2020 Classical Music New Years Resolutions: Opera

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.

2020 Classical Music New Years Resolutions: Getting Started

Happy New Year! It’s that time again for us to reflect on the past year and think about what we can change or do better in our lives. Sometimes these New Years resolutions end up changing our lives, and sometimes they fizzle out partially through the year. However, this year I am committed to completing my goals, and I invite you to join me in completing our goals!

A Musical Philadelphia: Vocalist and Personal Trainer Roy Wilford Belzer IV

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.

Popular Composers, Rare Operas: Russian Edition

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.

Webern vs. Berg: 20th-Century Composer War, Battle 1

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…

Romantic Composer War: Battle 1

Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel Claude Debussy was born on August 22nd, 1862 in St Germaine-en-Laye to a family of modest means and little cultural involvement. Debussy displayed enough musical talent to be admitted into the Conservatoire de Paris at the age of ten. At the Concervatoire, he began studying piano with Antoine François Marmontel,…

Classical Composer War: Battle 1

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart vs. Franz Joseph Haydn Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on January 27th, 1756 in Salzburg, Austria. At an early age, he displayed prodigious musical abilities, and by the age of five he had already begun composing. His father, Leopold Mozart, an accomplished musician himself, managed concert tours for the young Wolfgang and…

Takes My Breath Away

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.