Organizations that I’m currently writing for:
Arkansas Symphony Orchestra (USA)
Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (Alberta, Canada)
Manitoba Chamber Orchestra (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)
Mobile Symphony (Alabama, USA)
Okanagan Symphony Orchestra (Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada)
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (New York, USA)
Symphony Nova Scotia (Halifax, Canada)

Texarkana Symphony Orchestra (Arkansas, USA)

Toronto Summer Music (Ontario, Canada) Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (British Columbia, Canada)

Other organizations that I’ve written for:

Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra (Texas, USA)
Columbus Symphony (Ohio, USA)
Corporation of Roy Thomson Hall and Massey Hall (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (Alberta, Canada)
Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra (California, USA)
Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra (Ontario, Canada)
Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (Ontario, Canada)
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (New York, New York, USA)
Livent, Inc. (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Modesto Symphony Orchestra (California, USA)
Philharmonic Orchestra of New Jersey (USA)
Phoenix Symphony (Arizona, USA)
Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
The Schubert Club (Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA)
Symphony Silicone Valley (San José, California, USA)
Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Ontario, Canada)
Vermont Symphony Orchestra (USA)
Via Salzburg (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (Manitoba, Canada)


I’ve been teaching courses in music appreciation regularly since 2003. These are the ones that have taken place at the Manitoba Conservatory of Music & Arts.

Orchestral Music and Great Composers
Beethoven’s World
Instruments of the Orchestra
Triumphs and Tears: Russian Music from Glinka to Shostakovich
Amadeus: A Mozart Celebration
Shostakovich Centenary Seminar
Gems of Chamber Music
Global Festival of Music
Mahler’s World
William Walton Seminar
Rachmaninoff Revealed
Great Canadian Musicians
60 Years of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
Grieg and Sibelius
Opera 101
Best of Friends: Brahms and Dvořák
Great Conductors
Visions of Music: The Films of Tony Palmer (with special guest, Tony Palmer)
The Passions of Puccini
Nine Odes to Joy: The Beethoven Symphonies
The Heart of Tchaikovsky
A Mendelssohn Celebration
C’est Magnifique: French Opera from Rameau to Ravel
Baroque Masterpieces
Respighi: Rome and Beyond
Tony Introduces Palmer (with special guest, Tony Palmer)
Legendary Musicians
The Golden Ages of Chamber Orchestras
Inspired by Shakespeare
Great Conductors II
Glenn Gould, Genius
Legendary Musicians II
Choral Classics
Mozart and Haydn
The ABCs of Classical Music
Six Masterpieces That Changed Music
Inside the String Quartet
Great Violinists, Great Concertos

I’ve been teaching for the University of Winnipeg’s Division of Professional, Applied and Continuing Education since 2006.

Courses given:

Great Composers
Mozart and Beethoven
Triumphs and Tears: Russian Music from Glinka to Shostakovich
Chamber Music Classics
Opera 101
Beethoven and Brahms Symphonies
Keyboards Galore
Great Symphonies
Legendary Musicians


I’ve been teaching courses in film studies and music at McNally Robinson Booksellers since 2012.

Courses and events given:

Music Makes the Movie: Bernard Herrmann’s Score for Hitchcock’s Vertigo
Hitchcock Classics
Billy Wilder Classics
Unsung Masterworks: Five Films of Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Mystery Classics of the Silver Screen
Starring Audrey Hepburn
A Taste of Venice
Music of the First World War
Comedy Classics of the 1930s & `40s
Ghost Stories for Grownups
Love, Dance and Magic: Five Films of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
Oscar’s Best Pictures: 1982
Starring James Stewart
Best of Friends: Brahms and Dvořák
A Taste of Vienna
Music of the Second World War
Paths of Glory
Exceptional Dramas
O Brothers, Where Art Thou? Six Films of Joel and Ethan Coen
Italian Feast
Great Books – Great Movies
A Taste of Paris
Dueling Divas: Bette Davis v. Joan Crawford
Grand Adventures
Smart Thrillers: Five Films of John Frankenheimer
Starring Jack Lemmon
Fred Zinnemann Classics
Great Books – Great Movies 2
Oscar’s Favourite Actresses
Chopin & Rubinstein
Between Two Worlds: The Life and Music of Erich Wolfgang Korngold
British Film Classics
Composer Buddies
Serious Fun: Comedies with Heart
Come Fly with Me – A Sinatra Celebration
Order in the Court! Classic Legal Thrillers

I recommend:

Tony Palmer is the world’s leading director of music documentaries, classical and popular alike. You can check out the full extent of his extraordinary talent at his wonderful website:
A book about him is now available. You can order your copy of All My Loving? The Films of Tony Palmer, by John Tibbetts, and many of Tony’s outstanding films on DVD at

I’m a big fan of Rainer Hersch, the brilliantly inventive British classical music comedian.

My favourite internet source for purchasing classical music on CD is They stock everything that’s available in North America, plus thousands of recordings that are available exclusively from this company.

My favourite conductors, in alphabetical order: Sir Thomas Beecham, Leonard Bernstein, Riccardo Chailly, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons, Neeme Järvi, Herbert von Karajan, Carlos Kleiber, and Sir Charles Mackerras.