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Pause and Listen explores the spectrum of new classical music through the lens of musicians, composers, and art appreciators. Each episode, three panelists join in conversation with John T.K. Scherch, bringing in three pieces of new notated music available on the internet that they feel others should hear. Listeners are encouraged to engage with the music as they see fit, be it listening to the pieces uninterrupted before playing the episode or pausing and listening to the pieces on streaming platforms along with the panelists.
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Discomfort

Discomfort

2020-11-1850:38

1. Mason Bates - The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs: Scene 7, That Can Also Be a Ticking Clockhttps://spoti.fi/3nEI1OG2. Pamela Z - Badagadahttps://youtu.be/9_d6UFZZ8ck?t=2433. Errollyn Wallen - Gun Gun Gunhttps://spoti.fi/3kHe4Mb4. Judah Adashi - Risehttps://youtu.be/s2NCPiX3A1MYou can listen to these before or after the episode, or you can pause our podcast and go listen to each piece as we introduce them. Panelists:Bass Robert Ellsworth Feng is acclaimed for having a “commanding darkness and thickness to his tone,” and is a born collaborator who performs with artists of all mediums. Robert is the recipient of the George Woodhead Prize in Voice and the Peabody Career Development Award and placed second in the NY Classical Music Society International Voice Competition. Performance highlights include Don Giovanni (Il Commendatore) with Kor Productions, The Mikado (Ko-Ko) with Hawaii Opera Theatre, Tobias Picker’s Emmeline (Pastor Avery) with Manhattan School of Music, and more. Robert has premiered new works including Tony Small’s Qadar and Nick Peros’ Lamentation of Ruin. During quarantine, Robert performed in Social Distance Opera's production of Street Scene as Henry Davis, with Seagle Music Colony, and was a featured artist for Tony Small's Virtual Masterclass series for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington. Robert received his Bachelors at Peabody, his Masters at Manhattan School of Music, and is an alumni of Seagle Music Colony. Robert is also a proud member of the Hawaii Opera Theatre Mae Z. Orvis Opera Studio.Taylor-Alexis DuPont is a young and engaging Mezzo-Soprano from Orlando, Florida. Since graduating with her Masters in Voice from the Peabody Conservatory while studying with Denyce Graves, Taylor-Alexis has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, the Ising International Young Artist Festival in Beijing and Suzhou, China, the Glimmerglass Festival, Prototype Festival, Sarasota Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, Opera Orlando, First Coast Opera, Christman Opera and City Lyric Opera. Performance highlights include Cendrillion (Prince Charmant), Così fan tutte (Dorabella), Ruslan and Ludmilla (Prince Ratmir), The Snow Maiden (Lel) and Pinocchio (Pinocchio). Earlier this year Taylor-Alexis performed as an ensemble member and soloist cover in the Metropolitan Opera’s wildly successful production of Porgy and Bess and made her debut with Heartbeat Opera in a new work titled Lady M. Taylor-Alexis is currently working with the Florentine Opera as a Baumgartner studio artist for the 2020-2021 season.Praised for her “vocal control and exquisite refinement,” soprano Teresa Ferrara is dedicated to music’s power to transcend social divides and inspire people of all ages and backgrounds. She has performed as a solo vocalist at the Kennedy Center and her chorus work has allowed her to perform often with the National Symphony Orchestra. She has earned many awards for her singing, including the George Woodhead Prize in Voice from the Peabody Conservatory, the Award for Excellence in the Arts from the National Society of Arts and Letters, and The Washington Post Music and Dance Scholarship Award. Ms. Ferrara has performed repeatedly with Maryland Lyric Opera, Baltimore Musicales, and the IN Series. Notable opera credits include Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (Countess Almaviva) and Così fan tutte (Despina), as well as Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore (Giannetta), Massenet's Chérubin (L'Ensoleillad), and Viva V.E.R.D.I. - The Promised End, (Soprano). A graduate of the Master of Music program at Peabody, she plans to continue to pursue musical endeavors that stretch the norms of classical music and seek to educate and serve the community.
Home

Home

2020-10-1501:04:27

1. Jonathan Bailey Holland - Halcyon Sunhttps://open.spotify.com/track/0gNqRo5CX9g9lehiRN7HbX2. Julius Eastman - Prelude to The Holy Presence of Joan D’Archttps://youtu.be/uD2X0CwLxXI3. Jasmine Barnes - Sometimes I Cryhttps://www.jasminebarnescomposer.com/recordingsYou can listen to these before or after the episode, or you can pause our podcast and go listen to each piece as we introduce them. Panelists:A native of Columbus, OH, Tirzah Washington started singing at a very early age. Tirzah received her Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Oakwood University in 2014. While in college, she enjoyed singing with the Aeolians, the premier traveling choir of Oakwood University. Tirzah was able to sing in many different countries with the choir including Wales, England, and Russia. Tirzah was able to continue training to be an opera singer and voice teacher at Peabody Institute, the School of Music for Johns Hopkins University. Tirzah received her Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Peabody Institute in 2016. Tirzah loves to perform and has had the opportunity to sing on several stages in the Columbus area. One of her most recent achievements was receiving the Theatre Roundtable Award for Excellence in a Lead Role in a Musical for her performance as Celie in The Color Purple. She has been able to perform in many musicals including The Color Purple (Celie), Dreamgirls (Effie Understudy), Hair (Dionne), The Rocky Horror Show (Magenta), and Saturday Night Fever (Candy). Tirzah believes that music in any form has the power to change the world. She is excited to share her talents in any setting.Baritone Rahzé Cheatham is a performer with a strong foundation in music, theatre art, and dance applications. This 2020-21 season, they appeared on the digital stage in the world premiere of Mallory, a chamber opera by Baltimore-based composer Nathaniel Wolfgang Parks, adapted for the brand new PoCo Podcast of the Podcast Opera Company. Later, Rahzé returns in the premiere another chamber opera, Our Final Thoughts on Arthur S. Hellerman, by James Warner Duquette. Previously, Rahzé joined Marin Alsop’s production of Leonard Bernstein’s ​MASS​ as a blues soloist and a member of the Street Singer ensemble. Further, they were featured as Hannah before in Laura Kaminsky’s chamber opera, ​As One​, opening at the newly redesigned Motorhouse in Baltimore, MD and closing on the John F. Kennedy Center Millennium Stage in Washington, DC. Rahzé currently holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a Music Theory from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University.Soprano, Carly M. Henderson holds a Bachelors of Music from Peabody Conservatory, under the direction of William Sharp. At Peabody, Carly premiered the role of Louisa in Now We Are Met by Andrew Posner; covered the role of Rose Maurrant in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene; performed as a Sprite in Massenet’s Cendrillion; in the chorus of Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail; and in the chorus of Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites. In the 2017-2018 season, she performed as Actor 2/Girl 3 in Courtney Kalbacker’s production of Errollyn Wallen’s Anon, including on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center.More information at pauseandlisten.com. Pause and Listen was created by host John T.K. Scherch and co-creator/marketing manager Michele Mengel Scherch.
Difficulty

