Here are the candidates for the MCANA Board Elections. Ballots will be mailed out at the end of July, with a return deadline of August 20th. The winners will be announced at the MCANA 2021 Annual Meeting, tentatively scheduled for September 10 – 12. Meeting details are still being worked out. Updates will appear on the "Latest Updates" page on this MCANA website. http://mcana.org/latestupdates.html
JAMES BASH -
James Bash freelances for The Oregonian and The Columbian newspapers in addition to Classical Voice North America. He has published articles in Early Music America, Opera America, Opera, MUSO, American Record Guide, Symphony, Opera Canada, the San Francisco Chronicle, and many other publications. James has also written for the Oregon Arts Commission and contributed to the 2nd edition of the Grove Dictionary of American Music. He was a fellow to the 2008 NEA Journalism Institute for Classical Music and Opera. He has been an MCANA member since 2004 and attempts to balance his arts writing with his day job as a Sr. Technical Writer. He lives in Portland, Oregon, and posts irregularly to his blog Northwest Reverb. He is the co-chair of the Education committee, and is a member of the Outreach committee and the Site committee. Pre-COVID, he served on the board of MCANA as treasurer and did not abscond with the moolah for a wild and crazy concert-going tour of Europe.
NANCY MALITZ -
Nancy Malitz's piano training was at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, and for a summer under Adele Marcus at Aspen. Nancy started writing free-lance classical reviews for the Chicago Sun-Times while still a grad student in musicology at the University of Chicago. Her first full-time music critic position was at the Cincinnati Enquirer. Several years into that job, she was sent to Europe as a cultural correspondent for the newspaper syndicate that acquired the Cincinnati paper. When that syndicate was in turn purchased by Gannett, she went to D.C. as music critic and feature writer with Gannett's start-up team at USA Today. She later took a full-time classical music critic job at The Detroit News, at that time family-owned. But that newspaper, too, would be purchased by Gannett, and she was eventually moved into senior management to launch The Detroit News Online. Nancy was also part of the start-up team at Classical Voice North America. She and her husband, Lawrence B. Johnson, now freelance from Chicago.
ARTHUR KAPTAINIS -
Arthur Kaptainis is co-editor of La Scena Musicale, a bilingual magazine based in Montreal. He is the former music critic of the Montreal Gazette and still writes occasionally for this publication. His criticism has appeared in the National Post (2010-2016) and on the websites Ludwig van Montréal and Ludwig van Toronto (2016-2019). He writes for the Chautauquan Daily, Classical Voice North America, Gramophone and Opera (U.K.) and serves on the MCANA Awards Committee. Arthur’s radio broadcast work on the CBC (in the glory days of that network) included appearances a record reviewer, concert analyst and guest host of Quebec in Concert. He divides his time between Montreal and Toronto and travels frequently to the United States and across the Atlantic to pursue musical missions. Arthur holds an MA in musicology from the University of Toronto and has given presentations at academic conferences on figures as diverse as Arnold Schoenberg, Carl Goldmark, Arthur Rubinstein and Marc-André Hamelin. He believes that critics and scholars should work as allies in fostering public awareness of concert music and opera. Arthur believes in observing exposition repeats and takes the Tory side of the clapping-between-movements debate.
DONALD ROSENBERG –
Donald Rosenberg is editor of EMAg, the magazine of Early Music America, national editor of Classical Voice North America, and author of The Cleveland Orchestra: “Second to None.” He served as music critic of The Plain Dealer (Cleveland), The Pittsburgh Press, and the Akron Beacon Journal, and four terms as president of the Music Critics Association of North America. His reviews and articles have appeared in Gramophone, Symphony,Opera (London), Opera News, Listen Magazine, and other publications. He has taught music criticism at OberlinCollege and courses for CaseWestern ReserveUniversity’s Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program. He is a graduate of the Mannes College of Music and the Yale School of Music, where he majored in French horn performance. As a hornist, he participated in the Aspen and Marlboro music festivals, and played under such conductors as Pablo Casals, William Steinberg, Herbert Blomstedt, Robert Shaw, Gunther Schuller, Aaron Copland, Pierre Boulez, Sir Georg Solti, Leon Barzin, and John Nelson.
