BMC@Home

From our home to yours: students and faculty share new concerts, living room recitals, and masterclasses.


Posted July 30, 2020


BMC guest artist Mishka Momen recently performed one of Schumann's works for solo piano from her home in London during the COVID-19 lockdown. This is the Eintritt (Entrance) from Schumann's Waldszenen (Forest Scenes), op. 82, the first of nine short movements.


BMC alum Aaron Lipsky is the Artistic Director of the chamber music organization Clarinet & Friends and host of The Forte Podcast. For the inaugural episode, Aaron spoke with BMC Resident Conductor Ken Lam on quitting law for music, winning a conducting job, and the challenges facing orchestras in the coming years. The Forte Podcast is available on every major streaming platform, including Apple, Spotify, and Google, and listeners can subscribe to be notified when a new episode is out.


BMC viola alum Mallory Carnes joins with pianist Rebecca Luppe for this arrangement of Debussy's "Girl With the Flaxen Hair." As Rebecca shares, "It's so easy to see people's recording projects and imagine them to be the perfectly motivated musician who has it all together, all the time. I want to be a part of debunking that so we can stop feeling so ashamed, and not enough, for having an off day, or a sad day, or a weird unmotivated day." Rebecca is a student of Norman Krieger at Indiana University, where Mallory recently graduated with her masters as a student of Stephen Wyrczynski.


Part 4 of 4

Join yoga teacher and Ayurvedic specialist Amber Shadwick-Bennett, for a summertime yoga practice series filmed on the BMC campus! Beat the heat this summer season with this 4-part, 30-minute, building series of fluid yoga asana and pranayama (breathwork). As Amber shares, "Enjoy lateral bends and twists to balance the excess qualities of pitta present during the summertime. Twists help to detoxify the liver, and are vital in cooling the blood, while lateral bends help to cool and create spaciousness decreasing excess heat and rigidity in the body and mind."


Posted July 23, 2020


Premieres Saturday, July 25 at 8:00pm

Join the Janiec Opera Company in this premiere of Zoom Speed Dating Tonight! The original Speed Dating Tonight! was premiered at Brevard in 2013, and Zoom Speed Dating Tonight! has been updated for online presentation. Music and Lyrics by Michael Ching; Conceived and Created by Dean Anthony.


Violinist and BMC guest artist Augustin Hadelich shares a unique performance of "Adoration" by Florence Price, arranged by Elaine Fine. Hadelich requested performances from fans and colleagues, then stitched 37 of them together over his piano accompaniment. As he writes, this compilation encourages musicians to explore other music by neglected composers on their own.


BMC horn faculty member Robert Rydel joins musicians from the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra for a special program titled Winds in the Woods. This socially distanced performance includes interviews with the musicians and features music by Muczynski, Haydn, and Farkas.


Part 3 of 4

Join yoga teacher and Ayurvedic specialist Amber Shadwick-Bennett, for a summertime yoga practice series filmed on the BMC campus! Beat the heat this summer season with this 4-part, 30-minute, building series of fluid yoga asana and pranayama (breathwork). As Amber shares, "Enjoy lateral bends and twists to balance the excess qualities of pitta present during the summertime. Twists help to detoxify the liver, and are vital in cooling the blood, while lateral bends help to cool and create spaciousness decreasing excess heat and rigidity in the body and mind."


Posted July 16, 2020


BMC guest artist Bella Hristova recently recorded herself performing both parts for Prokofiev's Sonata for Two Violins. This movement, Andante cantabile, is the first part of the four-movement sonata which echoes a traditional Baroque period form.


BMC alum and assistant principal bass of The Philadelphia Orchestra Joseph Conyers discusses a "scooping" bowing technique with Geoff Chalmers. As Discover Double Bass shares, "Joseph demonstrates how a scooping technique on the string will create a better sound, and how you can achieve this. This includes how to use the natural weight of your body and use the right amount of pressure to get a rich, full sound from your bass."


Enjoy this clip from a recent virtual piano masterclass given by BMC faculty member Norman Krieger. Here, he works with BMC alum and 2020 student Jiajun (David) Lai on the second and third movements of Bach's Italian Concerto, BWV 971. David is a graduate student of BMC faculty member Michael Chertock at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.


