Dial-A-Musician
In 2005, I began an on-going collaboration with Classical Public Radio Network as the host of Dial-A-Musician, a feature I created for CPRN's morning drive-time programming. This segment was conceived both to further music education and to broaden the listeners' connection to classical music and musicians.

During each feature, I direct a listener question to an expert, drawing on personal and professional relationships — literally 'dialing' my guest up for his or her insights. Following the feature, the network graciously assists me in programming relevant music. My hope is that listeners' experience of the music is always enhanced by the preceding interview.

I've been lucky to have as my guests friends and colleagues such as pianists Emanuel Ax and Yefim Bronfman, musicologist Elaine Sisman, composer John Adams, Emerson Quartet violinist Philip Setzer and cellist David Finckel, superstar soprano Natalie Dessay and, of course, my husband, St. Louis Symphony Music Director David Robertson, and brother, violinist Gil Shaham, among over forty others. Dial-A-Musician runs on numerous local stations and podcasts of new Dial-A-Musician segments are available monthly via many of those stations' websites.

It seemed to me a good idea to add some personal comments on each guest's page. That is, until I realized how much time was involved! Pianists have a lot of notes to learn, so I've only managed a few comments so far. I promise to add more as I get them written.

GuestProgram TopicSubjectNotes
Wu HanWhy Don't We Get All of Our Recordings from Major Labels? -- 
Richard WoodhamsWhy Does the Oboe Give the Tuning Note? -- 
Nancy AllenWhy Does the Harp Have So Many Pedals? --Notes about guest
Lawrence KirkegaardWhy do I sound so good singing in the shower?  
Yefim BronfmanWhy Do Different Players Not Sound Alike on the Same Piano? -- 
Judy LeClairWhy are bassoon players obsessed with reeds?  
Jeremy GeffenWho Programs Symphony Concerts? -- 
Phillip SetzerWho Leads a String Quartet -- 
JoAnne FallettaWhere Do the Musicians in My Local Orchestra Come From? -- 
David AmadoWhat's in that big book that the conductor has?  
Eric KimWhat is the role of the principal player in a section of the orchestra?  
Jonathan HaasWhat is That Timpani Player Doing with His Hands on the Drum? -- 
Geraldine WaltherWhat is Life Like When You Play in an Orchestra or a String Quartet? -- 
David FinckelWhat is it Like to Travel as a Musician? -- 
Bruce AdolpheWhat Is a Key? Why Does a Composer Pick a Specific Key? --Notes about guest
Elaine SismanWhat Does a Musicologist Do? --Notes about guest
Anton NelWhat Do the Pedals on the Piano Do? -- 
Joan BalterWhat are the different parts of the violin?  
Brinton SmithVery Expensive String Instruments -- 
Sheryl StaplesThe Role of The Concertmaster -- 
Emanuel AxThe Process Behind Commissions -- 
David HalenTell Us About the Culture of an Orchestra -- 
Christine BrewerSingers and Stage Presence --Notes about guest
Bill CaballeroQuirks of the French Horn -- 
David RutherfordPronunciation questions  
Ingo HoffmanPiano Tuner Secrets -- 
Steven DibnerIs the bassoon Really the "Clown of the Orchestra"? -- 
Jonathan FeldmanIs "Accompanist" An Insult? -- 
Earl BlackburnHow Much Do Professional Musicians Earn? -- 
Barry JekowskyHow does someone become a conductor?  
Colin CurrieHow Does a Percussionist Learn So Many Instruments? -- 
Orli ShahamHow Do You Memorize? -- 
Bruce AdolpheHow do you hear the difference between major and minor?  
Dick WallerHow Do You Get Kids Interested in Classical Music? -- 
Liang WangHow do wind players play for so long without taking a breath?  
John KennyHow do trombone players know where to put their arms to get the right note?  
John KennyHow Do Travel Restrictions Impact Musicians? -- 
Natalie DessayHow Do Singers Recover From Voice Problems? -- 
Eric OwensHow do opera singers learn a new role?  
Alan ReinhardtHow do countertenors sing the way that they do?  
Michael SachsHow do brass players make so many sounds with their lips?  
David RobertsonHow Are Orchestras Reinventing Themselves? -- 
Ron ConersFollowup on Pianos and Humidity -- 
Erik HarrisDon't All Double Bases Look Alike? -- 
Jeffrey KahaneDoes a Conductor Usually Play an Instrument, Too? -- 
Paul KantorDo string sections bow together for looks or sound?  
Joaquin ValdepenasDifferent Clarinets? -- 
Paul JacobsDid someone really play all of Bach's organ music in an 18 hour concert?  
Gene PokornyCounting Long Brass Rests -- 
John AdamsComposing and Instrument Knowledge --Notes about guest
Gil ShahamBroken Strings in Performance -- 
David RobertsonApplause Between Movements -- 
Alex KerrAmerican vs. European Orchestra Sound -- 
Michael StraussAll About the Viola -- 
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