SUSAN ELLIOTT –
Susan Elliott has been editor of MusicalAmerica.com since its launch in 1999, the award-winning website covering the performing arts with an emphasis on classical music. She is also the editor of Musical America Special Reports, the new bimonthly webzine focusing on areas ranging from new technology to competitions to emerging arts organizations and their leaders. A member of MCANA for as long as she can remember, Elliott has written articles for BBC Music, The Washington Post, Opera News, the late, great Audio and others. Based for a time in Atlanta, she served as an arts critic for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, covering dance, theater, and classical music. Previously she was chief classical music critic for The New York Post. A composer by training, Elliott has had several Off-Broadway musicals produced, is an historical-recordings producer, and served on the Grammy awards classical screening committee. In her spare time she sings in several small choruses. Susan currently serves as the MCANA Treasurer.
MICHAEL HUEBNER -
Long-time MCANA member Michael Huebner has written about the arts for three daily newspapers and various other print and online publications, including Classical Voice North America. A specialist in classical music journalism, his nearly 40-year career has also spanned dance, visual arts, travel and world cultures. He wrote freelance criticism and feature stories for the Kansas City Star and Austin American-Statesman for two decades before becoming a staff critic and arts journalist at the Birmingham News and AL.com in 2001. Academic studies include bachelors and masters degrees in music composition from the University of Kansas. Ethnomusicology studies at the University of Texas led to fieldwork and research in Native American and South Asian music. A participant in the 2018 US-Canada-Japan Encounters in Music, an MCANA collaboration with Music From Japan, he wrote two stories about cultural recovery efforts in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in eastern Japan. An avid hiker, he organized Himalayan treks in Nepal, India and Bhutan, arranging for travel and hotel accommodations as well as trekking guides, porters and animals.
ALLEN, ANGELA. –
As secretary of MCANA since 2019, Angela Allen has dealt with the challenges of COVID while working with the board (and diligently taking minutes!) to keep our organization vibrant.. So she is running again. A former daily newspaper reporter, reviewer and columnist for 25 years, she received a National Endowment for the Arts-Columbia University School of Journalism Fellowship to study music with fellow journalists in 2005, and since then has worked as a freelancer in Portland, Ore. She writes about the arts, focusing on music including symphonic, jazz, opera, chamber and contemporary. As a five-year MCANA member, she attended the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the New World Symphony in 2018, the 2018 SHIFT music festival in Washington, D.C., the 2019 Tanglewood conference, and the virtual Zoom conference in 2020. Classical Voice North America, Artslandia and the Oregonian have published her work, but her primary outlet is Oregon ArtsWatch, an online arts magazine based in Portland. A published poet and photographer, she has an MA in Journalism (University of Oregon, 1984) and an MFA in in Poetry (Rainier Writing Workshop at PacificLutheranUniversity, 2014). Her web site is angelaallenwrites.com.
JANELLE GELFAND -
Janelle Gelfand, who is running for secretary, joined MCANA in 1991, the year that she began writing classical music reviews for the Cincinnati Enquirer. A journalist who has written for classical music publications for more than 35 years, she has participated on multiple MCANA panel discussions at annual meetings. Janelle was the classical music critic and arts writer for the Cincinnati Enquirer for 26 years, covering all aspects of the performing arts in Cincinnati, which includes a major symphony orchestra, an opera company, a prominent choral festival, chamber orchestra, conservatory of music and a vibrant chamber music scene. In 2017, she became the lead arts writer for the Cincinnati Business Courier, where her criticism is underwritten by the Rubin Institute for Music Criticism, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation. Her journalism awards include Best Critic in Ohio from the Society of Professional Journalists, a “Well Done” award from Gannett and two awards from the Cleveland Press Club for her articles about Cincinnati’s June Festival for Negro Music and “State of the Arts.” As a freelancer, she has contributed to MCANA’s online news site, Classical Voice North America as well as to MusicalAmerica.com. Her articles have appeared in Symphony (the magazine of the League of American Orchestras), Opera News, BBC Music magazine, Early Music America, Contemporary Music Review, Inside Arts, Opera (UK), Opera Canada, Journal of the International Alliance for Women in Music, Chamber Music America and other magazines and news outlets. Janelle is also a pianist and a musicologist, with a specialty area of women in music. Her classical music blog, Janellesnotes, is hosted by WGUC.org.