Difficulty

2020-09-2254:26

1. Stephen Scott - Vikings Of The Sunrise: Fantasy On The Polynesian Star Navigators (Start with “Ocean Drum”)https://open.spotify.com/album/1HRPSkZaRp1uaoOoRI2NEB2. Sarah Kirkland Snider - Penelope (Start with “Circe and the Hanged Man”)https://open.spotify.com/album/49xHTKjIfDahbCEPNVBZ3M3. Laura Kaminsky - As One (Start with “To Know” and “Out of Nowhere”)https://open.spotify.com/album/5h6QCRWqjzpFWrTlcAoEVGPanelists:El Schoepf, M.S. (they/she) is a social science researcher who studies and teaches about power, privilege, and oppression in the performing arts. After burning out of a performing career, El sought to improve mental health services in the performing arts sector by becoming a therapist. Their research about stratified economies’ effect on human behavior and experience served as inspiration for an experiential simulation game they developed called “Star Ensemble: Exploring Power and Privilege in Classical Music.” El holds degrees in counseling psychology and music and is currently a trainee at the Gestalt Therapy Institute of Philadelphia.Robin (Rob) McGinness is an active operatic baritone, inactive composer, and instructor helping students build the necessary skills needed for diverse careers in the arts. Often featured on stage portraying opera’s “bad boy,” Rob’s operatic credits include the title roles in Eugene Onegin and Don Giovanni, as well as Marcello in La Bohème. Committed to promoting and performing new works, Rob regularly premieres new roles, including Ed Wall in Frances Pollock’s award-winning opera Stinney, and Saul Hodkin/Price in The Ghost Train by Paul Crabtree. Rob’s compositions include vocal, theatrical, and orchestral pieces premiered at IngenuityFest, Andy’s Summer Playhouse, and by the Windham Orchestra of Vermont. Rob holds degrees from the Peabody Institute and Oberlin Conservatory and is a returning Marion Roose Pullin Studio Artist at Arizona Opera.British-American soprano Claire Galloway’s theatricality covers the gamut of “palpable pain” and “splendid, funny moments” (B.I.T.R.). This summer and next, Claire is a Fellow with the Ravinia Steans Music Institute. She recently sang Sam in Stephen Crino and Joshua Scheid’s Friends House for the new Podcast Opera Company. In 2019-2020 she performed Vitella (Clemenza) and Blanche (Dialogues of the Carmelites), was a semifinalist in the James Toland Vocal Arts Competition, and performed with Opera Lafayette’s 1806 revival of Beethoven’s Léonore. An avid recitalist, she recently presented a recital based on the life of Rosa Ponselle and concerts showcasing Scandinavian and contemporary American compositions. Ms. Galloway’s innovative recital programing has resulted in the best-attended concert event at the Baltimore War Memorial Arts Initiative in past seasons.  Through her teaching studio, she is currently offering a 6-month training program called Core Singer Essentials, starting in October, as well as a free 2-day preview called “Singers Take The Wheel Career Roadmap” on September 25th and 26th. Details at www.clairegalloway.com.More information at pauseandlisten.com. Pause and Listen was created by host John T.K. Scherch and co-creator/marketing manager Michele Mengel Scherch. 
Afro House

