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By Shaun Rimkunas
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Gabriella Sigona Part 2
In this episode we continue our discussion of video game music with Gabi!
June 28, 2022
Gabriella Sigona
In this first of three episodes, we sit down with Gabi to discuss her new musical selections! 
June 21, 2022
John Williams Emoji Quiz (Feat. Professor Corporon)
Professor Corporon takes on the John Williams Emoji Quiz!
June 14, 2022
Professor Eugene Corporon (Part 2)
In this episode, we continue to look at music with Professor Corporon! Enjoy!
June 07, 2022
Professor Eugene Corporon (Part 1)
In this episode, we talk to wind conductor/teacher/genuine human, Professor Eugene Corporon. Find out what makes his top eight playlist!
May 31, 2022
A Michael Bolton Podcast
In this episode we talk to Michael Bolton super fan and friend of the show Meredith Neumann. Enjoy!
May 24, 2022
Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 3 "Polish Symphony" in D Major
In this episode, we explore the themes and musical concepts in Tchaikovsky's 3rd Symphony. Enjoy!
May 17, 2022
What is Hunter's Star Sign?
We take Classic FM's quiz to find out the truth! Enjoy!
May 10, 2022
The Alice in Chains Quiz
This time it gets personal on Music Speaks. Nick Harriau attempts to stay perfect for his chance to win another prize on Music Speaks.
May 03, 2022
Black Gives Way to Blue Part 2
We finish the album already in progress from our last podcast in this episode! Back with Nick Harriau. Please Enjoy!
April 26, 2022
Black Gives Way to Blue Part 1
This interview discusses Alice in Chain's album, Black Gives Way to Blue, with return guest Nick Harriau. Enjoy!
April 19, 2022
Alyssa Comeau Part 2
In this part two, we explore Alyssa's playlist! Below check out her music! Sleeptalk by Dayseeker Part of Me by Neck Deep When the sun rose up this morning by Stephen Feigenbaum Dulaman Performed by Celtic Thunder Wilderness by Jon Bryant Hold you Here by This Wild Life. Enjoy!
April 12, 2022
Alyssa Comeau
Our third interview with podcast friend Alyssa Comeau. We discussed Social Environmental Learning and Regulation in Stressful Environments with Music. Enjoy!
April 05, 2022
Conduct(her) Choral Quiz
In this episode, we quiz Kyra and McKenna to find out who knows more! Enjoy!
March 29, 2022
Conduct(her)'s Desert Island Playlist
In this episode, we return to McKenna and Kyra's playlist to find the desert island playlist. Enjoy!
March 22, 2022
McKenna Stenson and Kyra Stahr
Kyra Stahr (she/her) and is currently a first-year graduate student at The University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, where she is pursuing a Master of Music in Choral Music. Stahr is a graduate of Miami University, where she was a double major, earning her B.M. in Music Education and Vocal Performance, and a dual minor in Special Education and Musical Theater. At Miami, she studied conducting with Dr. Jeremy Jones and Dr. William Bausano and led an inclusive choir for adults with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities. Stahr graduated summa cum laude and was awarded the "Outstanding Future Music Educator" honor for the class of 2017. As an innovative conductor, teacher and vocalist, McKenna Stenson has built a career inspiring students to sing with confidence and motivating communities to create lasting change through song. Her energetic demeanor permeates positivity throughout the ensemble, creating a community of compassion, trust and resilience.
March 15, 2022
Mini-Episode "Who will Mary Marry?"
We went to ClassicFM to determine what composer Mary would Marry. Find out now!
March 08, 2022
Exploring Nintendo Music into the 1990's
This episode explores Nintendo's vast array of great music, continuing where we left off and moving into the 1990s and exploring games like Star Fox and Kirby's Adventure.
March 01, 2022
Estela Aragon Part 2
Estela’s ample experience in music entrepreneurship is often sought-out by podcasts, music programs, and conference panels, including the Oklahoma State Trumpet Studio, the Shenandoah University Music Entrepreneurship program, the BrassChix annual gathering, the Denis Wick Artist Summit, the TMEA – Mouthpiece Neophobia panel, the Denis Wick Women in Brass panel, the Diversify the Stand podcast and the Musician’s Perspective podcast. She is also a member of the International Trumpet Guild Inclusion and Diversity Committee, where she is an agent of change supporting equality. Originally from Lima, Peru, Estela now resides in the vibrant city of Austin, Texas, with her fiancée and husky. She holds a Master in Trumpet Performance degree from the University of South Carolina School of Music and a Bachelors of Music and Trumpet Performance degree from the University of Tampa. Her former instructors include Aric Brian, James Ackley, and Allen Vizzutti.
