Classical Music

Terence James Thompson played the clarinet just as his father and grandfather did. Terence played clarinet in the British Army after World War II and in 1948 attended the Birmingham School of Music. He began to teach in a Birmingham area high school in 1950. He quickly discovered that he was unable...
Isao Tomita was the world-renowned composer of electronic music who famously used the Moog synthesizers to create award winning music that influenced a generation of music makers!  Among his most incredible contributions to music was his use of multitrack recordings to create polyphonic...
Michael Udow served as principal percussionist with the Santa Fe Opera from 1968 until his retirement in 2009. His work with Keiko Abe in Japan as part of Summit Brass, Equilibrium and the seasons with the Michigan Symphony Band have been widely regarded within the world of percussion. Michael’s...
Rick Walters transcribed popular sheet music when he first joined Hal Leonard.  Over the years he grew within the company to manage the classical and vocal publications.  The growth within the classical division has been vast considering the G. Schirmer and Boosey and Hawkes deals that Hal Leonard...
Christopher Weait attended Potsdam's music program in the late 1950s, the same time as John O'Reilly and Sandy Feldstein.  After teaching music and playing in many orchestras, Christopher began to compose.  He published a book, one of the first, on double reed making and soon wrote method books and...
Lutz Wentscher spoke of the long history of Tonger Music House, one of the most traditional publishers in Germany.  As CEO, Lutz has helped guide the company in recent years, yet looks back fondly on the many achievements of the Tonger Company since it was first established in Cologne in 1822. ...
Stephen Wick, whose father is a well-regarded classical musician, grew up in a very musical home.  What he discovered as a child that remains to this very day is that his father’s passion for music, transferred nicely over to him.  Together they work in the company his father, Denis, established to...
Petra Woodfull-Harris recalls taking lessons on the recorder at the age of six, followed by the piano three years later.  She enjoyed the idea of improving her skills and of expressing herself through music, which is a driving force in her passion today.  As the sales and marketing manager for...
Bernie Worrell began playing classical music as a small child and it soon led to his life-long passion for music! He met George Clinton, who at the time was leading a Doo-Wop group called The Parliaments. As Bernie experimented with electronic keyboards and synthesizers he teamed with George to pen...
Andrew York has a powerful way of expressing himself, by using his words and his music. With his articulate delivery, he provides a special insight into the drive of playing and composing the music that is within him. It’s that inner drive that has given all of us works such as “Sunburst,” “Evening...

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