Afro House

2020-09-0933:16

1. Allison Loggins-Hull - Hammershttps://youtu.be/ANZrjcAiqPU2. Valerie Coleman - Shotgun Houseshttps://open.spotify.com/playlist/2ThyYRZwAsJrYeqtEan5eXTomeka Reid - Present Awareness, Mvt. III. Radical Hopehttps://youtu.be/4b4CkxraLXkPanelists:Alisha Patterson is the co-founder and Managing Director of Afro House. Since the organization’s founding in 2011, Patterson has been at the forefront of producing live experiences that are in alignment with its ambitious mission. They include, Cloud Nebula, an Afrofuturistic sci-fi opera-ballet, the Afro House Concert Series, which celebrates Baltimore’s extraordinary maker scene, and the 100 Year Symposium, a conversation about what a community might be like in 100 years.As one of Afro House’s chief architects, Alisha has successfully secured funding from foundations such as the T. Rowe Price and Robert W. Deutsch Foundations. In addition, she has played an instrumental role in the commissions Afro House has received from both local and regional theaters and the highly acclaimed choreographer Camille A. Brown. She also worked closely with Afro House’s Artistic Director on creating his award-winning Baker Artist Portfolio.In 2016 Alisha was tapped by Kaisha Johnson, the Founding Director of Women of Color in the Arts to manage the organization’s flagship program. Under Alisha’s stewardship, the Leadership Through Mentorship program has become a highly sought-after career and community building opportunity for entry level, mid-career and seasoned arts administrators of color. Kibibi Ajanku, the GBCA's Equity and Inclusion Director, appointed Alisha to the Urban Arts Leadership Council in 2019. Alisha has an MA in Organizational Management from The George Washington University, a BA in English Literature and Certificate of Concentration in Women’s Studies from the University of Cincinnati.Scott Patterson is a pianist, composer and librettist of incomparable talent, whose work has been described by the Pittsburgh Review-Tribune as “a masterly blend of virtuosity, singing style and beautiful voicing.” His blend of classical, soul and rock music is futuristic, emotive and luxuriant. Since 2012 Patterson has toured with Camille A. Brown & Dancers. He is contributing composer of the Bessie Award winning Mr. TOL E. RAncE and Brown’s critically acclaimed work, BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play and ink. His compositions for these have been performed for audiences at venues such as Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Belfast Festival at Queen’s, White Bird, and more.Patterson is co-founder and Artistic Director of Afro House, a Baltimore-based art house committed to creating disruptive, music culture. Through Afro House, Patterson leads the Astronaut Symphony, a contemporary ensemble that creates symphonic performance art pieces. His compositions for the ensemble include the Afrofuturistic opera-ballet, Cloud Nebula and the sci-fi tone poem Ebon Kojo: The Last Tribe. He also serves as Music Director and Composer for the Afro House Concert Series. Patterson is a 2020 Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund Fellow and a recipient of the 2020 Regional Independent Artist Award for Performing Arts from the Maryland State Arts Council. He is a 2019 Baker Artist Award, Mary Sawyers Imboden Awardee, and is a recipient of a Creative Baltimore Fund Grant and Artist/District Grant. He studied under Richard Fields at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music and Phillip Kawin at the Manhattan School of Music.
I Care if You Listen

I Care if You Listen

2020-08-2139:02

1. Icli Zitella - Zona, for violin soloist and 10 string instrumentshttps://soundcloud.com/iclizitella/zona-for-violin-soloist-and-10-string-instruments2. Michael Abels - "Anthem," from the score to Jordan Peele's Ushttps://open.spotify.com/album/1gkLMuAnI8U5z2yhyhhRQk?si=4gDbAGb3Q2-m2eFUjGmcIw3.Nathalie Joachim - Suite pou Dantanhttps://open.spotify.com/playlist/1UfE5N84rXZzd8mWWqSwhG?si=VBC5-qKrQha3CJa2htJEigPanelists:Venezuelan violinist Natalie Calma, currently based in Boston, is an enthusiast of new music and improvisation. She is dedicated to promoting living, contemporary music in all of its forms. Natalie is a co-creator of Box Not Found, a violin and clarinet duo that seeks to build and cultivate the foundations for alternative streams of new music while also generating a positive impact on both the local and global communities. Natalie holds degrees from the Interlochen Arts Academy, The Boston Conservatory (BM), where she studied with Lynn Chang, and Boston University (MM), where she studied with Dana Mazurkevich. Natalie plays on a violin made by Venezuelan luthier Matias Herrera, and a bow made by Venezuelan luthier Eduardo “Guayo” Gonzales.Sugar Vendil is a composer, pianist, and interdisciplinary artist based in New York City. Her artistic practice is strongly rooted in rigorous discipline as a musician and gradually expanded into performance that integrates music, movement, and unconventional approaches to the piano.  She is a proud second generation Filipinx American. Vendil was recently awarded an ACF | Create commission to write a work for Boston-based duo Box Not Found (May 2020) and was awarded with 2020 Fellowships at the National Arts Club and Sokoloff Arts. She was a 2019 Artist in Residence at High Concept Labs in Chicago and was awarded a 2019 Chamber Music America commission to write a new work for her ensemble, The Nouveau Classical Project, which she founded in 2008. Vendil was a finalist in National Sawdust’s 2019 Hildegard Competition. ETHEL premiered her new string quartet in December 2019 as part of their Homebaked commissioning program. She was a 2019 resident artist at Mabou Mines and an artist in residence at Target Margin Theater. In 2016, she was a Fellow in the Target Margin Institute for Collaborative Theater Making, which encouraged her to further pursue composition and performance making.  She holds a Master of Music degree in piano performance.Amanda Cook is a Boston-based editor, writer, and arts administrator with a background in flute performance and higher education. She is the Editor-in-Chief of I CARE IF YOU LISTEN, an award-winning contemporary classical music magazine advocating for historically underrepresented artists and equitable programming. Her training as a performer coupled with her current work in music journalism and nonprofit administration provides a unique perspective from which to view the current state of classical music.More information at pauseandlisten.com. Pause and Listen was created by host John T.K. Scherch and co-creator/marketing manager Michele Mengel Scherch. 
The Informants

