Music Blogs

Here's our guide to the wonderful, sometimes wacky world of classical music blogs. You'll find commentary on local, national and international happenings. Jump in and join in! If we’ve missed one of your favorites, send us an email at [email protected].

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Critics Beyond the Bay

About Last Night (Terry Teachout)

Terry Teachout curates this blog that brings together the musings of arts critics in NYC, Chicago and elsewhere.  The postings are eclectic to say the least.  Terry writes 95% of them so the focus tends to be on NYC scene.  Each of the authors regularly offer their suggestions on where to spend your entertainment dollar in their respective cities.  In addition they are not above a little facebook-esque fun to crack each other up.
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Bay Area Voices

About the Composer (Michael Kaulkin)

Composer Michael Kaulkin writes about the process and anything else on his mind. 
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National Music Biz & Cultural Issues

Adaptistration (Drew McManus)

Drew McManus writes a very focused column offering advice on managing symphony orchestras
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Musicology and Theory

Amusicology

Musicologists Ryan Banagale and Drew Massey curate this forum on musicology (and the occasional completely off topic subject that they deem worthy).
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Opera in General

An Unamplified Voice

The anonymous NYC opera buff provides shares their opera journal.  The posts are mostly about the Met, occasionally dipping into other goings on in the world of opera.
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Bay Area Voices

aworks (Robert Gable)

Robert Gable primarily covers recordings of contemporary music.  He likes to play the DJ, finding interesting recordings and share them with you using various listening links.
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New Music/Composers

Boring Like a Drill (Ben Harper)

Billed as an "Authoritative Guide to Culture", London musician Ben Harper fills this blog with his take on art, music culture and the odd VW Bus.
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National Music Biz & Cultural Issues

Brian Dickie

What's it like to be the general director of the Chicago Opera Theater? Read Brian Dickie's blog to find out.  Brian gives revealing blow by blow accounts of what it takes to mount opera productions in Chicago.
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National Music Biz & Cultural Issues

Butts in Seats (Joe Patti)

An arts manager muses on practical issues of marketing and PR.
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Bay Area Voices

Celeste's Scramblings (Celeste Winant)

This is Celeste's place to writes about concert events around the bay area, with a particular focus on choral works.
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Choralista (Celeste Winant)

Celeste Winant's blog started out of frustration with the difficulties facing choral groups in this country.  She writes about various cultural pressures that come to bear on organizations attempting to survive and create in the world of classical choral music.
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Civic Center

SF Mike writes about cultural happenings in SF.  He's as likely to write about a museum exhibition as a concert downtown.  Posts generally including quite a bit of photographic evidence.
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Critics Beyond the Bay

Classical Life by Tim Mangan

Tim Mangan at the Orange County Register offers various short news and errata (and occasional silliness) to compliment his official posts as an arts critic.
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Critics Beyond the Bay

Classical Musing (Andrew Druckenbrod)

Andrew Druckenbrod covers classical music for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  Anything is fair game and the majority of posts relate to classical music news from all over the world.
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Critics Beyond the Bay

Classical WETA (Jens Laurson)

Jens Laurson is the critic at large for WETA 90.9 FM in Washington D.C.  Considering the amount of time and care that goes into each post, he is writing at a furious rate.  Each one is a thorough examination of the topic, be it a CD release, historical figure or simply coming attractions.
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Bay Area Voices

David Bratman

David Bratman is a librarian who lives with his lawfully wedded soprano and a wall full of symphony recordings.
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Critics Beyond the Bay

Deceptively Simple (Marc Geelhoed)

Marc Geelhoed writes about music, art, culture and events in Chicago from his perspective as administer of the Chicago Symphony's in house record label, CSO. 
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Musicology and Theory

Dial M for Musicology

Jonathan Bellman (University of North Colorado) and Phil Ford (Indiana University) trade off posting on this blog about musicology.  Though they will dig deep into various topics, the lighthearted tone of this blog makes it a nice intro to the field.
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Bay Area Voices

Diane Hidy

Free Resources for Piano Teachers and students. Printable sight-reading flashcards. Recommendations for student repertoire. Teaching tips for new and experienced teachers. Piano music for young children. Piano teacher resources.
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New Music/Composers

Felsenmusick (Daniel Felsenfeld)

Music writer Daniel Felsenfeld shares very personal journal about his experiences as a composer in New York.
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