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Tonal Diversions with Lori Archer Sutherland

Music and life, intertwined

Dec 15, 2021

I took a big leap! Find out what I did—and what I’ll be doing next with my music. Covering topics from my early and lifelong love of music to my upcoming adventure at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic.

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Dec 1, 2021

Here are some things I've learned about the composing process and how it applies to me. Topics include: what I didn't learn in college, inspiration, bad first drafts, how composers write, and how I'm working to make the process better for myself.

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Nov 17, 2021

Learn tips and tricks of writing for the clarinet, specifically for non-pro (beginner, intermediate, and adult amateur) players. Discussion points include key signatures, the break, large leaps, and trills and tremolos.


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Nov 3, 2021

Today's topic is writing for beginner/intermediate/non-pro musicians. I'll discuss what influenced me to focus on this group:  my experiences in high school district band (and two conductors in particular); a student and her friend who wanted to play a duet for solo and ensemble contest; and how writing for beginners...

Oct 5, 2021

Introducing "Tonal Diversions: Music and Life, Intertwined." In this trailer episode, I introduce myself and the podcast.