The Informants

2020-08-1235:12

1. Garth Baxter – From the Heart: Three American Womenhttps://open.spotify.com/playlist/7k9n3QWkHSYQ5e5TGProGb2. Jennifer Jolley – Prisoner of Consciencehttps://open.spotify.com/playlist/0kAYkFmqvLvBeFVeKL8Zx43. Gleb Kanasevich – your fortresshttps://youtu.be/V1l141q9_VAPanelists:Soprano Katie Procell has been praised throughout the Baltimore area for her “golden tone and arresting stage presence” (Peter Dayton). Her musical curiosity includes the avant-garde and she has performed Pierrot Lunaire, Ginastera’s third String Quartet, Messiaen’s Harawi, Berio Sequenza III, even Kurtàg’s Attila Fragments. Procell’s past opera credits include Giselle, Jenny, Mel 2, and various roles in the two-woman collection of short new operas called Elevator (ENA Ensemble); Lisa ( La Sonnambula; Opera Alchemy); Susanna ( Le nozze di Figaro; Peabody Conservatory); Giulietta ( I Capuleti e i Montecchi; Alchemy); Krysia (understudy, Out of Darkness; Peabody); Rosina ( Il barbiere di Siviglia; James Madison University); and more. She studies with Elizabeth Futral and has studied with Phyllis Bryn-Julson and Kevin McMillan. Procell has trained at Opera Roanoke (Apprentice Artist), Centre for Opera Studies in Italy, and SongFest. She works closely with composer Peter Dayton and has premiered several of his works and is collaborating with both Dayton and Baxter on upcoming recording projects.Award-winning conductor Jordan Randall Smith is the Music Director of Symphony Number One and Assistant Conductor of Hopkins Symphony Orchestra. Smith was recently named Visiting Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Orchestras at Susquehanna University. Smith was formerly Co-founder and Artistic Director of the Dallas Festival of Modern Music and Assistant Conductor of the Peabody Opera Theatre. Smith was lauded for being “an attentive partner” by the Baltimore Sun. His leadership of Mahler’s fourth symphony was praised by the Sun’s Tim Smith: “The third movement, in particular, was quite sensitively molded.” Conductor Alan Gilbert called Jordan’s conducting of Boulez’ Le Marteau sans Maître, “impressive.” An active supporter of new music, Jordan has a discography spanning four commercial releases and a history of commissions, leading over 50 world premieres. Jordan is also a Creative Director of the International Florence Price Festival. Smith was named to the Executive Council for the Institute for Composer Diversity at SUNY-Fredonia in January 2020.Ian Power is a composer, performer, and Director of Integrated Arts at the University of Baltimore. Ian’s music is inscrutable, warm, insistent, and performer-driven, and has been performed by ensembles and soloists in the US, UK, Germany, Denmark, and Israel. His writing on rhetoric in new music and reviews of CDs and performances are published in TEMPO, and he has lectured at the American Musicological Society, American Studies Association, and universities in the US, UK, and Turkey. Ian studied with Chaya Czernowin, Steven Takasugi, and John Luther Adams. Ian’s first CD, Diligence, featuring long solo pieces, is out on Edition Wandelweiser Records (Germany) in June 2020. His CD Maintenance Hums, featuring chamber works, is out on Carrier Records (New York) in September 2020. He is writing an orchestra piece for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, to be premiered at the TECTONICS festival in Glasgow in May 2022.More information at pauseandlisten.com. Pause and Listen was created by host John T.K. Scherch and co-creator/marketing manager Michele Mengel Scherch. 
What Music Can Be

What Music Can Be

2020-08-0440:04

1. Mark-Anthony Turnage's Blood On The Floorhttps://open.spotify.com/album/4xHOUUef30vZftklRI0JRO2. Nina C. Young's Rising Tidehttps://youtu.be/K42sIHsHW6o3. Karlheinz Stockhausen's Klang 13. Stunde: Cosmic Pulseshttps://youtu.be/8HaqC_DuLRIPanelists:Sonya Alexandra Knussen runs Go Compose! – North America, providing online workshops encouraging kids ages 11-18 to start or continue composing during the 2020 global pandemic. Additionally, she teaches in Maryland and on online platforms. As a singer, Sonya has been praised by The New York Times for her “gracefully shaped vocal lines” and The Washington Post for her “confident and penetrating account of line.” She has premiered many works at festivals in the U.S. and U.K and, as a featured soloist, she has worked with ensembles including the Washington Bach Consort, Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival, Tanglewood Festival Chorus and the Baltimore Symphony. She is a seasoned ensemble singer and founder of hexaCollective, an ad hoc vocal ensemble based in Maryland. Media experience includes blind direction of cameras throughout live performances at Elliott Carter’s Centenary Celebrations at Tanglewood, producer for recordings of Carter’s Boston and Cello Concertos, music assistant on recordings of works by August Read Thomas, Oliver Knussen and Hans Werner Henze, score-reader for LWT/Channel 4’s series on 20th-century orchestral music with Simon Rattle entitled Leaving Home and researcher for Sounds from the Big White House for BBC 4.Elizabeth Milligan is a musician and arts administrator in the Baltimore/D.C. metro area. A versatile flutist and piccolo player, they enjoy a wide variety of traditional and contemporary collaborations, from Stravinsky dance raves to J.S. Bach marathons. Their research has explored and documented the progression of flute techniques and performance standards from late 19th century to present day.  They currently serve as the Admissions and Recruitment Coordinator for the University of Maryland School of Music. A graduate of The Peabody Institute and UMBC, they have earned a Bachelor of Arts, a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Contemporary American Music, and a Master of Music. Their primary teachers have included Laurie Sokoloff, Lisa Cella, Lori Kesner, and Gina Eichman.Rudolf Kämper has performed as a trumpet player with symphonies in Mexico, Omaha, Baltimore, as well as in Germany. He studied trumpet with Jim Darling, Ed Hoffman, Mauro Maur, and Jack Sutte. As a composer, Kämper’s works have been performed both in the U.S. and in Germany. He studied composition with Loris Chobanian and attended workshops by Karlheinz Stockhausen, Lucas Foss, and John Corigliano. He has also been a director for complete performances of Stockhausen’s works, including Klang at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and in Montreal at the SAT. Kämper is the founding director of ANALOG arts ensemble, a musicians’ and artists’ collective dedicated to a fresh perspective of the arts. Dolf Kämper also runs North Coast Imports, Sternreiter, and Suburban Clock, a family of companies devoted to the design and restoration of complicated timepieces and mechanical musical curiosities.More information at pauseandlisten.com. Pause and Listen was created by host John T.K. Scherch and co-creator/marketing manager Michele Mengel Scherch. 
1. Terence Blanchard's "What Makes a Man a Man" from The Champion:https://www.facebook.com/SmithsonianNationalPostalMuseum/videos/10154947576381054/ (at 32:50)2. Julia Wolfe's Fire in my mouth: III. Protesthttps://open.spotify.com/album/6ko1tkGEWoWUx6xt3u9g9D3. Kirsten Childs' Big Booty Tupelo Gal from Bella: An American Tall Tale https://open.spotify.com/album/3kbplywvgcmfNJsYYYyKEg4. Laura Elise Schwendinger's The Artist's Musehttps://soundcloud.com/user527919643/01-schwendinger-the-artists-musePanelists:Jarrod Lee bass baritone, hails from Alabama and presently resides in Maryland. He has received rave reviews from Maryland Theatre, Opera News, and The Washington Post. Last season Jarrod made a Metropolitan Opera debut as one of the featured soloists in Porgy and Bess and a role debut as the Undertaker in the same opera with Atlanta Opera. Past roles include: Elviro in Tale of Serse with the In Series, Angelotti in Tosca with Annapolis Opera, and Le Bailli in Werther with Opera Delaware. Jarrod has performed in community outreach works commissioned by Washington National Opera called In the Smoke of the Sting and Just out the Window by Tom Minter. Jarrod has been a finalist in the Annapolis Opera, Harlem Opera Theater Vocal Competitions and a semifinalist in Austria’s Meistersinger. In new works, Jarrod premiered the roles Levi in Cloud Nebula by Scott Patterson with Afro House Baltimore, and Joe Louis in Shadowboxer by Frank Proto with the Maryland Opera Studio. As a librettist, Jarrod’s work aims to contribute in the canon of stories by Black Americans which are rarely seen on the operatic stage. JarrodLee.comFrances Pollock‘s music is inspired by a variety of artists including Missy Elliot, Dolly Parton, Whitney Houston, Joni Mitchell, Stephen Sondheim, Beyonce, Julia Wolfe, and Billy Joel. She has written operas for Washington National Opera, the PROTOTYPE Festival, Chicago Lyric, Seattle Opera and American Opera Projects. Her opera, Stinney (Co-librettist Tia Price), won the “Best of Baltimore” award in 2015 and was programmed at the 2019 PROTOTYPE Festival. Her opera “Earth to Kenzie” (librettist Jessica Murphy Moo) is currently touring with both Chicago Lyric and Seattle Opera in the 2019-2020 season. Frances is a founding member of the new music non-profit, Prima Volta. When she is not writing music, she is singing in choirs, cooking dinner for friends and family, exploring New Haven, running with her wife and best friend, Emily, and cheering on her favorite minor league baseball team, the Hartford Yard Goats. francespollock.comMelissa Wertheimer is a flutist and piccoloist who specializes in new music. She performs throughout the Baltimore-DC region, and is a core member of Great Noise Ensemble and Occasional Symphony. Melissa melds her passions for music, research, and cultural heritage into a career as an archivist and librarian who shares historic musical documents with all lovers of music. Melissa is a Music Reference Specialist at the Library of Congress, Archivist of the Music Library Association, and board member of Occasional Symphony in Baltimore. She formerly held adjunct faculty positions at the Johns Hopkins University and Howard Community College. Melissa holds a M.L.I.S. in Archives and Digital Curation from the University of Maryland, a M.M. in Piccolo from the Peabody Institute, and a B.M. in Flute from Ithaca College.
Revolution

