camera" and "Match Game" - but

Clock of the Years

November 23rd, 2015|Comments Off on Clock of the Years

This amazing song is by 20th century British composer Gerald Finzi and comes from his song set Earth and Air and Rain,  featuring poetry by Thomas Hardy.   In this fascinating text,  a man approaches

Schroeder & Lucy

November 22nd, 2015|Comments Off on Schroeder & Lucy

Here's a fun moment from my faculty recital from several years ago.  This is the piece with which I began the second half of the program.  It's a song from "You're a Good Man, Charlie

Shepherds, Shake Off …

November 21st, 2015|Comments Off on Shepherds, Shake Off …

Nothing like a Christmas song on a snowy day like today.   This is my arrangement of the carol "Shepherds, Shake Off Your Drowsy Sleep" for treble voices  -  and this was a performance of

I Remember it Well

November 19th, 2015|Comments Off on I Remember it Well

Here's a little something sung by my wife Kathy and me.  A lot of people seem to assume that our life is one long love duet -  and while we love each other very much,

MS: Jeff Gammage “China Ghosts”

November 19th, 2015|Comments Off on MS: Jeff Gammage “China Ghosts”

My brother Steve and his partner Scott adopted their wonderful son Henry from Cambodia.  That's one big reason why I have long been fascinated by the experience of overseas adoption- which is why I was

I hear an Army

November 18th, 2015|Comments Off on I hear an Army

This is a stupendous song from 20th century composer Samuel Barber - and this performance of it comes from my graduate voice recital in the spring of 1984.   I sang three Barber settings of

“You are Love” – A.H.S. Showboat

November 18th, 2015|Comments Off on “You are Love” – A.H.S. Showboat

This is one of the most precious mementos I have - because it's one of my only singing samples dating all the way back to high school.   This is a snippet from Atlantic High

Why do I love you

November 18th, 2015|Comments Off on Why do I love you

Here's another encore from my Luther senior recital in 1981-  my friend Amy Nichols and I singing a duet from Jerome Kern's "Showboat,"  which we sang when we were classmates at Atlantic High School.  

Praise to the Lord- 75th CC Gala

November 16th, 2015|Comments Off on Praise to the Lord- 75th CC Gala

Not long ago, I came across the recording of the 75th anniversary gala concert of the Carthage College, from the spring of 2001.   We organized a weekend event in which alumni of the choir

Amy Nichols & Me: “So in Love”

November 15th, 2015|2 Comments

This is a real blast from the past for me-  it's the final encore of my senior voice recital at Luther College back in mid-November 1981.  (It doesn't seem possible that this was 34 years

Boatman Dance (Aaron Copland)

November 13th, 2015|2 Comments

Recently, I came across the recording of the joint faculty voice recital that I did with my colleague and friend Amy Haines.   The year was 2004.  She sang Ned Rorem (definitely doing the heavy

In Paradisum (Short Requiem)

November 12th, 2015|Comments Off on In Paradisum (Short Requiem)

Here is the final movement of my "Short Requiem." Almost the entire work is in the uncommon time signature of 5/4.  I did that because the work was composed tin memory of someone who had

Short Requiem- “Kyrie”

November 12th, 2015|Comments Off on Short Requiem- “Kyrie”

Here's another movement from my Short Requiem, commissioned several years ago by the Waterford High School Choirs and their director,  Derek Machan.   To set this text,  I envisioned the liturgical chants-  one might almost

When the Boys Come Home

November 11th, 2015|Comments Off on When the Boys Come Home

On this Veterans Day,  I wanted to post this recording of me singing an amazing song titled "When the Boys Come Home."  I included this on my 2014 faculty voice recital,  which commemorated the 200th

Short Requiem: Requiem Aeternam

November 5th, 2015|Comments Off on Short Requiem: Requiem Aeternam

Here is the opening movement of my Short Requiem, as performed at my 25th anniversary concert "Streams of Mercy Never Ceasing" at Holy Communion Lutheran Church.    This piece was sung by the combined forces

MS- Searching for Mary Poppins

November 4th, 2015|Comments Off on MS- Searching for Mary Poppins

I am in the midst of rehearsals for the Racine Theater Guild's production of "Mary Poppins," which is why this Morning Show interview from a few years back came to mind.  Nancy Davis's fascinating book

