On the Air This Week

Highlights from Nov. 5 to 12

Tuesday, 7:15 am: Teacher Spotlight: Tim Buzza of Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis.

Tuesday, 5:30 pm: Music with Minnesotans: IT expert Frank Tenczar.

Tuesday, 7:15 pm: Teacher Spotlight: Tim Buzza of Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis.

Wednesday, 8 pm: Minnesota Opera production of Thomas’s Hamlet.

Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: Imogen Cooper plays Chopin, at a Schubert Club recital.

Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: Kney Sayers.

Sunday, noon: From the Top.

Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s program includes tributes to Couperin by Ravel and Thomas Adès.

Monday, noon: Learning to Listen: Sonata form.

Monday, 8 pm: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra: Matthias Pintscher conducts his own music, and works by Mendelssohn, Fauré, and Ravel.

Tuesday, 7:15 am: School Spotlight: Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony.

Tuesday, 5:30 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Teacher and land steward Luther Gerlach.

Tuesday, 7:15 pm: School Spotlight: Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony.


I like tattoos. I’ve always liked tattoos.*

I’m picky about them, though, with regards to where I’m willing to ink my own body for eternity. Also, no colors. But that’s just me. If you want colors in your tattoo, knock yourself out.

I’ve immortalized a favorite game and two favorite friends (one feline, one human). I have some silly tattoos I got when I was too young to know what to get (but most eyes will never see those).

For the last year, I’ve known I wanted another. I was convinced it would pay homage to another game. I figured I’d get a Mass Effect tattoo. But nothing grabbed me. Nothing hit me like a bolt of obvious lightning.

Until last week. I was flipping through the pages of John Eliot Gardiner’s new book on Johann Sebastian Bach. I don’t claim to have a “special relationship” with Bach – no more or less than most can claim.

But I do claim that no composer means more to me. Not Beethoven, not Rameau, not Stravinsky. Not Brahms, and not Mozart.

Bach. So I got his signature. At least, I really hope it’s his signature, and not, like, Mendelssohn, signing Bach’s name.

So JSB got some real estate on my arm last night, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Special thanks to the crew at Leviticus Tattoo on Lake Street for their work.

Also, I beg you, don’t tell my mother.

*Sorry, Mom.


Just 6 months ago I was dropping 60-hour workweeks like they were hot; working as a high school chorus teacher in Florida. Now I am the assistant artistic director of VocalEssence and the producer of American Public Media’s 24/7 choral stream & blog. Wait, what in the hell happened? Are you crazy….you’re seriously giving me a blog?

I’ve always been a choral nerd, but to be producing and blogging for one of the few 24/7 choral streams in the country definitely wasn’t on my radar. Can somebody wake me up from this dream? (No, please don’t!) Some may think that I’m crazy for moving to the North Country (probably a solid assessment), but when it comes to choral music, this place is the land of Milk & Honey.


Moses (F. Melius Christiansen) led the singers out of the wilderness and some of Minnesota’s the region’s Joshuas (Westin Noble, Philip Brunelle & Dale Warland) have kept on fightin’ the battle.


This is such a grand opportunity to share my love for choral music with thousands of people from this culturally rich state and region. I am hoping that we develop a strong bond and that you become avid listeners of our 24/7 choral stream. So….I guess it’s time for that awkward moment during the first date, when we attempt to get to know one another.


Well, who am I?

I am THAT guy. People that know me, realize that I am THAT guy who always looks to push it a step further.

What does that mean for this choral stream and blog?

I recommend that you fasten your safety belts and prepare for one hell of a ride; North Country just got a new injection of Southern swagger.