Revolution

2020-03-0351:18

1. Danny Elfman’s Violin Concerto “Eleven Eleven”:https://open.spotify.com/playlist/02GpGlIYSLjPzANbHE9YBQ2. Julius Eastman’s Gay Guerrilla:https://open.spotify.com/track/3cSpVzEmTjohDSWxJtt5oS3. A reinterpretation of Mendelssohn’s Op. 44 string quartet:https://youtu.be/EZg31DhIrZoYou can listen to these before or after the episode, or you can pause our podcast and go listen to each piece as we introduce them. Panelists:Rafaela Dreisin is an arts engagement and marketing professional in Baltimore City. Formerly the Director of Audience Development for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Rafaela currently serves as the Associate Director of Marketing for Baltimore Center Stage. Additionally, Rafaela is the co-founder and co-organizer of Classical Revolution Baltimore, a chamber music series which has been brining classical music to new audiences for the past 9 years through performances in non traditional venues. Rafaela has been featured in the Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Magazine, the Baltimore Jewish Times and was invited to speak at TEDxMidAtlantic 2012.Stephanie Ray is a versatile performer and curator of musical projects in Baltimore City. Equally at home on flute, piccolo and alto flute, Stephanie loves exploring repertoire from living and diverse composers and styles. Since 2011 Stephanie has co-directed Classical Revolution Baltimore, which brings free classical music performances into non-traditional spaces such as cafes, bars and public spaces. She curates and performs with Pique Collective, an experimental ensemble that explores sensory enhanced experiences, original compositions and unique collaborations. She enjoys a busy freelance schedule, regularly performing with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Maryland Symphony Orchestra and as a core member of Mind on Fire.With over 30 years of experience, Dominic “Shodekeh” Talifero continues to make musical strides as a groundbreaking beatboxer, vocal percussionist and breath artist who pushes the boundaries of the human voice within and outside the context of Hip Hop music and culture. He currently serves as a musical accompanist and composer in residence for Towson University’s Department of Dance and is the founding director of Embody, A Festival Series of the Vocal Arts, which strives for artistic and cultural convergence through a variety of vocal traditions from the worlds from opera and throat singing to the many forms of vocal percussion. Over the years, Talifero has moved from Beatboxing’s Hip Hop roots to explore innovative and convergent collaborations with a wide range of traditional artists. He serves as the Beatboxer and vocal percussionist for the globally renown Alash, one of the world’s leading Tuvan Throat Singing ensembles, and features on their recent Smithsonian Folkways album release of Achai; and is serving as the resident Beatboxer and cultural ambassador of the local Baltimore chapter of Classical Revolution.More information at pauseandlisten.com. Pause and Listen was created by host John T.K. Scherch and co-creator/marketing manager Michele Mengel Scherch. 
STEM

