I’m a thinker, a teacher, and an artist. Always learning, always expanding what I do. Always trying to help.

I can help you understand classical music’s future. Find out what I think. Let me help you adapt.

I write music that’s probing and varied, unique and appealing. Hear what I’ve done.

My latest news:

I’ve started teaching my fall semester graduate course at Juilliard, called How To Speak and Write About Music.

Striking to think I’ve been at Juilliard for 25 years. Longer than I’ve ever lived at any address! Call it an island of stability, though I’ve been married to Anne almost that long.

In my fall course, my students learn to go into themselves, and say what music means to them. And they work on speaking and writing that can help their careers — bios, program notes, presentations to their audience on pieces they play, even their elevator pitch.

I never get tired of helping them.

Though this fall I also have another concern — what looks like an existential crisis in classical music. The audience, getting smaller over time, has gotten much smaller, if I believe what I’m hearing. And seeing! Like a photo of a Welsh National Opera performance with a nearly empty hall. You can read about that here.

After the Covid hiatus, performances returned. But the audience didn’t, not in anywhere near the size it was previously.

Does it ever come back? John Adams tweeted a photo of a nearly empty hall in San Francisco. Adding that orchestra managers tell him they think the time frame for audience return is four to five years.

I’d say that they’re guessing. And that they have no way of knowing if the audience — which, remember, grows older every year — will ever return.

What happens if it doesn’t?