February 22, 2022
Estela Aragon
Estela Aragon (she/her) is a trumpet instructor, entrepreneur, masterclass artist, and performer. She is the founder, educator, and owner at and, two different trumpet programs with the missions of teaching the trumpet to students of all ages and experience levels well-founded pedagogical approaches and methods. She has spent her post-graduate school years researching trumpet pedagogy, teaching, and innovating. An ambassador for the art of education, Estela maintains a full-time private trumpet studio through Music Fit Academy, a lesson program driven by athletic thinking, where pupils “workout” to achieve their highest potential. In 2018, she founded the Trumpet Headquarters to serve the trumpet community with an extensive lineup of complementary resources. The website included the THQ Trumpet Lessons Online course, recognized achievement in quality online trumpet education. Today, she is honored to be a preliminary judge for the National Trumpet Competition and a music mentor for the International Women’s Brass Conference.
February 15, 2022
The Proust Questionnaire, Part 3
In this episode, we dive into the Proust Questionnaire, which allows for larger-than-life questions and explores deep into someone's true self. We test fellow co-host Shaun Rimkunas to be known through this elaborate process. Enjoy!
February 08, 2022
The Proust Questionnaire, Part 2
In this episode, we dive into the Proust Questionnaire, which allows for larger-than-life questions and explores deep into someone's true self. We test fellow co-host Hunter Sigona to be known through this elaborate process. Enjoy!
February 01, 2022
Drew Smith
Co-Host Hunter Sigona does a solo interview with country music singer, songwriter, and producer Drew Smith.
January 25, 2022
The Proust Questionnaire, Part 1
In this episode, we dive into the Proust Questionnaire, which allows for larger-than-life questions and explores deep into someone's true self.  We test fellow co-host Mary Haddix to be known through this elaborate process. Enjoy!
January 18, 2022
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 2 "A Little Russian" In C Minor
We dive into our back into our symphony series, check out now!
January 11, 2022
Cherisse WIlliams
Ms. Williams was a first-prize winner at the NATS-CNYFL(National Association of Teachers of Singing Central New York Finger Lakes Chapter) competition. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from Westminster Choir College, a Master of Music from Ithaca College, and a Professional Studies Certificate in opera from The Manhattan School of Music.  She is  a volunteer artist for Sing for Hope and is one of the owners of the Sparkle Twins. In addition to singing, Ms. Williams teaches Pre-school and is also a professional commercial and print model. She most recently starred in the national Verizon Holiday commercial along with her identical twin sister. Which received over 2 million views worldwide.
January 04, 2022
Performance Anxiety with Cherisse Williams
Brooklyn, New York native soprano Cherisse Williams is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at the University of North Texas under the tutelage of Dr. Carol Wilson. In performance with UNT Opera, she will perform the role of Adina (L’elisir d’amore) this Spring. Last season she sung the role of Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute with Once Upon an Opera. She was in the ensemble of Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance’s production of Carmen. Ms. Williams has played the role of Nannetta in the Midwest Institute of Opera’s production of Falstaff. Her Manhattan School of Music credits include the Princess in their mainstage production of L’enfant et les Sortilèges and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro for their opera scenes titled "A World Made Real: Five Stories of Women in Pursuit of Dreams." Her Ithaca College credits include the title role of Sally Hemings in the world premiere of Dana Wilson's The Wolf by the Ears, Beth (cover) in Little Women and Mademoiselle Silberklang in The Impresario with the Ithaca Hidden Gems Project. Her other credits include The Princeton Festival’s production of Porgy and Bess (ensemble) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Peaseblossom) at Westminster Choir College Opera Theatre.
December 28, 2021
Best of Christmas Songs
Merry Christmas! And all through the podcast world Shaun, Mary, and Hunter decide on their top two Christmas songs!
December 21, 2021
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 1 "Winter Daydreams"
In this episode, we discover Tchaikovsky's first symphony! Please enjoy!
December 14, 2021
John Williams Part 3
So! We are on our Part 3 of John Williams hits of his career! Check out now!
December 07, 2021
Joe Hisaishi Part 4
We decided to continue the discussion of Joe Hisaishi, and check his feature film music.
November 30, 2021
Pinocchio Cast Member or Italian Baroque Composer?
I quizzed my friend and co-host, Hunter Sigona to test his knowledge of Italian Baroque Composers! Enjoy!
November 23, 2021
Meredith Neumann
We return to guests with Meredith Neumann, and we discuss her top 11 relaxation songs. What are they? Please enjoy!
November 16, 2021
Johann De Meij Symphony No. 1 "The Lord of the Rings"
In this episode we discuss the music of Johann De Meij and his symphony, "Lord of the Rings" Please enjoy!
November 09, 2021
The Mini "Pop" Quiz
We decided in the spur of the moment to test Mary Haddix on her pop knowledge! Please check out now!
November 02, 2021
John Williams Part 2
Shaun, Mary, and Hunter explore the 70's and early 80's career of John Williams. Please enjoy!
October 26, 2021
The Origins of Nintendo's Music
Mary, Hunter, and Shaun look at the 8-Bit Music featured in the history of their earlier games. Please Enjoy!
October 19, 2021
The Music of Joe Hisaishi Part 3
In this episode, we continue our analysis of Hisaishi's Studio Ghibli music and his live-action movies.
October 12, 2021
What are Shaun and Hunter Listening to? Mini Episode
We wrap up our thoughts about the episodes and find out about each other's interests. Enjoy!