Pie Jesu (from my Short Requiem)

November 3rd, 2015|Comments Off on Pie Jesu (from my Short Requiem)

Several years ago, Derek Machan, the choral director at Waterford High School,  commissioned me to compose a new requiem in memory of his good friend Kris Noveaus, the choir director at Union Grove High School,

Morning Show- Alan Alda

October 27th, 2015|Comments Off on Morning Show- Alan Alda

It was an incredible thrill for me to speak with actor Alan Alda, even though I was never an especially rabid fan of the television series M*A*S*H*.  Despite my mixed feelings about the show,  I

MS- The granddaughter of Gandhi

October 23rd, 2015|Comments Off on MS- The granddaughter of Gandhi

This is an excerpt from the interview I was able to record with Usha Gandhi during her visit to southeastern Wisconsin several years ago for a Bridges of Peace event.  It was an extraordinary honor

MS- Bob Newhart

October 21st, 2015|Comments Off on MS- Bob Newhart

Here is a fun one from the Morning Show archives:  my conversation with comedian Bob Newhart.  I would have loved to have talked with him all day long,  but even a few minutes with such

MS- Roy Thomas (Marvel Comics)

October 19th, 2015|Comments Off on MS- Roy Thomas (Marvel Comics)

It's not been often that I've been able to do Morning Show interviews about comic books-  but this is one of those occasions.   Roy Thomas was one of the right-hand men for the legendary

Morning Show- Steve Wozniak

October 17th, 2015|Comments Off on Morning Show- Steve Wozniak

It's an inescapable reality that when it comes to booking radio guests,  there is typically an inverse relationship between the fame of the guest and the amount of time they will yield for an interview.

Bill Hayes Excerpt

October 6th, 2015|Comments Off on Bill Hayes Excerpt

Here is an excerpt from a lengthy interview which I conducted recently with Bill Hayes, a fine singer whose resume included a starry role in the original Broadway cast of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Me and Juliet"

Morning Show- Henrietta Welch

October 1st, 2015|Comments Off on Morning Show- Henrietta Welch

This is a portion of the interview I recorded with a legend in music education here in Southeastern Wisconsin-  Henrietta Welch, who was 100 years old at the time of this conversation.  (This coming Christmas

Morning Show- Jimmy Carter

October 1st, 2015|Comments Off on Morning Show- Jimmy Carter

I've had some thrilling experiences in my 20-some years of doing the Morning Show,  but if I had to single out one thrill above all the others,  it was when I had the privilege of

Nic Sluss-Rodionov sings Verdi

October 1st, 2015|Comments Off on Nic Sluss-Rodionov sings Verdi

This aria is "Il lacerato spirito" and it comes from the prologue to Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Simon Boccanegra."   The character of Jacopo Fiesco has just discovered that his beloved daughter has died - and

Nic Sluss Rodionov sings Ravel

September 30th, 2015|Comments Off on Nic Sluss Rodionov sings Ravel

Nic Sluss-Rodionov lived for a time in France and spoke French beautifully, so it's no surprise that he sings two of the Don Quichotte Songs of Maurice Ravel will exceptional grace and skill.

Nic Sluss-Rodionov sings Schubert II

September 30th, 2015|Comments Off on Nic Sluss-Rodionov sings Schubert II

It's hard not to feel a special chill when listening to my former student Nic Sluss-Rodionov sing Schubert's "Death and the Maiden."  This song is very seldom sung by male singers,  but I love how

Nic Sluss-Rodionov sings Schubert

September 30th, 2015|Comments Off on Nic Sluss-Rodionov sings Schubert

Here is another excerpt from the senior recital of bass-baritone Nic Sluss-Rodionov.   He had a deep and rich affinity with the Lieder of Franz Schubert and I especially love the way he sang "Der

Nic Sluss-Rodionov sings Leporello

September 30th, 2015|Comments Off on Nic Sluss-Rodionov sings Leporello

I regret that my former student Nic Sluss-Rodionov never had the chance to perform the role of Leporello in a full performance of Mozart's Don Giovanni.  He would have been absolutely perfect in the part.