Part 2 of 4

Join yoga teacher and Ayurvedic specialist Amber Shadwick-Bennett, for a summertime yoga practice series filmed on the BMC campus! Beat the heat this summer season with this 4-part, 30-minute, building series of fluid yoga asana and pranayama (breathwork). As Amber shares, "Enjoy lateral bends and twists to balance the excess qualities of pitta present during the summertime. Twists help to detoxify the liver, and are vital in cooling the blood, while lateral bends help to cool and create spaciousness decreasing excess heat and rigidity in the body and mind."


Posted July 9, 2020


Enjoy this clip from our inaugural Virtual Living Room Concert. BMC violin faculty member Benjamin Sung discusses and performs Eugène Ysaÿe's Sonata No. 2, I. Obsession, Prelude. This movement includes quotes from Bach's E Major Partita infused with the recognizable melody of the "Dies Irae".


BMC trombone faculty member David Jackson joins Michael Dease, the Director of the Jazz Institute @ Brevard, who wrote this special arrangement of "Lift Every Voice and Sing." Originally for a vocal chorus, this arrangement features eight trombone parts supported by string bass, organ, and drums.


BMC alums and 2020 students RJ McDowell and Wesley Hamilton share this special at-home performance. Written by Italian composer Alessandro Rolla, this viola duet lets both parts shine. This is the first movement, Allegro Maestoso, from the Duo in G Major. RJ holds degrees from Furman University and Belmont University, and Wesley recently graduated with her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia.


Part 1 of 4

Join yoga teacher and Ayurvedic specialist Amber Shadwick-Bennett for a summertime yoga practice series filmed on the BMC campus! Beat the heat this summer season with this 4-part, 30-minute, building series of fluid yoga asana and pranayama (breathwork). As Amber shares, "Enjoy lateral bends and twists to balance the excess qualities of pitta present during the summertime. Twists help to detoxify the liver, and are vital in cooling the blood, while lateral bends help to cool and create spaciousness decreasing excess heat and rigidity in the body and mind."


Posted July 2, 2020


Enjoy this special video message from BMC students, faculty, and staff sharing what they'll miss about Brevard this summer. Although we can’t be together in person this summer, we look forward to seeing you face-to-face again, whenever that may be!


BMC alum Caleb Georges and past guest artist Elena Urioste join fellow Sphinx Virtuosi artists in this performance of "Elegy: In memoriam - Stephen Lawrence," composed by Philip Herbert.


WCVB-TV in Boston reached out to BMC Artistic Director Keith Lockhart for this special at-home segment filmed in mid-May. Unable to conduct any orchestras during this time, Keith shares what he's been working on instead.


Past BMC guest artists Yo-Yo Ma and Rhiannon Giddens recently collaborated for the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth. The tune, "Build A House," was written by Rhiannon in early June. As she writes, "What can I say about what's been happening, what has happened, and what is continuing to happen, in this country, in the world? There's too many words and none, all at once. So I let the music speak, as usual."


Posted June 25, 2020


BMC guest artist Garrick Ohlsson was set to open the 2020 season on June 25. Instead, we are thrilled to share this recital from March 14, streamed live from the Kaufmann Concert Hall in New York City. The concert program includes Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 11 in B-Flat Major, Prokofiev's Piano Sonata No. 6 in A Major, Chopin's Impromptu No. 2 and Six Études from Op. 25, and a special Rachmaninoff encore.


PorterFlute Pod

BMC flute faculty member Amy Porter shares pointers and stories on her new podcast, which features a wide range of topics valuable for anyone interested in music. Recent episodes include entrepreneurial tips, interviews with special guests, and a series on performance therapy. Listen for free on a variety of platforms.


Past BMC guest artist Xavier Foley performs his own composition for solo double bass. Titled Etude No. 5, "The Mystery," this slow, rich work doubles as both a performance piece and a technical tool.


BMC faculty members Allegra Lilly (harp) and Thomas Jöstlein (horn) join fellow musicians in St. Louis for this rendition of Bernstein's "Make Our Garden Grow" chorus from Candide. Conducted by Gemma New, featured performers come from the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis' 2020 Gerdine Young Artists program.