STEM

2020-02-2532:22

1. Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s In the Light of Air:https://open.spotify.com/user/yd3pvj6u9lur21sni8znarqmh/playlist/22MsIEjWfcXFJQrrESB745?si=eLm5qw_YRF6qbU_haMHawg2. Gregory W. Brown’s Missa Charles Darwin:https://open.spotify.com/album/7fSXwqsyBjRmreve9R6dwr?si=u7xKb6KxQJaeJa2wfS4Bwg3. Enno Poppe’s Keilschrift:https://open.spotify.com/track/7va4X4tNwmThivQeBCHKg4?si=1HY70FFgQum9oyUQzypcCgYou can listen to these before or after the episode, or you can pause our podcast and go listen to each piece as we introduce them. Panelists:Richard Drehoff Jr. is a composer and pianist interested in creating works that explore a level of intimacy between performers and audiences. His music strives to manipulate our perceptions of time to develop a unique psychological affect for each piece, often juxtaposing the most fragile of sounds with obtrusive and harsh sonorities. Richard is the Co-Director of earspace, a North Carolina-based ensemble dedicated to the cultivation of invigorating and immersive performances of contemporary compositions, often featuring collaborations with video and mixed media artists. His works have been performed by earspace, the Mivos Quartet, the ECCE Ensemble, among others. He brought Enno Poppe’s Keilschrift.Dorothy Couper, viola, was graduated from New England Conservatory and Tufts University with a dual degree in Viola Performance and English Literature and from Peabody Conservatory with a Graduate Performance Diploma in Viola Performance.  As a freelance orchestral musician, Ms. Couper plays with the Amadeus Orchestra, the Apollo Orchestra, the Delaware Symphony, the Maryland Symphony, and the National Philharmonic, among others. Dorothy is also an active member of the D.C. Musicians’ Union.  As a chamber musician, Dorothy is a founding member of the Laurel Quartet, and was also a founding member of the Syrinx Ensemble while studying in Boston.  She has also been a regular collaborator with Classical Revolution Baltimore and has been a guest artist with the Evolution Concert Series, the Edwin Trio, the HexaCollective, and the Iris Quartet. She brought in Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s In the Light of Air.Henry S. Gibbons, microbiologist by day and baritone by night, currently serves as the Bass section leader of the Handel Choir of Baltimore. Previously, while in North Carolina, he created the role of Malvolio in the world premiere of Joel Feigin’s Twelfth Night with Long Leaf Opera. Other operatic roles included Antonio in Hoiby’s The Tempest, and Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Bogdanowitsch in The Merry Widow with the Opera Company of North Carolina. He also performs oratorio and soloist roles, including Brahms’ Deutsches Requiem and numerous Bach cantatas, among others. He currently serves as a Research Microbiologist and principal investigator at the US Army’s Chemical Biological Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. He brought in Gregory W. Brown’s Missa Charles Darwin.More information at pauseandlisten.com. Pause and Listen was created by host John T.K. Scherch and co-creator/marketing manager Michele Mengel Scherch. 
An Obvious Question

An Obvious Question

2020-02-1824:55

1. Libby Larsen’s The Birth Project:https://libbylarsen.com/index.php?contentID=241&profileID=1662&startRange=02. Gilda Lyons’ Songs From the F Train:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uAKuoUrHGc&feature=emb_logo3. Francesco Tristano's A Soft Shell Groove:https://open.spotify.com/track/2HmJC4u4U79EgXlI0yc73EYou can listen to these before or after the episode, or you can pause our podcast and go listen to each piece as we introduce them. Panelists:The vocal pop duo Outcalls has been dubbed the “electronic opera queens” of Baltimore. Led by Britt Olsen-Ecker and Melissa Wimbish, both classically trained musicians, Outcalls creates genre-defying pop music that counters the tired narratives pervading much of today’s popular songs. With compelling live shows that feature melodic and harmonic surprises, their voices can tickle your ear hairs one second and shake your teeth the next. Combining ethereal vocals with robust electronic rhythms, Outcalls has created their own genre: a sort of Baroque operatic indie-pop. Their masterful sopranos fuse into lush harmonies that lilt about energetic beats and linger in your ears long after they're gone. You can listen to Outcalls' music on Spotify, Apple Music, and outcalls.bandcamp.comHailed as a "renaissance woman" by Urbanite Magazine, Britt Olsen-Ecker has taken Baltimore and beyond by storm as a multi-talented performer and photographer. She has photographed over 1,000 faces from portraits to weddings to food all over the world. As a performer, Britt has been hailed by her "impressive" and "captivating" roles on stage both as an actor and singer. She has worked with several companies in Baltimore, including the Acme Corporation and Single Carrot Theatre. She recently appeared in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s production of Hindemith’s “Sancta Susanna” as the maid, under the baton of Maestra Marin Alsop. She brought Libby Larsen’s The Birth Project.In the world-premiere of Josephine with UrbanArias, The Washington Post gushed, “... the afternoon belonged to Melissa Wimbish, who was creating the role of Josephine Baker ... Beautifully prepared, vocally stunning, and theatrically riveting, Wimbish effortlessly held the audience in her hand throughout this one-woman show.” Melissa made her Carnegie Hall solo recital debut as a result of winning the Grand Prize NATS Artist Award. Other career highlights include György Ligeti’s Mysteries of the Macabre with Baltimore Symphony, the world-premiere of Paul’s Case with UrbanArias at the Prototype Festival, and Carmina Burana with Washington Ballet. Melissa brought Gilda Lyons’ Songs From the F Train.More information at pauseandlisten.com. Pause and Listen was created by host John T.K. Scherch and co-creator/marketing manager Michele Mengel Scherch. 
Unexpected