Nic Sluss-Rodionov sings “Messiah”

September 30th, 2015|Comments Off on Nic Sluss-Rodionov sings “Messiah”

This is from the senior voice recital of Nicholas Sluss-Rodionov,  a former voice student of mine who was killed in a car accident earlier this year;  He was 33 years old. His recital was chock

The Suicide Index- Morning Show

September 30th, 2015|Comments Off on The Suicide Index- Morning Show

I am posting this on the last day of September because this month has been Suicide Awareness Month.  Over the last twenty-plus years I have done a number of Morning Show interviews on the topic

Peter Gelb from the Met

September 29th, 2015|Comments Off on Peter Gelb from the Met

Here is a Morning Show interview from the archives that preserves one of the most exciting experiences I've ever had with the show.  Ten years ago,  the Metropolitan Opera undertook a project that helped to

Where is Love – 2015 Voice Recital

September 26th, 2015|Comments Off on Where is Love – 2015 Voice Recital

Here is a beautiful song from Lionel Bart's "Oliver" and a performance of it by Caritas-  Kate Potter Barrow,  Kathy (my wife)  and me.  I suspect that it had been at least five years since

So in Love- 2015 Voice Recital

September 26th, 2015|Comments Off on So in Love- 2015 Voice Recital

This is one of two love duets I sang with my wife, Kathy.  As I say in my spoken introduction,  she sang this at the end of every performance of the RTG's production of "Glorious"

Fear No More – Recital 2015

September 26th, 2015|Comments Off on Fear No More – Recital 2015

My 2015 voice recital was dedicated to 400 years worth of love songs.  The one moment when I stepped away from that theme was when I sang a song in memory of a former voice

“White Dresses” – Mary Pflum Peterson

September 23rd, 2015|Comments Off on “White Dresses” – Mary Pflum Peterson

Mary Pflum Peterson is a producer for ABC's Good Morning, America - and used to work for CNN.  Unbeknownst to anyone who knew her or worked with her,   Peterson grew up in a complicated

Buzz Bissinger – “Friday Night Lights”

September 23rd, 2015|Comments Off on Buzz Bissinger – “Friday Night Lights”

I've had the privilege of speaking with best-selling author Buzz Bissinger on two previous occasions,  but I was especially thrilled to be able to speak with him - at a great length - about his

“Dark Days” D. Randall Blythe

September 23rd, 2015|Comments Off on “Dark Days” D. Randall Blythe

Here is a portion of my conversation with heavy metal artist D. Randall Blythe, lead singer for the band 'lamb of god.'  This is one of those cases in which I was decidedly out of

Ich liebe dich – 2015 Recital

September 19th, 2015|Comments Off on Ich liebe dich – 2015 Recital

When it came time to introduce Beethoven's "Ich liebe dich" ("I love you") I decided to preface the performance by saying something about how a figure as stormy as Beethoven surely would have something very

“I have Dreamed”- 2015 Recital

September 19th, 2015|Comments Off on “I have Dreamed”- 2015 Recital

I'm not sure there's a more wonderful musical than Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The King and I" - and I wanted to include two of my favorite songs from that show on this program to highlight

Widmung – 2015 Recital

September 19th, 2015|Comments Off on Widmung – 2015 Recital

Robert Schumann's "Widmung" has to be among the greatest love songs ever composed.  I like to refer to it as one of the Mona Lisa's of music- one of those masterpieces that everyone needs to

“Nothing like a Dame” – 2015 Recital

September 19th, 2015|Comments Off on “Nothing like a Dame” – 2015 Recital

Here is a fun moment from my most recent faculty recital - as my current Carthage voice students (the upperclassmen, that is)  joined me for "There is nothing like a dame" from Rodgers and Hammerstein's

Do you Love Me – Voice Recital 2015

September 16th, 2015|Comments Off on Do you Love Me – Voice Recital 2015

I certainly couldn't sing a recital of love songs without involving my wife Kathy one way or another.   She and I sang two duets,  the first of which was "Do you love me" from

“In Liebeslust” – 2015 Voice Recital

September 16th, 2015|Comments Off on “In Liebeslust” – 2015 Voice Recital

This is a stunning song by the great Hungarian composer Franz Liszt (1811-1886.)  I vividly remember being introduced to this song back when I was in high school (37 years ago or so.)  My first

