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After months of simple rehearsals, Bill Reyer and I gave our Palm Sunday vocal program, an evening of favorite songs, selected and performed by Bill, while I collaborated on the piano. Bill created a clever and thoughtful program, one that used Broadway standards, Hank...

Joan and I would like to thank the congregation of Trinity Presbyterian Church, in Kenton Ohio, for inviting Joan to present a solo organ recital earlier this spring. Joan played on an historic Hook & Hastings Organ, one that has been in continuous use since its instal...

            Liesl and John Hunnemann (both Berg grads,) Mark and Bob Applebaum, Joan and Doug

Well, it took about 17 years of dreaming, but it finally happened. Heidelberg University welcomed Dr. Mark Applebaum, the "Mad Scientist" of Music to i...


My thanks and gratitude to friends and colleagues Jos Milton, tenor, Adam Estes, saxophone and Stacy Rodgers, piano for a wonderful performance of excerpts from my song cycle Langston's Lot at the Region 6 meeting of the North America...

I'm not sure, but my music may have made its Oklahoma debut last night, thanks to the efforts of a good friend and colleague. Melissa Bosma gave her first faculty recital as Oklahoma State's new oboe specialist and included my Four States of Mind, for oboe and piano on...

More than 20 years ago, I was asked to write a new composition for tenor voice, alto saxophone and piano by Gail Levinsky and Jackie Edwards Henry, allowing them to perform with fellow faculty member McCray Davis at Mississippi State University. McCray was a very polit...

I'm very proud of my composition student, Caleb Adams, who made a very successful presentation of his multi-media work, War Over Hill, at the Student Snapshot Conference for the Society of Composers (SCI,) held at Otterbein University. Caleb and fellow student Rachel T...

Saturday, October 22nd was a highly significant day for one of my dearest friends, Jodi Nicholson Keith, who was accepted into the Lutheran Church of American (ELCA) as an ordained minister. She has accepted a call to serve the congregation of St. Peter Lutheran Church...

The project started out so simply. I read a brief and humorous poem, by my good friend and colleague, Dr. William Reyer.  Part of it is quoted below:

“I’m a little black lizard

I live by the lake.

In the hot summer sun

On a pine stump, I bake.

I will eat a brown cricket


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