Unexpected

2020-02-1130:45

1. Magnus Lindberg’s Clarinet Concerto:https://open.spotify.com/track/2vXK1aHUEmxx0qKW47sI632. Scott Patterson’s Piano Sonata No. 3:https://soundcloud.com/afro-house-productions/piano-sonata-no-33. Paul Salerni’s Something Permanent:https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5SJ3fKS9zHr3wUMlQyPCF2You can listen to these before or after the episode, or you can pause our podcast and go listen to each piece as we introduce them. Panelists:Baltimore-based composer Elliott Grabill brings an authentic perspective to contemporary classical music. As a math teacher, his experiences working with students of all walks of life nurtures an artistic voice that’s both personal and relevant. His most recent song cycle, Teacher Tales, recalls the stories of injustices he witnesses on a daily basis while teaching. The songs, with self-authored lyrics, were hailed by Ron Beckett as doing “what great art has been able to do – raising awareness on issues society blindly accepts.” He brought Magnus Lindberg’s clarinet concerto. elliottgrabill.comKnown for her extensive vocal range, mezzo-soprano Elise Christina Jenkins has charmed audiences in repertoire ranging from opera and art song to operetta. Last year she joined INSeries for their Operetta Wonderland: The Magic of Victor Herbert. A frequent performer with Opera NOVA, she sang the role of Tisbe in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Monisha in Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha, and in various outreach programs and recitals. Elise made her Italian debut in the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival in Mairoi performing scenes from Mozart’s Così fan tutte and she later returned to Italy to sing Madre Maria in Francis Poulenc’s I dialoghi delle Carmelitane. As an oratorio soloist, Elise was invited to sing Handel’s Messiah at the Korean United Methodist Church of Koinonia for their Christmas Eve service with chamber orchestra under the baton of Dr. In Dal Choi. She brought Scott Patterson’s Piano Sonata no. 3, and recommends the other performances of Afro House, among others.Jeffrey Earl Young Jeffrey Earl Young (ASCAP) currently studies under composer Daron Hagen of New York. His compositions range from instrumental solos and art songs, to chamber, choral, and orchestral works. Jeff’s music has been performed by violinist Lauren Cauley Kalal and percussionist Matthew Gold at the Walden School’s Creative Musician’s Retreat; by saxophone/bassoon duo Xelana at Connecticut Summerfest and again in Brooklyn; by new music ensemble Bent Frequency and the Beo String Quartet at the Charlotte New Music Festival, and many others. He sings with the Peabody Community Chorus and enjoys the new music community in Baltimore. A retired intellectual property attorney, Jeff has served on the boards of Bent Frequency, Friends of Music at Emory University, and the Atlanta Young Singers. He brought Paul Salerni’s Something Permanent. Examples of his compositions are found at soundcloud.com/youngatl-1More information at pauseandlisten.com. Pause and Listen was created by host John T.K. Scherch and co-creator/marketing manager Michele Mengel Scherch. 
Mind on Fire

Mind on Fire

2020-02-0433:24

1. Mario Diaz de Leon’s The Soul Is the Arena: https://open.spotify.com/track/0qFOB1V4UuC5QMjar6MJyY2. Paul Pinto’s minis: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2oPi8VUlpJ8wuIxnd2xVqj3. Infinity Knives' In the Mouth of Sadness: https://open.spotify.com/album/4icqa2ewougaaVQ8cQqLicYou can listen to these before or after the episode, or you can pause our podcast and go listen to each piece as we introduce them. Panelists:Jason Charney is a composer and performer of music for instruments, voices, and electronics. His compositions are born from direct collaboration with performers, and often includes electronic/acoustic interactions. As an electroacoustic performer, he is interested in connecting to audiences through embodied gesture, novel interfaces, and improvisation. He brought Mario Diaz de Leon’s The Soul Is the Arena. jasoncharney.com  Allison Clendaniel is a singer, sound maker, and art administrator in Baltimore, MD. Her generative work focuses on theatrically-charged experimental sounds and movement. She is the Artistic Director of Mind on Fire, a musical-art collaborative in Baltimore, MD. More on Paul Pinto's minis can be found here(we'll link to her document as a file, as I think it's useful). She brought Paul Pinto’s minis, more on the piece can be found here. allisonisonline.com James Young is a texpat making music in Baltimore. He is the executive director of Mind on Fire, established early 2017, the apotheosis of a decade’s worth of musical research and observation. It is a modular chamber orchestra featuring the works of contemporary composers and showcasing performers of all disciplines for people of all backgrounds. As a composer, James has enjoyed an active career. His music has been performed or presented by numerous organizations, and can be found online, published by Ehse Records. He received his DMA in Composition at the Peabody Conservatory, where he studied with Michael Hersch. He brought Infinity Knives' In the Mouth of Sadness. jdsjymusic.com Learn more about Mind on Fire and upcoming performances at mindonfire.orgMore information at pauseandlisten.com. Pause and Listen was created by host John T.K. Scherch and co-creator/marketing manager Michele Mengel Scherch. 
Molasses

Molasses

2020-01-2831:13

1. Mario Lavista’s Tríptico: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0SWvbyf07KDxH6lU2x3s7I2. Ryuichi Sakamoto’s Bibo No Aozora: https://open.spotify.com/track/6E5d2cVvbKIWyH3OjcQREi3. Holly Herndon’s Extreme Love: https://open.spotify.com/track/1wWDO0LDjrRIYSuyxU9ZxLYou can listen to these before or after the episode, or you can pause our podcast and go listen to each piece as we introduce them. Panelists:Willie Santiago is a Baltimore-based flutist, educator, and arts administrator.  He currently serves as the concert coordinator for the Department of Music at the University of Maryland Baltimore County where he oversees the logistics of the department’s concert series. He has made appearances with the chamber orchestra Symphony Number One and actively performs in pit orchestras for various musicals and productions in the Baltimore-DC area.  Willie is also is the co-founder of Stranded Silver, a flute quartet based on the East Coast, and maintains an active schedule performing with them at conventions, schools, and featured concerts. He brought Mario Lavista’s Tríptico. williesantiago.weebly.comBaltimore native Amelia Stinnette is the elusive multi-genre producer SoProper (@soprpr) She continues to share her passion for art and music with her peers at Maryland Institute College of Art and Peabody Institute through small projects in the community. Amelia brought Ryuichi Sakamoto’s Bibo no Aozora. instagram.com/soprprNiccolo Seligmann unites strings of gut with lines of code. He performs on over twenty historical and traditional instruments from around the world, and designs his own software instruments. As a 2020 Strathmore Artist in Residence, he is releasing his solo album, Kinship, on February 26, 2020. Tickets for his Strathmore performances here. Kinship uses viola da gamba improvisation to express multispecies resistance to extractive capitalism. Preorder the album here. You can also hear him perform on viola da gamba, medieval fiddle, and more on the soundtracks of the PC game Civilization VI and the 2017 feature film Papillon. Niccolo is a member of ensembles Alkemie, The Broken Consort, Hesperus, Wherligig, and others. He brought Holly Herndon’s “Extreme Love.” niccoloseligmann.comMore information at pauseandlisten.com. Pause and Listen was created by host John T.K. Scherch and co-creator/marketing manager Michele Mengel Scherch. 
Spiky Bits

