Ep 81-Matthew Welch on Solving Problems

Matthew Welch is a composer of innovative opera and genre-resisting concert music. Mixing his backgrounds in bagpipes, gamelan, experimental, classical, rock and improvised music, Welch’s compositional sound is worldly and eclectic in material, yet personal and seamless in style. Boasted by the New York Times as “border-busting; catchy,” Welch’s music has been performed in the [...]

Ep 80-Jeffrey Biegel On Why Commissions Are About Everyone

On February 22, 2015, Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA, conferred the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters upon Mr. Biegel, for his achievements as a world-renowned pianist, recording artist, chamber music collaborator, champion of new piano music, composer, arranger and educator. With a list of recordings and collaborations that is extensive (and impressive) he [...]

Ep 79-Alexandra Gardner and The Art of Reaching Out

Composer Alexandra Gardner creates music for varied instrumentations, often mixing acoustic instruments with electronics. Praised as “highly lyrical and provocative of thought” (San Francisco Classical Voice), and “mesmerizing” (The New York Times), her music has been featured at festivals and venues worldwide, and it has been commissioned by acclaimed ensembles and musicians such as Percussions [...]

Ep 78-Garrett Hope on The Reason for the Podcast

This is a special episode where the script has been flipped and I am put on the hot seat. This episode is a re-broadcast of Ep 10 of the Clarineat Podcast hosted by Sean Perrin. Sean Perrin was featured in Ep 70 of this podcast. Give the Composer on Fire podcast a Rating and Review! [...]

Ep 77-Daniel Spreadbury on Dorico & The Future of Notation Software

Daniel Spreadbury is the Product Marketing Manager for Steinberg's in-developing professional scoring application, Dorico. Before joining Steinberg, Daniel and many members of the Dorico team worked for many years on the Sibelius music notation software. Prior to that, Daniel studied music at Oxford University, and, outside of his work on Dorico, keeps his musical hand [...]

Getting Started Blogging: Breaking the Blogging Barrier

A guest blog post by Arthur Breur. Arthur was featured in Ep 72 of the Composer on Fire podcast. This is part two of a three part series. You can read part one here. Getting Started: Breaking the Blogging Barrier Many people feel intimidated by the idea of writing a single blog post, much less [...]

Ep 76-Marie Incontrera on Anything is Possible

Marie Incontrera is a composer, conductor, pianist, and bandleader whose multi-genre work spans opera, big band, heavy metal, post-modern orchestra, and chamber music. As a composer, Marie's work has been hailed as "deftly woven jazz and gospel elements" and "beguiling" (NY Times). Marie is the bandleader of the Eco-Music Big Band, a multigenerational and unique big band [...]

Professional Benefits of Blogging

A guest blog post by Arthur Breur. Arthur was featured in Ep 72 of the Composer on Fire podcast. This is part one of a three part series. You can read part two here. The Professional Benefits of Blogging I recently was interviewed by Garrett Hope on the Composer on Fire Podcast about what is important [...]

Ep 75-Jonathan Sheffer on Providing Meaningful Experiences

Composer/conductor Jonathan Sheffer's career covers classical, opera, dance, and film and television. His compositions includes works for orchestra, solo piano, concertos, two musicals, the opera, Blood On The Dining Room Floor, and scores for television, Hollywood, indie and documentary films. He founded the Eos Orchestra in New York, Red {an orchestra} in Cleveland, and conducted [...]

Ep 74-Julia Torgovitskaya & Jennifer Rosenfeld on Awakening Your Business Brain

Julia Torgovitskaya, President of iCadenza & CEO of Cadenza Artists Management, is a trained opera singer who relates first-hand to the ever-changing challenges facing performing artists. She has extensive consulting experience, and her writings have been published in international publications. Having earned a Master of Science in Executive Leadership from the University of San Diego, [...]