When I first began setting out on my journey as a professional musician, I had been playing trumpet for several years, but I had grown to love and appreciate singing and the vocal arts. Fast-forward nearly ten years later, and I find myself working with a Master of Music in Music History degree and working in administration at the Academy of Vocal Arts.
It is with great pleasure that I get to introduce to you a friend of mine, Roy Belzer IV. Roy has recently moved to Philadelphia from Chicago, and has already begun making waves in the classical music scene here in Philadelphia. Aside from being an active performer, Roy has co-founded the Philadelphia-based choral group Tutti Allegro. Aside from his musical activities, Roy is also a personal trainer, and he aims to blend the two professions together.
It’s that time of the year again! With Christmas just a few days away, we often recounting stories we heard as children and plays, ballets, and other shows we may have witnessed. For me, Christmas has always been filled with reading stories by the fireplace in the living room, going to concerts of Christmas carols and festive music, and going to the theater to see a show. However, somehow the shows performed at Christmastime seem to always be the same. While I’m one for tradition and nostalgia, I can’t help but think about all the wonderful theatrical works that would add a wonderful variety to the season.
The roots of opera stretch back hundreds of years. Each major cultural hub has at one point claimed that their version of the art form is the truest and greatest version, but in our modern world, these cultural versions have all melded together into one incredible genre. Writers of Italian, French, German, English, Czech, Russian, and American operas share the spotlights together, granted their work is engaging enough to audiences across the world.
The ballet, with all its beauty and grace on the stage, has some of classical music’s most glorious and mesmerizing scores.
Written by Stephen J. Trygar Cover photo by Josh Hild on Unsplash Anton Webern’s days as a schoolboy was brimming with animosity. Fellow schoolmates shunned him, and his teachers neglected him in consequence to his poor spelling and mathematics skills; his cello and piano lessons consoled him. Although his aristocratic father expected him to study agriculture and oversee…
Time and time again, composers have marveled at the ocean; their experiences with the vast, mysterious waters are immortalized in the masterpieces they left behind.
Regardless of what genre of music you enjoy, there are always moments that take our breath away. Sometimes these moments are triggered by the sheer power being blasted into our ears, while other moments are so tranquil and serene that absolute silence is needed to fully appreciate the beauty.
Vivaldi and Telemann are being pitted against each other in Battle 1 of the Baroque Composer Wars.
If you desire to pursue a career in music history, don’t limit yourself. Of course you can become a professor at a university and inspire students like your professors did before you, but take it from someone who tried and steered away from that route. There are other roads to travel, even if you have to make one for yourself.