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John Scherch

About John

The newest announcer and WBJC's evening and Listener's Choice host, a former heavy metal program director and erstwhile enthusiast, and Peabody graduate in voice and pedagogy, both of which he still practices. Full bio here.

Apr. 01 2019

First Impression: New Music is Not a Joke

By John Scherch | Posted in First Impression, Host Blogs, New Music | No Comments

I’m more going for the trite, groan-inducing April Fools’ Day joke than accusing anyone of calling new music a joke, but just in case anyone had any doubt! Merle Hazard poked good fun at atonal music, and who knows, maybe people were introduced to it by that song. I will say, though (and straighten my […]

Mar. 21 2019

Interview: Brian Bartoldus, Handel Choir

By John Scherch | Posted in Interviews | No Comments

I had a talk with Brian Bartoldus, Artistic Director and Conductor of Handel Choir of Baltimore (full disclosure: also my conductor) about the concert on March 10th, celebrating English poetry and named for a work describing the birth of the universe through an organ’s pipes.

Mar. 01 2019

First Impression: You Hear About These On the Radio

By John Scherch | Posted in First Impression, Host Blogs, New Music | No Comments

Many of the ensembles I write about on this series are also underwriters of WBJC, which means you get to hear about their performances on our air. You’ll be hearing about a decent few of them this month; in fact, if you get to read this on its publishing day, the first of March, you’ll […]

Feb. 01 2019

First Impression: Local Entities in Bold

By John Scherch | Posted in First Impression, Host Blogs, New Music | 1 Comment

Happy February, everyone! As the updates from last month proved, we are always learning about new happenings in new music, and I’m sure I didn’t catch everything. I shall be trying my best to keep this convenient location on the internet for Baltimore-related new music as up to date as possible! You may have noticed […]

Jan. 24 2019

A Classical Layman’s First Impression

By John Scherch | Posted in First Impression, Host Blogs, New Music | No Comments

If you’ve followed my writings about new music, or at least since September, you may remember me mentioning a friend of mine who was going to listen to some new music that I recommended (which I’ve since deleted the references to, as my first plans to do this fell through and the article was going […]

Jan. 03 2019

First Impression: A New Thing on New Music

By John Scherch | Posted in First Impression, Host Blogs, New Music | 3 Comments

Hello everyone! You may have missed my online presence or perhaps expected to see a December Student Composer of the Month. Moving forward, I don’t plan on making my online presence as dedicated to such a specific element of new music, and instead, I have a new… well, it’s not necessarily a blog, as my […]

Nov. 12 2018

Student Composer of the Month – November 2018: Frances Pollock

Welcome to Student Composer of the Month, where we talk with a composer each month that is currently studying or has recently studied in the greater Baltimore area. This month’s composer is Frances Pollock, a graduate in theory and composition from Furman University and in voice from Peabody Conservatory, now studying composition at Yale University. […]

Oct. 11 2018

Student Composer of the Month – October 2018: Quinn Dizon

Welcome to Student Composer of the Month, where we talk with a composer each month that is currently studying or has recently studied in the greater Baltimore area. This month’s composer is Quinn Dizon, our first composer not associated with Peabody Conservatory. He has been commissioned by various soloists and large ensembles to write works […]

Sep. 13 2018

Educated and Not-So-Educated Perspectives on New Music

By John Scherch | Posted in Host Blogs, New Music | 5 Comments

At least one of you has noticed that, contrary to my “mission statement” I posted when I first started working here, I haven’t gotten around to playing a lot of new music on the radio. That’s largely because I remembered that radio is a medium on which you can’t skip past what you don’t like, and […]

Sep. 12 2018

Student Composer of the Month – September 2018: Daniel Sabzghabaei

Welcome to Student Composer of the Month, where we talk with a composer each month that is currently studying or has recently studied in the greater Baltimore area. This month’s composer is Daniel Sabzghabaei, who finished his Master’s at Peabody in 2017 and is currently pursuing his Ph. D. at Cornell University. In this edition, […]

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