October 05, 2021
The Pixar Mini Episode
Find out who knows more about Pixar Music, Shaun or Hunter?
September 28, 2021
What are Shaun and Hunter Listening to? Part 2
Mary Haddix continues her line of questioning to Shaun and Hunter to discuss their top 5 songs.
September 21, 2021
Who Cares About Melody?
Shaun asks Hunter about the role melody takes on in music.
September 14, 2021
What are Shaun and Hunter Listening to? Part 1
In this episode, Hunter and Shaun chat with frequent guest host Mary Haddix, to figure out the age old question, what are you guys listening to?
September 07, 2021
John Williams Part 1
Hunter and Shaun start to explore the musical world of John Williams from 1959! In a career that spans five decades, John Williams has become one of America’s most accomplished and successful composers for film and for the concert stage. He has served as music director and laureate conductor of one of the country’s treasured musical institutions, the Boston Pops Orchestra, and he maintains thriving artistic relationships with many of the world’s great orchestras, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Mr. Williams has received a variety of prestigious awards, including the National Medal of Arts, the Kennedy Center Honor, the Olympic Order, and numerous Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, Emmy Awards and Golden Globe Awards. He remains one of our nation’s most distinguished and contributive musical voices.
August 31, 2021
The Music of Joe Hisaishi Part 2
We needed to go back and look at Joe Hisaishi's film music, and perhaps one video game soundtrack. Check out now!  
August 24, 2021
Shaun Rimkunas Mini Episode
In this (MINI) episode guest hosts Mary Haddix and Skull Smith find out what 80's music Icon, Music Speaks host, Shaun Rimkunas is. Please check out now!
August 17, 2021
Maurice Ravel's Mother Goose Suite
In this episode Shaun and Hunter look at Ravel's Mother Goose Suite, you may have heard Shaun discussing it with previous guest Junwen Liang, and they analyze elements of the piece that leave Classical Music Lovers' head spinning about how this piece is so incredibly intricate and intuitive. Notes: The Mother Goose Suite was initially written for two pianos and then by Ravel, it was orchestrated for Chamber Orchestra, which is normal for Ravel, due to his orchestration practices, such as Tombeau du Couperin and Pictures at an Exhibition. Titled, Ma Mere L’Oye, The suite was composed in the year, 1910, and the orchestrated version came out in the following year, and the ballet was created the year after that by expanding on themes and variations.
August 10, 2021
Performance Anxiety, Episode 5, Skull Smith
In this episode, we talk to return guest Skull Smith about his anxiety towards the music business and the aspects of performance that need to be discussed. Please, check out now!
August 03, 2021
Hair, The Musical Part 2
In this podcast, we discover Act 2 of the musical Hair. Please check out now!
July 27, 2021
Mary Haddix Mini Episode
Today, Tyler Suarez, a recent guest now turned Co-Host, and Shaun Rimkunas, the host of Music Speaks, wanted to test Mary Haddix, a new DMA candidate at the University of Northern Texas, on her Horn Quizlet Knowledge. Enjoy!
July 20, 2021
Performance Anxiety, Episode 4, Tyler Suarez
In this episode, we talk to author, producer, composer, and podcast host Tyler Suarez. Check it out! Here is a little information about Tyler: Tyler Suarez is a twenty-one-year-old multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, artist, and activist from Naugatuck, Connecticut. Tyler had always had a strong affinity for music and musical expression- starting to play guitar when he was four years old. Tyler formed his first touring punk band ‘Punk Side’ in fifth grade and has worked with many well-known, talented musicians since then. From performing with Kenny Rogers and Jonathan Edwards to recording with the Grammy Award-winning producer/musician Jim Pugh, Tyler is a versatile and experienced musician.
July 13, 2021
Junwen Liang
Shaun and Hunter talk to DMA Pianist, Multi-Competition Winner, and all-around lovely human Junwen Liang. Check out now! Chinese-born pianist Junwen Liang began his piano studies at nine and made his solo debut at the age of thirteen. He earned a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at Ithaca College, where he received a full scholarship. And a Master of Music at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with appointed as an Associate Instructor in Piano. Junwen has performed in major cities from China, Canada, and the United States. His achievements include the most recent two-time concert appearances at Carnegie Hall and Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. And a public broadcast performance of Prokofiev Third Piano Concerto with Ithaca College Orchestra on WSKG radio in New York State. He was also invited to participate in music festivals such as Lunigiana International Music Festival, Baltimore International Piano Festival, Philadelphia Young Pianists’ Academy, Orford Musique, Art of the Piano, and Aspen Music Festival; and won major prizes in multiple competitions such as The American Prize, Nouvelles Etoiles International Music Competition (France), Juliusz Zarębski International Piano Competition (Poland), New York International Piano Competition, Chopin International Piano Competition in Hartford and Crescendo International Music Competition. Junwen is currently pursuing a Doctoral of Musical Arts degree at Penn State, where he serves as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in Piano and studies with Christopher Guzman. His other mentors include Charis Dimaras, Edward Auer, and Roberto Plano; and additional summer studies with Gabriel Chodos and Gary Graffman. Junwen’s next concert engagement features a concerto performance with “Bright Bows” String Ensemble Orchestra from Russia.