MEMBERS AT LARGE:
Tim Diovanni is running for an at-large position on the board of MCANA. Since March 2020, he’s worked as a classical music critic and reporter at The Dallas Morning News in a position supported in part by the Rubin Institute for Music Criticism. He previously was a summer intern at The News in 2019. Before joining The News full time, he completed a master’s in musicology at the Technological University Dublin in Ireland and a bachelor’s in music at ColumbiaUniversity. As a freelancer, he has written for Classical Voice North America, Early Music America and The Journal of Music (Ireland). His academic research has been published in the Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland. He joined MCANA in 2017.
CORINNA DA FONSECA-WOLLHEIM –
Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim is a music critic and cultural entrepreneur dedicated to elevating the art of listening. Since 2012 she has contributed hundreds of reviews, features and essays about classical music to the New York Times. Her writings on music have also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Classical Review, Symphony Magazine, the Strad, the Daily, the New York Sun, the Times of Israel and the Jerusalem Post. Her work as a critic has been honored with the 2015 Cremona Mondomusica Communication Award and a 2018 residency at the AmericanAcademy in Rome.
In 2019 she founded Beginner’s Ear, a program of transformative listening experiences centered on meditation and live music. Since then, she has brought music meditations to diverse audiences and spaces, including a yoga loft, a sunken garden, a federal detention center, a dance studio, an independent high school, as well as more traditional music venues.
Born to German parents in Brussels, she obtained degrees from the University of London, Sussex University, and CambridgeUniversity, where she wrote her Ph.D thesis on the Jewish-Venetian poet Sara Copio Sullam. She is a violinist and avid chamber musician and lives in Westchester, New York.
RICHARD GINELL -
Music critic, lecturer and liner note writer Richard S. Ginell is a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Classical Voice, and Musical America.com, He is also currently the West Coast regional editor for Classical Voice North America, and maintains a blog on that website entitled From Out Of The West.
Ginell was chief music critic of the Los Angeles Daily News for 12 years – where his beat included classical music, jazz, and home audio – and was the Los Angelescorrespondent for American Record Guide for 28 years. He wrote over 1,600 reviews, essays and bios for the All-Music Guide, and his work has also appeared in the Gramophone, Chicago Tribune, Montreal Gazette, Emmy magazine, Daily Variety, the Strad, and Performing Arts magazine, among others. He has written 39 sets of liner notes for classical and jazz CDs, and continues to revise and update his discographical essays that were published in "The Essential Listening Companion: Classical Music" (Backbeat Books). He plays acoustic and electric keyboards and recently took up the drums as a pandemic project.
The COVID really did a number upon everyone in the classical music field, including us,” he says. “And now that America is cautiously opening up again, we have to make sure that there remains a place for informed, savvy, interesting music criticism amidst the deluge of armchair reviews and “likes” counts on social media. I hope that I can help out by continuing to serve on the board of the Music Critics Association of North America.
CHUCK LAVAZZI –
Chuck Lavazzi has been the Senior Performing Arts Critic at 88.1 KDHX in St. Louis since 1987, where his thoughts may be heard over the air as well as read on the station’s web site. He covers the classical music scene as well as cabaret, theatre and (occasionally) dance. He has, been writing music and theatre criticism since the late 1960s for both print and electronic media. During that time has also somehow managed to be an actor, sound designer, and, for the last decade, a cabaret singer. He presented his solo show, Just a Song at Twilight: The Golden Age of Vaudeville in St. Louis in 2010 and 2011. In addition to MCANA (which he joined in 2012, and wishes he had done so sooner), Chuck is a member of the St. Louis Theater Circle and is the local correspondent for Cabaret Scenes magazine. His work appears on line at kdhx.org as well as at his personal blog at stageleft- stlouis.blogspot.com. He is a member of the board of West End Players and The Cabaret Project of St. Louis. As an MCANA member he has attended institutes at the 2013 Van Cliburn Competition and the 2016 Glimmerglass Festival. When he and his wife Sherry are not traveling hither and yon (of which they’ve done none for the last 18 months), they make their home in a vaudeville-era house in the historic Soulard neighborhood in St. Louis.
