Sonifly.com – 5 Reasons to Visit

| June 7, 2013

UPDATE: Sonifly has recently changed its focus to an all apparel site.  Come visit us!

J.W. Pepper has a long-standing tradition of serving the needs of professional musicians, directors, teachers and students – 137 years, in fact.  We’re quite proud …

My Score: Take Your Music Further

| September 14, 2012

We’re happy to announce My Score, an exciting new service that helps composers make their music available for sale through the Pepper network!

My Score leverages the strengths of J.W. Pepper and makes it available to composers who want to have …

Marching Music — A Special Art Form

| August 23, 2012

Drum Corps International, the premiere marching music entity, recently held their world championships at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.  I had the pleasure of being in attendance for the week’s activities.  During this time, thousands of young musicians and performers …

Virtual Choir 3: Eric Whitacre’s Water Night

| April 3, 2012

Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir 3 has proven yet again choral singing’s unique ability to form a bond between people the world over.  Singers from 72 countries joined the online choir in this latest marriage of music and technology.  The unveiling of the video at Lincoln Center …

Key People: Interview with Wynn-Anne Rossi

| August 30, 2011

Wynn-Ann Rossi

Wynn-Ann Rossi

Crystal Desch and I had the honor of interviewing Wynn-Anne Rossi, and we think you’ll find her as we did, an inspirational composer, pianist and teacher.  Among her many musical roles, Wynn-Anne is a highly creative composer of student-level …

Porgy and Bess Turn 75!

| May 10, 2011

Porgy and Bess

Gershwin's Porgy and Bess

It seems like there are a few opera productions such as Bizet’s Carmen, Delibes’ Lakme, Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte, and Verdi’s La Traviata that have stood the test of time.  George Gershwin’s classic …

Band Composer Series: Michael Sweeney

| April 26, 2011

Mike Sweeney, Hal Leonard

A graduate of Indiana University (Bloomington), and Director of Band Publications for Hal Leonard Corporation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin Michael Sweeney has over 500 publications to his credit. As a winner of numerous awards from ASCAP, his Imperium (1992) and Ancient

Band Composer Series: Robert Sheldon

| March 31, 2011

Robert Sheldon

Robert Sheldon

Recently, I had the privilege of interviewing Robert Sheldon, Concert Band Editor for Alfred Music Publishing, and was able to gain some insight into the types of things that inspire his writing style.

An internationally recognized clinician, Sheldon has conducted …

“For His Contribution to Music”: Sir George Shearing, 1919-2011

| February 16, 2011

George Shearing

Sir George Shearing

The 2011 Grammy Awards have scarcely ended and the music world mourns the loss of jazz pianist and legend, George Shearing.  Recognized for orchestrated and inventive jazz, he created 300 compositions, but is most well-known for Lullaby

Choral Conversations: Mary McDonald

| January 12, 2011

Today I had the pleasure of speaking with Mary McDonald, a multi-talented musician from Knoxville, Tennessee.  In addition to her work as a composer, arranger, producer, pianist, and organist, she was a sacred choral editor for The Lorenz Corporation for nearly …