July 06, 2021
Performance Anxiety, Episode 3, Meredith Neumann
In this episode, conductor, vocalist, artist, Meredith Neumann discusses how she overcomes her own performance anxiety and addresses students issues with stage fright. Check out now!
June 29, 2021
Hair, The Musical Part 1
In this episode, Hunter and Shaun talk about Shaun's experience with the musical Hair, and his knowledge of the score and the meaning behind the songs! Check out now!
June 22, 2021
Performance Anxiety, Episode 2, Ricardo Brown
As a conductor, performer, composer, teacher, and wonderful human being, Ricardo Brown breaks down how performance anxiety can affect his day-to-day as an artist striving for greatness. Check out now! Ricardo T. Brown is a native of Portsmouth, VA. The second child of Ricardo Sr. and Terry Brown. He received his high school degree from Churchland High School where he was selected to All-District Band, All-State Band, and Virginia Honor Band. He was also a student in The Governors school of the Performing Arts under the baton of Mr. Ray Pancarowicz. He then went on to Norfolk State University in Norfolk, VA receiving his Bachelors and Masters Degrees studying trumpet with Dr. Steve Carlson and Dr. Timmey Zachery. While at Norfolk State he was principal trumpet in the wind ensemble, Brass Quintet, as well as lead in the University Jazz Ensemble under Ms. Stephanie K. Sanders as well as a performance with Mr. Frank Foster, the legendary jazz saxophonist. He then furthered his education at Cambridge College in Boston, MA pursuing a degree in Educational Administration.
June 15, 2021
The Music of Joe Hisaishi
The music of Studio Ghibli films has been so moving and different. Why is that? Discover this secret while we look at such films as Kiki's Delivery Service and Spirited Away; discover more about Joe Hisaishi, the composer of such films.
June 08, 2021
The Music of Frederic Devreese
Frédéric Devreese was born in 1929 in Belgium to composer and conductor Godfried Devreese. According to Naxos, “Following in the footsteps of his father, who conducted music for silent movies, entered the world of film music, and wrote 40 scores.” He is known for his orchestral compositions, as well as his family music. He died in 2020 of cancer at the age of 91. Today we look at two pieces of Devreese, The Benvenuta Suite,  1984, and Ostinati for Alto Saxophone and Piano, 1998. Please check out now!
June 01, 2021
Jenna Rizzo
Singer, Writer, Music Enthusiast, and all-around Interesting Person, Jenna Rizzo, discusses her new music job and how she changes the world with her musical choices.
May 25, 2021
Molly Moran
Future Epidemiologist and United Kingdom Master's student Molly Moran breaks down her year of new musical tastes. 
May 18, 2021
Leonard Bernstein's Mass
What is one of the greatest works of the 20th century, has seven different genres of music, and is written by one of the biggest icons of the music industry? Please check it out!
May 11, 2021
Performance Anxiety Discussion w/ Hunter Sigona
In these episodes, we talk about why performance anxiety is with us and why it makes us who we are as performers! Please check out now!
May 06, 2021
Brandenburg No. 6
Hunter and Shaun discover the last Brandenburg (no. 6 in Bb Major) Please check out now!!
May 04, 2021
Brandenburg No. 5
Hunter and Shaun look into Brandenburg No. 5 in D major and find compositional similarities in his music regarding other Brandenburgs. 
April 29, 2021
Kevin McKee
Hunter and Shaun dive into the music of Kevin McKee and discuss his progression as a composer. Kevin McKee is an American composer of (primarily) brass chamber music.  He was born and raised in Yreka, CA, a tiny mountain town in the heart of the “State of Jefferson” (Northern California).  He began playing the trumpet in grade school at the urging of his father, the high school music teacher in town.  He went on to earn two degrees in trumpet performance; a BM from Sacramento State, where he studied with Gary Dilworth, and a MM from the University of Maryland, under Chris Gekker.
April 27, 2021
Hosted by Valarie Nuzzolo
Our 5-time guest Valerie Nuzzolo interviews Music Speaks co-hosts Shaun and Hunter about their top 5 playlists (ten songs in total). Check it out now!
April 22, 2021
Brandenburg No. 4
In this episode, Shaun and Hunter go undercover to look at Brandenburg No. 4 in G Major. Please check out now!
April 20, 2021
Nicole Murray
Hunter and Shaun help Nicole Murray break down some pieces she will be performing soon and some of the new choices she wanted to get the attention of. Nicole Murray is a flutist and teacher based in buffalo, NY. Her teaching approach is based firmly on the belief that all students should enjoy playing music, and it is the role of the private teacher to help each student find their own unique musical voice. As a flutist, Nicole subs with several orchestras, including the Erie Philharmonic, Catskill Symphony, Southern Tier Symphony, Amherst Symphony, and the Orchard Park Symphony. Her passion project is the Liminal Space Ensemble - a new music collective comprised of several buffalo professional musicians and guest artists. She received her bachelor's degree in flute from SUNY Fredonia, a master's degree from Ithaca College, and an artist diploma from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Nicole also discussed the humanitarian crisis that is happening in Myanmar. If you would like to help, please visit these websites.