Posted June 18, 2020


Past BMC guest artist Elena Urioste shares a special arrangement of Bob Marley's Three Little Birds. She writes: "We thought it might be fun to incorporate some other celebrated birds into our arrangement...so alongside this Bob Marley classic, we've hidden seven other composers' pieces inspired by birds and birdsong. How many can you spot?"


BMC alum and 2020 student Jiajun (David) Lai shares his performance of Chopin's Ballade No. 4, Op. 52 for solo piano. This notably expressive piece is set here to images in nature that reflect the work's beauty and introspection. David is a graduate student of BMC faculty member Michael Chertock at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.


BMC cello faculty member Alistair MacRae participated in a performance of Mozart's Ave Verum Corpus. As Alistair shares: "The video presents the work of students in my chamber music class at the University of Puget Sound School of Music. Three of the cellists were Brevard-bound this summer and two are Brevard alums (Eliott Wells and Sophie Paul). We decided to include the dedication to express the feelings of the class this spring and as a way of giving our performance meaning in our community, in the absence of an in-person public performance."


BMC tuba faculty member Aubrey Foard joins BMC guest concertmaster and Baltimore Symphony concertmaster Jonathan Carney in this powerful at-home performance of the ending of Mahler Symphony No. 3. The BSO was able to rehearse the piece before the in-person concert was cancelled due to COVID-19.


Posted June 11, 2020


Maestro Keith Lockhart leads the Brevard Music Center Orchestra and Festival Chorus in a performance of Mahler Symphony No. 2. Enjoy this special rebroadcast of the 2019 BMC Season Finale performance. This video premiered live on YouTube on Sunday, June 14, 2020. Recorded live on August 4, 2019, at the Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium at the Brevard Music Center in Brevard, NC. Video by Sean Rafferty. Audio by Michael Schweppe and Robert Rydel with assistance from the Brevard Audio Engineering Interns.


BMC guest concertmaster Charles Mutter shares a performance of Morgen! (Tomorrow!) by Richard Strauss with Ilona Domnich, soprano, and Anthony Legge, piano. The text is by John Henry Mackay, translated by Richard Stokes.

And tomorrow the sun will shine again
And on the path that I shall take,
It will unite us, happy ones, again,
Amid this same sun-breathing earth...
And to the shore, broad, blue-waved,
We shall quietly and slowly descend,
Speechless we shall gaze into each other’s eyes,
And the speechless silence of bliss shall fall on us.


2020 BMC student Joey Rivero was set to attend this year’s Jazz Institute. Here, he shares a cover of “So Is The Day” by Bria Skonberg. Joey is from Gahanna, Ohio, and will be starting ninth grade in the fall.


BMC 2020 faculty member Benjamin Adler recently participated in an at-home performance by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, where Adler serves as Assistant Principal Clarinet. Here, the MSO performs Elgar's "Nimrod,” Variation IX from the Enigma Variations, Op. 36.


Posted June 4, 2020


Members of the 2020 Janiec Opera Company perform a special version of the "Humming Chorus" from Puccini's opera Madama Butterfly. This wistful, wordless melody is sung by an off-stage chorus at the end of Act II, as Butterfly waits for her husband's ship to dock. Photo by Bobby Bradley, from the 2018 BMC production.


BMC 2020 guest artist Hanzhi Wang was set to perform at Brevard for the first time this summer. Since she can't be here in person, enjoy this performance of the Spinning Song by Mendelssohn, transcribed for solo accordion by Hanzhi.


BMC alum and 2020 composition student Andrew Kosinski shares a new piece entitled "lockdown" for solo piano. Andrew recently graduated from the Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts with a Bachelor of Music in Composition and Trumpet Performance.


BMC flute faculty members Amy Porter and Dilshad Posnock join guest conductor JoAnn Falletta in a project created by the National Flute Association. Composed and arranged by Amanda Harberg, the goal of the project was to uplift and bring friends and colleagues together through the creation and performance of music during the difficult period of isolation caused by Covid-19.


