Vaughn Ormseth

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

Vaughn Ormseth Feature Archive

major minor
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
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)
Roundabout
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In the Class Notes video "Choosing the Right Instrument for You: The Woodwinds Family," the eccentric, outdated computer named TOMMIS provides an overview of woodwind instruments.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In the Class Notes video "Choosing the Right Instrument for You: The Brass Family," the eccentric, outdated computer named TOMMIS provides an overview of the trumpet, French horn, trombone, and tuba.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In the Class Notes video "Choosing the Right Instrument for You: The Percussion Family," the eccentric, outdated computer named TOMMIS provides an overview of pitched and unpitched percussion instruments.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the Class Notes video "Choosing the Right Instrument for You: The Strings Family," we are introduced to an eccentric, outdated computer named Tommis, who provides an overview of the violin, viola, cello, double bass, and the harp.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)
This Class Notes video answers the question "What Does a Conductor Do?" The vibrant American conductor Sarah Hicks interacts directly with the young students in the video to spark their interest in the conductor's art and give them a taste of the great music it expresses. (09/23/2014)
The Class Notes video What's in a Title? offers teachers a fun way to dispel some of the confusion classical titles can cause. (09/22/2014)
This Class Notes video, Freeing Music: Improvisation, is designed to help teachers introduce students the kind of improvisation and ornamentation typical of Baroque music. (09/19/2014)
Singing is a natural act, and using a few basic practices from this new video from Classical MPR, we can establish the foundation for a lifetime of the joy and richness it brings ourselves and others. (09/17/2014)