April 15, 2021
Anthony Cubbage
Hunter and Shaun act as musical therapists in this deep and thought-provoking interview with the artist known as Cubbage. Cubbage hails from Philadelphia, but his heart is that of a traveler. With music rooted in pop/folk foundations, his style also seeks inspiration from jazz and soul reminiscent of John Mayer and Jamie Cullum. Traveling across the US in a sleeper van and busking on the streets between gigs, Cubbage has given himself wholly to a life of a modern bohemian musician.
April 13, 2021
Brandenburg No. 3
Hunter and Shaun look at Bach's Brandenburg No. 3 in G Major, one of Bach's shortest concerti.
April 08, 2021
Meredith Neumann (Part 2)
Shaun and Hunter examine some choral renaissance music with returning guest Meredith Neumann. Meredith Neumann is the Choirmaster at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Hartford, CT, where she conducts the professional Schola Cantorum. Founded in 1999 by Archdiocesan Music Director and Organist, Dr. Ezequiel Menéndez, the choir’s repertoire encompasses the full range of Roman Catholic music, including plainchant, a cappella motets from the 16th through 20th centuries, music for chorus and orchestra, as well as newly commissioned works. In addition to its liturgical function, the Cathedral Schola Cantorum plays an active role in the concert life of the Hartford area, having appeared in concert with the New Haven and Hartford Symphony Orchestras.
April 06, 2021
Brandenburg No. 2
Shaun and Hunter examine Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, and why the trumpet part is incredibly challenging and cracking Bach's compositional system. Please check it out!   
April 01, 2021
Joseph Melvin 2.0
Hunter and Shaun examine Composer/Arranger Joseph Melvin's top ten (eleven) movie soundtracks and quiz him on his soundtrack knowledge. Check it out!
March 30, 2021
Sphie's Mini Episode
Here is a little extra from Sphie's interview, where Hunter discusses Sphie's song "Imaginary Line."
March 25, 2021
Cassidy Watts
Hunter talks with Australian Song-Writer/Producer/Composer Cassidy Watts. Check out now! 
March 23, 2021
Soldier's Tale (Feat. Valerie Nuzzolo)
We broke down Igor Stravinsky's Soldier Tale with four-time guest and DMA clarinetist Valerie Nuzzolo. According to the LA Phil website,  "Toward the end of World War I, Stravinsky was facing the harsh realities of economic deprivation: payments from his German publishers were being held back, and the Russian Revolution had cut off his income from the family estate. Sensing disaster, Stravinsky, ever a pragmatist, formulated with his friends, writer C.F. Ramuz and conductor Ernest Ansermet, a plan to get himself out of this vexing situation. As he explained it: “Ramuz and I got hold of the idea of creating a sort of little traveling theater, easy to transport from place to place and to show in even small localities.” Thus out of necessity came the chamber-sized neo-classic orchestra. As for their first project, Stravinsky recalled, “We were particularly drawn to the cycle of legends dealing with the adventures of the soldier who deserted, and the Devil who inexorably comes to carry off his soul.” Armed with the fool-proof dramatic stuff of the Faust story, the two created The Soldier’s Tale, “to be read (Narrator, Soldier, Devil), played, and danced (Princess).”
March 18, 2021
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1
We discuss Bach's chamber work Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 According to Wikipedia: Bach's reference to his scoring the concertos for "several instruments" (Concerts avec plusieurs instruments) is an understatement. Bach used the "widest spectrum of orchestral instruments … in daring combinations," as Christoph Wolff has commented. "Every one of the six concertos set a precedent in scoring, and everyone was to remain without parallel." Heinrich Besseler has noted that the overall forces required (leaving aside the first concerto, which was rewritten for a special occasion) tallies exactly with the 17 players Bach had at his disposal in Köthen.
March 16, 2021
Bach Magnificat
Shaun and Hunter sit down to discuss Bach's Magnificat. According to Wikipedia: "Johann Sebastian Bach's Magnificat, BWV 243, is a musical setting of the biblical canticle Magnificat. It is scored for five vocal parts (two sopranos, alto, tenor and bass), and a Baroque orchestra including trumpets and timpani. It is the first major liturgical composition on a Latin text by Bach. In 1723, after taking up his post as Thomaskantor in Leipzig, Bach set the text of the Magnificat in a twelve movement composition in the key of E-flat major. For a performance at Christmas he inserted four hymns (laudes) related to that feast. This version, including the Christmas interpolations, was given the number 243.1 (previously 243a) in the catalogue of Bach's works.[1] Likely for the feast of Visitation of 1733, or another feast in or around that year, Bach produced a new version of his Latin Magnificat, without the Christmas hymns: instrumentation of some movements was altered or expanded, and the key changed from E-flat major to D major, for performance reasons of the trumpet parts. This version of Bach's Magnificat is known as BWV 243.2 (previously BWV 243).[2] After publication of both versions in the 19th century, the second became the standard for performance. It is one of Bach's most popular vocal works."
