Author Archives: Michael

Great Moments in Sight Reading, Part 1

Today was the first chorus rehearsal for West Bay Opera’s production of Aida. We were sight reading through all the choral portions in the opera, and naturally we spent a lot of time in Act II. Turn to page 157 and all heck breaks loose. Continue reading

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Coming Up: Mason Bates’ Mass Transmission

Before we launch Mass Transmission into the world tomorrow evening, I’d like to reflect on some of the musical aspects that I love about both this piece and other works by Mason Bates. Continue reading

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MusicXML Presentations at NAMM 2012

The annual NAMM show is set to begin in Anaheim, California on Thursday. Each day I’ll be giving a MusicXML presentation and demonstration, together with Finale product manager Justin Phillips. Continue reading

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Debussy Reviews; On to Bates

The reviews for the San Francisco Symphony production of Le martyre de Saint Sébastien are in. The Chorus finally gets to take a 6-week breather, and then we start rehearsals for the premiere of Mason Bates’ Mass Transmission. Continue reading

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Coming Up: Debussy

If you’re in San Francisco this weekend and love Debussy, you really should try to get to see and hear our production of Le martyre de Saint Sébastien at the San Francisco Symphony. We’re doing the full incidental music in a semi-staged production. Continue reading

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First Day at MakeMusic

Today was closing day for MakeMusic’s acquisition of selected Recordare assets, including the MusicXML format and Dolet plug-ins. This was also my first day in my new role of Director of Digital Sheet Music at MakeMusic. Continue reading

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Coming Up: Brahms and Schütz

Tonight begins our four-concert run of Brahms’ A German Requiem with the San Francisco Symphony, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas. The program opens with the Chorus singing one of Heinrich Schütz’s a cappella six-part motets, Ich bin ein rechter Weinstock, conducted by Ragnar Bohlin. Continue reading

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Moving to MakeMusic

Yesterday was a big day for me. MakeMusic and Recordare announced that MakeMusic will be purchasing selected assets from Recordare LLC, including the MusicXML format and Dolet plug-ins for Finale and Sibelius. I will be joining MakeMusic as Director of Digital Sheet Music. Continue reading

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