Thursday, April 2, 2015

Sweden Uses Science to Create a Future Generation of Opera Singers

STOCKHOLM—In a groundbreaking development that has taken the scientific and musical communities here by storm, a team of researchers at the Kung Gustavus III Institute for Medical and Musical Studies announced they have been using genetic material to make clones of important opera singers, including the legendary soprano Birgit Nilsson and tenor Jussi Björling. Other singers whose DNA was used in the experiment include soprano Elisabeth Söderström and Wagnerian tenor Set Svanholm.  more

Disadvantaged Children in Harmony Program to Study with New York Philharmonic

El Sistema, the world-famous Venezuelan music education project, is marking its 40th anniversary this year amid worries that increasing social unrest and worsening relations with the U.S. could hurt its mission to keep 400,000 at-risk children on the straight-and-narrow.
But El Sistema-inspired initiatives in the United States have proliferated. El Sistema USA, an umbrella organization, lists 113 different programs in 33 states, up from 50 programs in 2011. Among the most high-profile is the Harmony Program, an after-school program which trains more than 200 disadvantaged kids in neighborhoods in Upper ManhattanBrooklyn, the Bronx and Long Island.  more

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

New CD Box Set: The RISM Complete Incipits Edition!! (Happy April Fool's Day!)

Many people know that one of the things that makes RISM unique is that we include music incipits in our records.

How many times have you thought to yourself, "If only I could listen to these music incipits all day!"

Now you can! Announcing a new CD box set, the RISM Complete Incipits Edition (image, left). Available on 2,286 CDs, this limited edition box set includes 1,690,822 incipits performed on historically accurate instruments.

Who can forget the classic opening to Anton Diabelli's Tantum Ego?

Tantum ergo

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Kayleigh Decker to sing in Carnegie Hall master class - watch it live on!!

Oberlin Conservatory of Music’s student, mezzo-soprano Kayleigh Decker, will perform during the Carnegie Hall master classes broadcast live on February 21, 22 and 23 at 2 p.m. EST on

Access from the Conservatory Library’s homepage or a free mobile app available for free from iTunes.

To stream using your computer on or off campus: use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) so network activity can move through a secure server and be associated with Oberlin College.  By using VPN, you will not need to authenticate further.

Configure VPN (for computer, iPads or iPhones)

Settings -> General -> VPN -> Add VPN Configuration

            Select:  IPSec

            Description: Oberlin College



            Password: left blank; you will be prompted each time for your OBie password

            Group Name: OC

            Secret: feb2006

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Valentine Day: A cynic's playlist

The chocolates are now half price and the day has passed, but wait...

Valentine Day: A cynic's playlist

We know that love isn't really a bed of roses, so if you've been jilted, dumped. left all alone this Valentine's Day, fear not. Here's our alternative guide – a cynic's guide, if you will – to what love can really be like! more

One Night Only: The Streets Meet The Opera House

The Dallas City Performance Hall is packed, sold out. As the late arrivers scramble down the aisles looking for their seats, two dozen homeless singers quietly walk out of the wings and line up across the stage single file. It's a thin band stretched across a large expanse of stage and they look fairly terrified. The orchestra plays the opening bars of "Somewhere" from Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story. The house goes completely quiet, a sense of anxiety in the air. The Dallas Street Choir has been practicing for months, but as they begin, it's shaky.  Listen here

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

What It Means To Play Pablo Casals' Cello

When Amit Peled was 10, his parents gave him a gift: a cassette of music by cello master Pablo Casals. Peled had no classical background; his parents were not musicians. He says his own budding interest in the cello was a scam, a way of getting close to a girl in his town who happened to play the instrument. And yet, every night, he would fall asleep with the tape playing from a boombox beside his bed. The music made an impression.  Read and listen here!