March 11, 2021
Shaun and Hunter sit down to talk about psychological interests in the artist Sphie's life and how it has impacted her day-to-day life.  We also discuss the songs on her album, Home, which debuted last year. Sphie is a singer, songwriter, music producer and visionary. She is motivated by a deep compassion for all humanity. She invests her time in empowering the world through music, movement, mindfulness, love and peace. She intertwines an eclectic blend of soul, indie and pop mixed with operatic undertones. Inspired to find a deep understanding of connection in life, she went on a quest to discover her true voice. During this period she immersed in studying opera, musical theater and classical piano. In college, she continued studies in Vocal Performance and Music Business.
March 09, 2021
Brandon Law
Shaun and Hunter sit down to talk to a Hip-Hop artist from Virginia Beach, Brandon Law. In his bio he writes, "My name is Brandon Law, I aspire to be great, but I know I can't get there by myself, I need a team, I need the listeners.  I appreciate every last one of the people who listen to my music because I know they don't have to, they make the choice, just like I choose to be honest with and in my music."
March 04, 2021
Wonderful Town (feat. Shaun Rimkunas)
Hunter sits down to interview Shaun about Leonard Bernstein's musical, "Wonderful Town." SYNOPSIS via Playbill: "Ruth, an aspiring writer, and Eileen, her prettier, aspiring-actress younger sister, arrive in New York from Ohio in the 1930s and find frustration, career hopes and romance in the city of their dreams." Check it out!
March 02, 2021
Joseph Melvin
We sat down with composer, arranger, podcaster, author and first-responder Joseph Melvin to talk about his inspirations, compositions, and writing work.  Follow him @thejdmelvin
February 25, 2021
Annie Stachura
We sat down with Annie Stachura to talk about her experiences with theater and overcome her stage fright as an actor. Annie Stachura is currently a research analyst at Ipsos and an aspiring writer and is excited to be alive and explore various creative outlets. She is also the co-host of the infamous Absolutely Starving Podcast. Please check it out! (This following podcast contains material that we do not own or seize ownership of).
February 23, 2021
John Ammatuna
We sat down with Marymount Manhattan graduate, theater lover, and healthcare worker John Ammatuna to talk about his theater preferences and some singers that really made an impact on him.  To hear his choices:
February 18, 2021
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Hunter and Shaun sit down to discuss one of their favorites, "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." According to Musical Theater International, "Big business means big laughs in this delightfully clever lampoon of life on the corporate ladder. A tune-filled comic gem that took Broadway by storm, winning both the Tony Award for Best Musical and a Pulitzer Prize, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying boasts an exhilarating score by Frank Loesser, including "I Believe in You," "Brotherhood of Man" and "The Company Way."
February 16, 2021
Mary Haddix Part 2
We sat down with returning guest, Mary Haddix to discuss her top ten contemporary musical choices. Mary Haddix is an avid music educator, and has held private and group teaching positions with the Madison Central High School Band, George Rogers Clark High School Band, Bourbon County High School Band, Oldham County Schools, and Scott County Schools. Mary keeps a private studio that includes middle and high school horn students from Madison, Fayette, Clark, Scott, and Bourbon County. She has also served on the KMEA All-State First Round Horn Judge Committee for District 7 for the last four years. Mary served as the State President for the Kentucky chapter of Collegiate National Association for Music Educators in 2017 and 2018. She is a graduate of the EKU Honors Program, the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts, and has attended several chamber music festivals including the Spectrum Brass Institute at BayView Music Festival, the Marrowstone Music Festival, and the Sewanee Summer Music Festival. She received First Place in the 2016 Josephine Walker American Music Competition at EKU, and has been the recipient of academic and music scholarships through EKU and UK, as well as through the Richmond Cecelian Club.
February 11, 2021
Meredith Neumann
Hunter and Shaun sit down with Maestra Meredith Neumann, to discuss her career as a teacher and her top ten playlist. Meredith Neumann is Choirmaster of the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in downtown Hartford, conducting the Schola Cantorum and the Cathedral Youth Chorus. She was formerly the Director of Connecticut Children’s Chorus and conductor of the Hartt Camerata at the University of Hartford. She is a sought- after clinician and festival conductor, and her ensembles are known for their innovative approach to performance and their intense passion for music-making. A Connecticut native, Meredith holds a master's degree in music education from The Hartt School, and has a decade of experience teaching middle school choir in both public and private schools. She is currently pursuing her DMA in choral conducting at the  University of Connecticut. In addition to her teaching and conducting appointments, she is an active performer in the Greater Hartford region. She is a founding member of the early music vocal ensemble Voce CONCITATO, specializing in the music of the late Renaissance and early Baroque periods. Meredith is also a member of Voce, Connecticut’s premier professional choral ensemble.
February 09, 2021
West Side Story
Hunter and Shaun sit down to discuss their favorite musical, West Side Story. According to Wikipedia, "(West Side Story) is a musical in which a modern day Romeo and Juliet are involved in New York street gangs. On the harsh streets of the upper west side, two gangs battle for control of the turf. The situation becomes complicated when a gang member falls in love with a rival's sister."