“Fair House of Joy” – 2015 Recital

September 15th, 2015|Comments Off on “Fair House of Joy” – 2015 Recital

Here is an excerpt from my September 13, 2015 faculty recital.  This is the song with which I ended the first half:  Roger Quilter's "Fair House of Joy," which is one of his Seven Elizabethan

“Pace” (Peace)

September 8th, 2015|6 Comments

My song "Pace" (which is Italian for "peace")  tries to describe the Perfect Peace that was part of the first Christmas night.  This particular recording is of the Lincoln Chamber Singers,  and I appreciate how

Songs by Edvard Grieg

August 28th, 2015|Comments Off on Songs by Edvard Grieg

Here are some excerpts from a special faculty recital - "A Glimpse of Grieg" - which I sang with my colleague Amy Haines back in the spring of 2007.    It was Amy's idea to

Interview: “Disaster” (FEMA & Katrina)

August 28th, 2015|Comments Off on Interview: “Disaster” (FEMA & Katrina)

For the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina,  I'm posting my interview with Christopher Cooper, author of "Disaster: Hurricane Katrina and the Failure of Homeland Security."   Of everything written about Katrina and the federal government's

The Pearl Fishers Duet

August 27th, 2015|Comments Off on The Pearl Fishers Duet

"Au fond du temple saint" is almost certainly the most beloved of all tenor/baritone opera duets.  It comes from The Pearl Fishers by Georges Bizet,  who best known for his masterpiece Carmen.  This earlier opera

Those Old Sweet Songs

August 21st, 2015|Comments Off on Those Old Sweet Songs

This is a song that I have only performed once in my entire life,  because it was written for a very specific occasion - for a very special group of guys.  The occasion was the

The Very Best Kind of Beautiful

August 21st, 2015|Comments Off on The Very Best Kind of Beautiful

This is a song I composed in honor of a Carthage graduate named Laura Kaeppler- who also happens to be a former Miss America!   Towards the end of her time as Miss America,  she

“Caleb’s Song”

August 18th, 2015|Comments Off on “Caleb’s Song”

I composed this song as a graduation present (in 2002)  for a voice student of mine named Caleb Sjogren, an outstanding young man who I admired not only for his considerable talents but also for

“The Kerry Dance” (Mike & Nick)

August 18th, 2015|Comments Off on “The Kerry Dance” (Mike & Nick)

Here is a moment from "Moving On:  A Farewell Recital by Nick Huff and Mike Anderle."  I taught Mike and Nick voice lessons not only for four years at Carthage but back in their high

“Shepherd’s Gloria”

August 18th, 2015|Comments Off on “Shepherd’s Gloria”

I composed this anthem for the Choral Arts Society of Southeastern Wisconsin (conducted by James Schatzman)  for a concert consisting of various settings of the 'Gloria.'  Not long before the commission, I had the pleasure

“Thank you for this Baby”

August 8th, 2015|Comments Off on “Thank you for this Baby”

This song of mine that has only been sung once - and I'm not sure it will ever be sung again because it was crafted for a very special occasion as a gigantic surprise for

“Great and Glorious Light” (Tremper)

August 6th, 2015|1 Comment

I composed "Great and Glorious Light" on Thanksgiving Day 1998 when my wife asked me to please not be underfoot while she finished preparing the evening's big meal.  I ended up walking over to our

“Strength” – arr. for TTBB

August 6th, 2015|Comments Off on “Strength” – arr. for TTBB

My song "Strength" was originally composed for SATB - but for my faculty recital in the fall of 2014,  I decided to re-arrange it for men's voices so the guys in my voice student could

Amazing Grace

August 6th, 2015|Comments Off on Amazing Grace

Here is my arrangement of John Newton's great hymn- an arrangement which I initially did for th Chamber Singers back in the late 1990's. It was inspired in part by a beautiful picture book which

“Pace” (Peace)

August 4th, 2015|2 Comments

"Pace" is Italian for "peace."  I composed this piece during the summer of 2001, and both my Chamber Singers at Carthage at my Senior Choir at Holy Communion sang it for that Christmas season, which

“Strength”

August 4th, 2015|Comments Off on “Strength”

I wrote my song "Strength" in the fall of 2000, while I was serving as interim conductor of the Carthage Choir.  The Carthage school year begins with a special New Student Convocation, and that particular