Community Musician: the NCMC podcast
Interview with Anne Werry about Chamber Music

Interview with Anne Werry about Chamber Music

September 27, 2021

In this interview, long-time NCMC cello teacher Anne Werry talks about chamber music, its importance in learning musicianship and enjoying playing music, and her role in managing NCMC's chamber program over the last five years.  And you'll hear her lovely rendition of the beginning of Bach's most famous cello suite.

Interview with Evelyn Harris

Interview with Evelyn Harris

August 18, 2021

In this interview, NCMC Ku'umba Women's Choir founder Evelyn Harris talks about her career as a singer, leading the choir, her work with "Sweet Honey in the Rock", and how she picks the songs she sings.  As a special treat, you'll get to her sing on the intro and at the end of the interview.

Interview with Iron Horse founder Jordi Herold

Interview with Iron Horse founder Jordi Herold

July 5, 2021

In this interview Joe Blumenthal talks with Jordi Herold, who founded Northampton's iconic Iron Horse Music Hall in 1979 about the early days of the club, and how it happened to evolve from a personal dream about a perfect place to hang out in a center of cultural life to the center of Northampton's dynamic music scene.

Interview with violin expert Matt Stamell

Interview with violin expert Matt Stamell

May 30, 2021

In this interview Matt Stamell, owner of Stamell Stringed Instruments in Amherst. talks in depth about the violin and unravels some of its mysteries.  You'll learn a lot about what separates good violins from mediocre ones, how they're designed, the nature of their strings, the importance of the bow, some violin history, and what to look for if you're interested in buying one.

Interview with bassist Lynn Lovell

Interview with bassist Lynn Lovell

May 18, 2021

Long-time NCMC bass instructor Lynn Lovell talks about her career in music: how she got started, students good and bad, playing at Carnegie Hall and a Presidential inauguration, and the constant juggling act that is the life of a working musician.

Interview with George Owens about NCMC’s Alzheimer’s Project

Interview with George Owens about NCMC’s Alzheimer’s Project

May 3, 2021

In this episode, George Owens describes an innovative project in which musicians go into nursing homes and play for Alzheimers patients.  He talks about the creation of the program by director Jason Trotta and pianist Beverly Pickering, how it has evolved over time, what the sessions are like, and how it benefits the patients.

Interview with Joe Belmont, leader of NCMC Jazz programs

Interview with Joe Belmont, leader of NCMC Jazz programs

April 18, 2021

Joe Belmont has been leading NCMC's jazz ensembles for youth and adults for twenty years.  In this interview he talks with Joe Blumenthal about jazz, improvisation, and the jazz program at the Music Center.

Meg Kelsey-Wright and the Piano Connection

Meg Kelsey-Wright and the Piano Connection

April 4, 2021

For this session Joe Blumenthal interviews long-time NCMC piano teacher Meg Kelsey-Wright.  The interview features an in-depth discussion of the innovative "Piano Connection" program she founded at the Music Center.

Interview with Bill Feinstein, NCMC founder

Interview with Bill Feinstein, NCMC founder

March 21, 2021

In this episode, board member Joe Blumenthal reminisces with founder Bill Feinstein about the earliest days of the Northampton Community Music Center; how it came into being and how it moved from its first instruction in his living room to bringing it to its current home on South St. 

Interview with Emily Greene, Suzuki violin teacher

Interview with Emily Greene, Suzuki violin teacher

March 7, 2021

Violin teacher Emily Greene talks about the Suzuki method of learning music and the advantage, particularly for young children, of thinking of music as another language.  She also talks about Dr. Suzuki's book "Nurtured by Love" and his mission of making the world a better place through music.  In addition, she discusses how she and the Music Center have adapted to the pandemic.

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