February 02, 2021
Skull Smith Part Two
We sat down with returning guest Skull Smith to discuss his top ten playlists. Please enjoy! Skull Smith is your everyday eccentric composer, buzzing around at all hours of the night, fiddling with synthesizers and synthesizing fiddles. With music constantly playing in his head, Skull has spent this past year devoting his time to transferring this music--some of which has been circulating up there for well over a decade--into the real world as accurately and professionally as possible. He figures he can't be the only one out there who would like it.
January 28, 2021
Children of Eden
Today we will sit down with my friend/co-host of this show, Shaun, who performed the role of Father in COE, to talk about Children of Eden, the Stephen Schwartz musical, which Wikipedia describes simply as “[a] musical is based on the Book of Genesis, with Act I telling the story of Adam and Eve, Cain, and Abel, while Act II deals with Noah and the Flood.” Please Enjoy!
January 26, 2021
Victor V. Gurbo
We sat down with Victor to discuss his career as a musician in NYC! Please go check it out now! Victor V. Gurbo is a Brooklyn-native musician, artist, and luthier.  Active since 2012, Victor and his band have played at iconic NYC venues such as The Greene Space, Brooklyn Academy of Music, City Winery, The Highline Ballroom, and many more. His songwriting is inspired by traditional American folk music, as well as its revival in the 1940’s-60’s by artists such as Bob Dylan.  He also dives deep into classical and archaic literature which he studied at the Macaulay Honors College, to resurrect their narratives in modern song. Victor’s songs are characterized by their lyrical composition and vivid rhyme schemes. Victor V. Gurbo & Co.’s eponymous first full studio album features seven original songs, two of which were performed at WNYC/WQXR’s Battle of the Boroughs’, where the band took home the Brooklyn championship. Here is a link to a Playlist of Victor's choices:
January 21, 2021
Crazy for You
Hunter and Shaun sit down to discuss the musical Crazy for You! Crazy for You is a romantic comedy musical with a book by Ken Ludwig, lyrics by Ira Gershwin, and music by George Gershwin. Billed as "The New Gershwin Musical Comedy,” it is primarily based on the songwriting team's 1930 musical Girl Crazy but incorporates songs from several other productions as well. Crazy for You won the 1992 Tony Award (Broadway), 1993 Olivier Award (London), and 1994 Dora Award (Toronto) for Best Musical. Enjoy!
January 19, 2021
Monica Ramich
We sat down with Monica to discuss her thoughts on performing new music and performance anxiety. Please go check it out! Monica Ramich is a classically trained soprano, voice instructor, and church musician. On the operatic stage, her credits include both full productions and select scenes in the roles of Laetitia (The Old Maid and The Thief), Cinderella (The True Story of Cinderella), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Zdenka (Arabella), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), and Belinda (Dido and Aeneas).  She is a former Intern with Rochester Lyric Opera and Apprentice Artist with Opera Ithaca, with whom she covered principal roles and performed in ensembles for several season operas.
January 14, 2021
Joel Kayser
We sat down with Joel Kayser to discuss his top ten jazz tunes! Go check out now!
January 12, 2021
Nick Harriau (Feat. Weird Al Yankovic)
We sat down with my friend Nick Harriau to break down some of his favorite Wierd Al' Songs! Alfred Matthew "Weird Al" Yankovic (born October 23, 1959) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, satirist, actor, music video director, and author who is known for humorous songs that make light of pop culture and often parody specific songs by contemporary musical acts. He also performs original songs that are style pastiches of the work of other acts and polka medleys of several popular songs, most of which feature his trademark accordion. Please go check it out! Here is the links to Nick's picks:
January 07, 2021
Ashley Killam and Dr. Carrie Blosser
Ashley Killam (she/her) is a trumpet player, educator, drill designer, entrepreneur, and international speaker. Ashley works as the founder and owner of Diversify the Stand and the General Manager for Rising Tide Music Press and has spent her post-school years researching and presenting across the country. Dr. Carrie Blosser is a trumpet performer and music educator. Her experiences range from being a high school band director, a chamber musician, the director of a community band program, and teaching a studio of 60 students. Dr. Blosser is a passionate advocate for diversity in music leading to the creation and Co-Founder of Diversify the Stand. We aim to Diversify the Music Stand by listening, learning, and promoting diverse musical voices through our podcast, book club, and commissioning projects. Please go check it out!
January 05, 2021
Tyler Suarez
We sit down with return guest Tyler Suarez to discuss his three favorite composers: Trent Rezner, Phillip Glass, and David Byrne. To wrap up the weird times we lived through in 2020, Tyler's new EP "Weird Times" comes out on December 31st. Please go check it out! Here is a link to his picks on Spotify:
December 31, 2020
The Proust Questionnaire
Hunter and Shaun talk through the Proust Questionnaire (Music Edition). Check it Out!