Spiky Bits

2020-01-2133:43

1. Leo Brouwer’s Sonata del pensador: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1H3XzKKhXgxS8K0JlA2bZ22. Paul Lansky’s Textures: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/32lNiwD6k9M9hmZN2Qv9MU3. Mazen Kerbaj’s Walls Will Fall: The 49 Trumpets of Jericho: https://open.spotify.com/track/0jSUuU0P8gE2Kd9IqmOvzNYou can listen to these before or after the episode, or you can pause our podcast and go listen to each piece as we introduce them. Panelists:Andrew Oswinkle was born and raised in Baltimore and attends Peabody Conservatory for his masters in Classical Guitar Performance under scholarship. He has played for various events in the area such as ArtScape, the Baltimore Book Festival, the Bach in Baltimore BachFest, and has put on a number of solo recitals in the Baltimore area. Andrew is dedicated to advocacy for the classical guitar by, not only bringing his music to formal concert stages, but also by bringing high-quality music into his local community by playing for local events, schools, and informal venues. He brought Leo Brouwer’s Sonata del pensador and recommends other Brouwer works such as the Danza del Altiplano, Tres Apuntes, and the Concierto no. 2, “de Lieja.” aoguitar.comZoe Fried is a performer, administrator, and arts advocate with an aim to inspire audiences through genuine interaction and creative presentation, currently the Operations Manager with Shriver Hall Concert Series. Zoe performs and producing in venues all across Baltimore, including performing for Dan Deacon's 10th Anniversary release concert for Spiderman of the Rings, and in Deacon’s Baltimore Symphony Pulse collaboration at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. She also performs with and serves on the Board of Mind on Fire, a musical arts cooperative, collaboratively presenting contemporary music in Baltimore. She recommends that you check out this live performance of Paul Lansky’s Textures, which we talk about on the episode.Samuel Burt is a composer in Baltimore, composing for orchestra, small groups, piano, and electronic music. He improvises on clarinet, bass clarinet, and daxophone. He is a professor at Towson and Johns Hopkins. He is a member of the High Zero Foundation that runs the Red Room series, focusing on improvised and experimental music. Check out The Free Jazz Collective’s article on the piece Sam brought, Mazen Kerbaj’s Walls Will Fall, Kerbaj’s festival of experimental and contemporary music in Arab countries, and an excerpt of his “duet” with an Israeli bombardment of his town. samuelburt.comMore information at pauseandlisten.com. Pause and Listen was created by host John T.K. Scherch and co-creator/marketing manager Michele Mengel Scherch. 
Diving Right In

Diving Right In

2020-01-1430:35

Pieces featured on this show:1. Michael Alec Rose’s Il ritorno: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3UhKJQ9eWw7tpOyyyWPk0p?si=rX--sV3bQ-aItzJtcVJZbA2. Dan Trueman’s Songs that are Hard to Sing: https://open.spotify.com/album/52UJBGxkgdgXt9VRu2KlAF?si=KjtBEhSPQg-rsbHwqn9qHQ3. Elliot Cole’s Hanuman’s Leap: https://soundcloud.com/elliot-cooper-cole/hanumans-leap-live-in-ann-arbor-with-willo-collectiveYou can listen to these before or after the episode, or you can pause our podcast and go listen to each piece as we introduce them. Panelists:Described by American Record Guide as “...a composer whose heart and care are palpable... who has a voice that deserves to be heard often” and by the Baltimore Sun as having “a refined sense of melodic arcs and harmonic motion,” Peter Dayton’s compositions have been performed across the globe. He brought Michael Alec Rose’s Il ritorno (he recommends you listen to the whole album); you might also be interested in the soloist’s commentary. peterdaytonmusic.comViolinist Sarah Thomas performs and teaches in the Baltimore area and is committed to engaging the community through chamber music in fresh and exciting ways. Enthusiastic about new and old music alike, Sarah performs as a member of the Bergamot Quartet, Chamber Encounters, and other Baltimore-based chamber music ensembles. She brought Dan Trueman’s Songs that are Hard to Sing, which is also available in video form.bergamotquartet.comChristina Manceor is a percussionist, educator, and arts administrator with diverse musical interests. As a soloist, she is winner of the 2015 PAS/Armand Zildjian Percussion Scholarship, as well as the 2013 Black Swamp Solo Multi-Percussion Competition. Her experience in music education spans almost a decade of private instruction in classical percussion, marching percussion, drumset, and jazz improvisation, and she has regularly taught as drumline staff for the Troy High School Marching Band in Michigan. She brought Elliot Cole’s Hanuman’s Leap; you can read the composer’s commentary in addition to ours!christinamanceor.comMore information at pauseandlisten.com. Pause and Listen was created by host John T.K. Scherch and co-creator/marketing manager Michele Mengel Scherch. 
Pause and Listen explores the spectrum of new classical music through the lens of musicians, composers, and art appreciators. Each episode, three panelists join in conversation with John T.K. Scherch, bringing in three pieces of new notated music available on the internet that they feel others should hear. Listeners are encouraged to engage with the music as they see fit, be it listening to the pieces uninterrupted before playing the episode or pausing and listening to the pieces on streaming platforms along with the panelists. 
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