Tag Archives: Eastman School of Music

Jan DeGaetani’s Life Lessons

Friends, I recently chatted with soprano Karen Holvik whom I   first met in the fall of 1980, my first semester in Jan’s studio. I was eighteen; Karen had just completed her graduate degree the spring before and was headed to her … Continue reading

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Jan DeGaetani and Water

Good Morning, Friends, Here’s a little piece I worked on this morning:   Hawk Baritone Tom Paul, asks me, “Did you know Jan was fascinated by Osprey?” I shake my head no. “She loved them.” I find this question scribbled … Continue reading

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Jan DeGaetani and Dawn

Dawn was once a popular name. I don’t know anyone naming their daughters this today. There are four Dawn’s from all around the country still in my life, all born within years of me in 1962. It was once a … Continue reading

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Jan DeGaetani: 4 Days in May

Back in November, during my third visit to the beautiful home she once shared with Phil West on the Hudson, Carole Cowan and I found more treasure in the attic.  After all these years, I’d hoped there was more to … Continue reading

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For Sister

My sister, the painter, lays stones on me. Sometimes I’m on the bed, sometimes, the floor of her studio on the second floor, a soft, thick blanket over me. She lifts it to place the stone, at my throat, on … Continue reading

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Mozart in the Jungle

So, I’ve been wanting to write about this gem of a comedy Mozart in the Jungle streaming on Amazon Prime.  I saw its previews a year or so ago, discovered it was “based on” Blair Tindall‘s memoir: Mozart in the Jungle: … Continue reading

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Cross Roads

So, Friends, here’s some new writing. And by new, I mean just written these past two days, unedited; in fact, too new to know what it is. But. I had a lively chat today with Dr. Marie Rolf at Eastman, … Continue reading

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From the Research: Ancient Voices

Hello, Friends, I’ve been working on a section about Jan’s seminal work on George Crumb’s Ancient Voices of Children. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, here’s a brief description via Wikipedia: Ancient Voices of … Continue reading

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Friday Roundup

Friends: Another swift week! Sunday is the beginning of a new year. Everything inside me tells me this is going to be a good year. I hope for you, too. Read my post of Dec 29 on navigating my recent … Continue reading

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Friday Roundup

Dear Friends, This was a short week for me, because of travel and the holidays. Two posts to review for this week, both about my interview with Eastman and Stony Brook grad Peggy Kampmeier, pianist. Tuesday:   Peggy Kampmeier, Part One … Continue reading

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