Benefit Concert for The Bethesda Academy’s 275th Anniversary, March 15, 2015

The Goliards instrumentalists (John Hillenbrand, vielle and violin, Anne Durant, harp, and myself on organ and sinfonye) and soprano Ashley Adams Roper are honored to have been asked to present a program in celebration and support of The Bethesda Academy’s 250th anniversary.

The Creation by Haydn, performed by The Savannah Philharmonic

I have the great pleasure of playing continuo (fortepiano) with The Savannah Philharmonic at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, E. Harris St., Savannah, GA on January 31, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Haydn’s masterpiece, with great soloists and interpretation!

performance for Advent with The Goliards at St. John Episcopal, Savannah, GA , Dec. 18, 2014

The instrumentalists (John Hillenbrand, Anne Durant, Anne Acker) of The Goliards along with soprano Ashley Roper, will perform medieval and Renaissance music appropriate for the Advent season at St. John Episcopal Church, 1 W. Macon St, in beautiful, historic downtown Savannah at 5:30 p.m.

with The Goliards: The Message of Gabriel, Sunday, Dec. 21, 3 p.m., 2014

The Goliards will perform The Message of Gabriel, a program of English Advent and Christmas music that covers a period of approximately 300 years (ca. 1150-ca. 1450), on Sunday, December 21, at 3:00 P.M.. The concert will taker place at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (34th and Abercorn). Admission is $10.00. Instrumentalists include John Hillenbrand (vielle), Anne Durant (harp and percussion), and myself on organ and sinfonye.

The program features five sopranos (Ashley Adams Roper, Melissa Flummerfelt, Mary Catherine Mousourakis, Cuffy Sullivan, and Leila Sullivan), and will include examples of varied choral genres – Gregorian Chant, two hymns by St. Godric of Finchale (ca. 1065-1170), two 13th-century Marian motets, and a variety of early-15th-century carols (ranging from pious to raucous) from the Selden Codex. The texts of the works in the program are to be sung in Latin or in Middle English.

The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, 2nd Edition, FINALLY PUBLISHED

I had the great weight and pleasure of serving as a Senior Editor as well as a writer for the 2nd edition of The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments. My responsibilities included all stringed keyboard instrument related articles, some other keyboard articles, all Electronics related entries, as well as all ‘odd’ difficult to categorize instruments, and assisting with acoustics, temperament and whatever needed more hands on deck in a hurry. I wrote too many articles to list here, but perhaps one of my favorites was The Cosmophone, should you care to look that up.

I cannot say enough good things about our amazing Editor in Chief, Laurence Libin, who is a true inspiration of energy, detail, excellence, unbelievable slicing of word counts to the bone, and good humor.

The 2nd edition of the Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments

I have accepted a part time position as Contributing Editor for the 2nd edition of the Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, Oxford University Press.

Publication: The 2014 Ivory Trade and Movement Restrictions

appears in The Diapason, 105th yr., #9, whole # 1258, pp. 28-30.

Versions also published in the contemporaneous The Galpin Society Newsletter and The Reed Organ Society Newsletter.

AMIS 2014: Summary of the Ivory Movement Restrictions, May 31st, 2014

At the Annual Meeting of The American Musical Instrument Society, I gave an invited but extemporaneous presentation on the current state of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife’s extreme restrictions on movement of items containing even antique ivory and how this affects musicians and other owners and collectors of musical instruments.

AMIS 2014 Talk: Recent Research in Keyboard Instrument Key-Touch Response at The Piano Design Lab

May 31, 2014, at The Annual Meeting of the American Musical Instrument Society, Sawmill Creek Resort, Huron, Ohio. Presented a paper on research at The Piano Design Lab, University of Waterloo, Ontario by Dr. Stephen Birkett and myself. Results to be published, so you’ll just have to suffer and wonder here!

Work trip to Seattle, Washington, March 2014

Working in Seattle for several clients on 19th century pianos, including an 1875 Erard, an 1860 Pleyel and others.