Vaughn Ormseth

Manager, Community Impact, Classical MPR
Minnesota Public Radio
vormseth@mpr.org

Vaughn Ormseth Feature Archive

Class Notes: Mexican Music
In the Class Notes video Mexican Music: Celebration, Rhythm, and History we meet Mexican composer Julio Morales, who gives us a taste of the music from the Mexican states of Tamaulipas, where he was born in Tampico, and Veracruz, where he currently lives. (05/28/2015)
Roderick George
Sociologists speak of class envy, while Freudians speak of penis envy - but in the choral world (and is what is the choral world, after all, but a trembling microcosm of the world itself?) it's tenor envy that seethes just below the surface, erupting now and then in sometimes cruel, other times amusing ways. (05/23/2015)
Lessons Bob
The Class Notes video "Give & Take: How to Respond to Feedback" uses humor and contrast to show what feedback looks like and how it helps musicians perform their best. (05/07/2015)
In the Class Notes video "How Do Composers Compose?" we are given a glimpse into the creative process with composer Jake Runestad, who answers a range of questions from "What do composers do?" to "Where do you like to compose?" (04/28/2015)
In the Class Notes video "Major and Minor: What's the Difference?" Jack the Lumberjack and Oliver, his tiny feathered friend, help us understand these ideas and how they can create a particular mood, atmosphere, or intensity in a piece of music. (04/13/2015)
Composer Kevin Puts's ties to Minnesota continue to grow. This weekend, his Minnesota Opera commission -- The Manchurian Candidate -- premieres in St. Paul. Puts recently spoke with Classical MPR's Emily Reese. (03/04/2015)
In the Class Notes video "The Musical Round: A Roundabout Tale," we learn how rounds work, and how in turn they welcome us to engage in harmony and polyphony. (03/03/2015)
In the Class Notes video "Choosing the Right Instrument for You: The Woodwinds Family," the eccentric, outdated computer named TOMMIS provides an overview of woodwind instruments. (02/10/2015)
In the Class Notes video "Choosing the Right Instrument for You: The Brass Family," the eccentric, outdated computer named TOMMIS provides an overview of the trumpet, French horn, trombone, and tuba. (01/20/2015)
In the Class Notes video "Choosing the Right Instrument for You: The Percussion Family," the eccentric, outdated computer named TOMMIS provides an overview of pitched and unpitched percussion instruments. (12/18/2014)
In the Class Notes video "Choosing the Right Instrument for You: The Strings Family," we are introduced to an eccentric, outdated computer named Tommis, who provides an overview of the violin, viola, cello, double bass, and the harp. (11/25/2014)
In our latest Class Notes video, we follow the travels of Antonin Dvorak from Europe to New York City and the American Midwest, arriving at last at Minnehaha Falls. (11/04/2014)
This Class Notes video is a short, vibrant tour of several of the connections between art and music. (09/26/2014)
In this Class Notes video, we get an overview of what's in a score: clefs, notes, signatures, instrumentation, and other elements that musicians refer to when they perform. (09/25/2014)
The Class Notes video What To Do at a Concert is designed to help teachers clarify some of the expectations for classical audiences. It uses humor to get at the heart of why classical music calls for a more expansive share of our attention than other kids of performance do, and why it's worth doing so. (09/24/2014)