PATRICK D. McCOY –
A native of Petersburg, VA, Patrick holds a BM in Vocal Performance from VirginiaStateUniversity and a MM in Church Music from Shenandoah Conservatory. He distinguishes himself as a choral conductor, singer and organist. As a church musician, he has served as director of music at several churches, including Covenant Presbyterian Church both in Petersburg and Takoma ParkBaptistChurch and Trinity Episcopal Church, both in Washington, DC. Formerly the Performing Arts Columnist for Washington Life Magazine, he currently is a freelance writer, publishing articles for several noted publications, including The Washington Post, Early Music America, Classical Music Voice North America, The Afro-American Newspaper, CBS Washington and Examiner.com. He was recently named to the Board of Directors of the Music Critics Association of North America and holds membership in the National Association of Negro Musicians, Association of Anglican Musicians and is a Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He currently serves as Organist/Choirmaster at Saint John’s Episcopal Church, Zion Parish in Beltsville, MD and Adjunct Professor of Music at VirginiaStateUniversity. Visit http://www.patrickdmccoy.com
KYLE MacMILLAN –
A native of Kansas City, Mo., Kyle MacMillan served as fine arts critic of the Denver Post from 2000 through 2011. Since 2012, he has freelanced in Chicago, writing locally for the Chicago Sun-Times, Ravinia Magazine and Experience CSO and contributing to such national and international publications and websites as the Wall Street Journal, Chamber Music, Early Music America and Classical Voice of North America. MacMillan has served on the MCANA's education committee for several years and oversaw the committee's institute at the Van Cliburn Competition in 2017.
JENNIFER MELLICK –
Jennifer Mellick got her start as a music journalist in 1990, as a copy editor for Musical America magazine, editing feature articles and concert and record reviews. A trained oboist and pianist and amateur singer, from 1991 to 2005 she was on the editorial staff of Opera News, where she continues as a frequent contributing writer. At Opera News, she has covered musical topics ranging from Anton Rubinstein’s Demon and Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk to Berlioz’s Les Troyens and Rossini’s Armida, plus a slew of singer profiles, including Rhiannon Giddens, Sondra Radvanovsky, George Gagnidze, Kathleen Kim, Olga Borodina, Kate Lindsey, Elina Garanca, Roberto Alagna, Lawrence Brownlee, and Anita Rachvelishvili. Since 2007, she has served as managing editor of Symphony magazine, the print and online publication of the League of American Orchestras; she co-produces The Hub, the League’s daily news website. Her Symphony articles have covered concert-ticket pricing, cultural diplomacy, Amazon’s TV series Mozart in the Jungle, the New York Philharmonic’s 2009 trip to Vietnam, and women conductors. As a freelancer she has contributed articles to Playbill, and from 2008 to 2010 was a regular blogger at WNET ’s “Sunday Arts” website, where she covered a broad swath of cultural topics, including essays, opinion columns, and interviews with musicians ranging from Sting to violinist Eugene Drucker of the Emerson Quartet. She attended her first MCANA annual meeting in 2019, at Tanglewood, which took place on the weekend of a ferocious thunderstorm that began just as Andris Nelsons lifted his baton to begin conducting Act III of Wagner’s Die Walküre in the Shed. She once visited Amsterdam as a side trip from Paris in order to hear Berlioz’s Les Troyens, and has twice dragged her children to New York City to hear Janelle Monae perform.
VIVIEN SCHWEITZER -
Vivien Schweitzer is a New York-based critic, journalist and pianist. Her first book, A Mad Love: An Introduction to Opera, was published in 2018 by Basic Books. She was a freelance music critic for the NYT between 2006-2016, contributing 3-5 concert reviews per week, plus features, obits and listings. She continues to contribute to the Times' obituary department. She also writes for CVNA, The Economist, Symphony Magazine, Chamber Music Magazine, and other publications. She joined MCANA in 2004 shortly after moving to NY. Previously, she worked as a general reporter at the Moscow Times in Russia and as an editor at a trade magazine in London. She has reported on music festivals in Istanbul, Moscow, Slovenia and Mexico for the NYT, BBC and Classic FM magazine. An active pianist, she performs regularly at venues including Bargemusic and particularly enjoys collaborating with singers and playing chamber music. She recently discovered the joys of podcasting, and hosts and produces Parlando: Musical Matters with Vivien Schweitzer for CVNA.
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