Posted May 28, 2020


BMC favorite Johannes Moser shares a personal tribute to cellist Lynn Harrell, who passed away in April 2020. Featured soloist collaborators are Yo-Yo Ma, Gautier Capuçon, Amanda Forsyth, Zlatomir Fung, Alban Gerhardt, Mischa Maisky, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Johannes Moser, Daniel Müller-Schott, Christian Poltéra, Jan Vogler, and Alisa Weilerstein.


BMC tuba faculty member Aubrey Foard performs a transcription of Bach's Prelude to Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor. Aubrey shares, "I made this video commemorating Maryland's Health Care Heroes Day, May 2nd, 2020. Recorded live from home. Words cannot express our gratitude to the health industry for limiting the spread of COVID-19 and for caring for those who are sick, but I hope that this music will."


BMC student alum Sarah Hamrin performs both the viola and piano parts in the second movement of Franck's Sonata in A minor. Sarah created this unique recording project on May 20, 2020, at Baylor University, where she just graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree.


2020 BMC student David Holtgrewe shares an arrangement of a Super Mario Galaxy video game theme he created for horn octet. The tune is from the "Gusty Garden Galaxy," and is performed by David and fellow students in his teacher's private studio. David just completed his first year at the University of Houston.


Posted May 21, 2020


BMC favorite Gil Shaham shares a special at-home performance of the first movement of the Bach Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV 1043. Adele Anthony performs the violin 1 solo, Shaham performs the violin 2 solo, and colleagues Colin Jacobsen (violin, viola) and Eric Jacobsen (cello) supply the orchestral accompaniment.


BMC piano faculty member Michael Chertock was recently featured in a socially-distanced chamber music concert, hosted by the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra at Cincinnati Music Hall's Springer Auditorium. Stefani Matsuo, violin, Christian Colberg, viola, Ilya Finkelshteyn, cello, and Michael Chertock, piano, perform the Mahler Piano Quartet in A minor.


BMC viola faculty member Juliet White-Smith discusses at-home life without gigs and a summer at Brevard, as well as new hobbies including meditation, self-care and growing microgreens.


BMC 2020 student services staff member and alum Steven Chen explores what it is like to create chamber music from afar. Here, Chen performs the third movement of Rachmaninoff's Cello Sonata with pianist Minji Lee.


Posted May 14, 2020


BMC 2020 guest concertmaster Madeline Adkins, Concertmaster of the Utah Symphony, shares an excerpt from String Quartet No. 2 by Florence Price. Her colleagues are the principal musicians of the Utah Symphony and, together with Madeline, form the Fremont String Quartet: Claude Halter, violin, Brant Bayless, viola, and Matt Johnson, cello.


BMC 2020 trombone student Micah Kroeker performs all seven parts in a trombone choir arrangement of Coldplay's When I Need a Friend. Micah just finished his sophomore year at McGill University.


BMC piano faculty member Jihye Chang shares a clip of Dungeon Discothéque by John Boracci. This work was written for Jihye's virtual residency for the composition department at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.


2020 BMC horn faculty member Thomas Jöstlein demonstrates Wagner's infamous Siegfried horn call. Jöstlein has been the Associate Principal Horn of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra since 2010.


Posted May 7, 2020


BMC 2020 guest concertmaster Yuan-Qing Yu, Assistant Concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony, shares this video of her and her colleague performing from home. Yuan-Qing and cellist Ken Olson are part of the Civitas Ensemble, and here perform the Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia.


BMC horn faculty member Hazel Dean Davis discusses getting back to the basics while staying at home. This includes horn technique, stamina, and how to stay mentally and physically engaged in practicing when there is no upcoming concert or performance goal.


BMC 2020 piano student Kirsten Stuber performs Chopin's Impromptu No. 1 in A-flat major, Op. 29. Kirsten is a ninth-grader from Minneapolis, Minnesota.


BMC flute faculty member Amy Porter answers questions from flute players around the world who write in to ask her advice. In this clip, Amy addresses what to do when you are having a "bad tone day."


BMC composition faculty member Greg Simon shares a recent performance of his piece Snake Oil for percussion ensemble. Performed by the University of Nebraska Percussion Ensemble, Dr. Dave Hall, director.