December 29, 2020
Aleyna Ashenfarb
Our guest today is Aleyna Ashenfarb. She finished her (B.M. Music Education and Trumpet Performance at Ithaca College and has studied abroad in Vienna, Austria through the IES Abroad Music History and Performance Program one summer. She has taken trumpet lessons with Rudolf Amon, a member of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra. We sat down with Aleyna to discuss her playlist and test her knowledge of trumpet orchestral excerpts. To hear her picks, here is a Spotify Playlist:
December 08, 2020
Jake Gunnar Walsh
Jake Gunnar Walsh is a composer, performer, and educator from Chepachet, Rhode Island.  A recent graduate of Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, he earned a double Masters Degree in Oboe Performance and Music Composition studying oboe with Linda Strommen and Roger Roe, and composition with Claude Baker and David Dzubay.  Jake graduated from Ithaca College in 2015 with a double B.M. degree in Oboe Performance and Music Composition, studying oboe with Paige Morgan, and composition with Dana Wilson and Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann.  Jake is passionate about premiering and commissioning new works for the Oboe and English Horn, and specializes in the performance of contemporary music.  Equally dedicated to the art of music education, Jake has taught as an Associate Instructor for the Department of Music Theory at Indiana University, led a series of masterclasses on Oboe Extended Technique and Contemporary Performance Practice, and has taught private oboe and composition extensively.  Jacob has been on faculty teaching Music Composition and Music Theory at the Ithaca College Summer Music Academy since 2016, and has been the Composer in Residence at the Luzerne Music Center since 2019.  Jake is currently serving as Assistant Professor of Oboe at Ithaca College and teaches as a Part Time Lecturer for the Department of Music Theory, History, and Composition. I (Shaun) sat down with Jake to talk to him  about his top 10 songs. I also asked him to name contemporary composers as drinks of alcohol. To listen to his picks, here is a Spotify Playlist and two YouTube Links:
December 03, 2020
Ciara Solby
Shaun and Hunter sat down with Ciara Solby, a Master in Music clarinet student at Western Michigan University. Ciara discusses her first semester as a grad student discussing the conditions ensembles and lessons have gone under during the pandemic. We also test her orchestral knowledge on clarinet, Go check it out now!
December 01, 2020
Liminal Space Ensemble
In this hilarious and insightful interview, Hunter and I sat down with the members of the Liminal Space Ensemble. Nicole Murray - Director of Marketing and Development Hope Wilk - Artistic Director Evan Courtin - Director of Education/community engagement and Composer in residence Juan Herrera - Director of Operations and Commissions Go check them out!
November 26, 2020
Valerie Nuzzolo
We sat down with Valerie Nuzzolo (3rd Timer), to discuss her new top ten playlist and testing her clarinet knowledge.
November 25, 2020
Jeannette-Marie Lewis and Michael Stern
We sat down with returning guests Jeannette-Marie Lewis and Michael Stern to discuss the works of Jacob Collier. According to Wikipedia: Jacob Collier (/ˈkɒliər/[3] born 2 August 1994) is an English musician. His music incorporates elements from many musical genres, and often features extreme use of reharmonisation. In 2012, his split-screen video covers of popular songs, such as Stevie Wonder's "Don't You Worry 'bout a Thing", began to go viral on YouTube. In 2014, Collier signed to Quincy Jones' management company and began working on his one-man, audio-visual live performance vehicle, designed and built at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[4] In 2016, Collier released his debut album, In My Room, which he recorded, arranged, performed and produced himself in the small back room of his family home in Finchley, north London.[5] In 2017, Collier was awarded Grammy Awards for his arrangements of "Flintstones" and "You And I".[6] In 2018, Collier began working on Djesse, a four-volume, 50-song album featuring more than two dozen artists and ensembles. The first volume, which features the Metropole Orkest, Djesse Vol. 1, was released in December 2018. The second, Djesse Vol. 2, uses more acoustic instrumentation, and was released in July 2019. In 2020, Collier won Grammy Awards for his arrangements of "All Night Long" from Djesse Vol. 1 and "Moon River" from Djesse Vol. 2, respectively. The third volume, Djesse Vol. 3, which Collier describes as being based in electronic sounds, was released on 14 August 2020.[7]
November 19, 2020
Kyle Moore
Mississippi native Kyle Moore currently serves as the graduate teaching assistant for the trombone studio and as trombone instructor for the Community Music School at the University of Georgia. As a winner of the 2019 Jacqueline-Avent Concerto Competition, he performed Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Concerto for Bass Tuba with the Festival Orchestra at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival. He has also appeared as a soloist with the UGA Trombone Ensemble and with members of the University of Southern Mississippi Trombone Choir. Kyle has been a finalist in the American Trombone Workshop’s National Solo Competition and in the UGA Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. He’s also performed in masterclasses led by Jeremy Wilson, Zoltan Kiss, James Markey, Toby Oft, and Jörgen van Rijen, among others. In addition to his online teaching commitments and performing schedule in the Southeast, Kyle has performed with the Georgia, LaGrange, Mobile, and Mississippi Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestras, as well as Big Band Atlanta, the Gulf Coast Big Band, and the jazz fusion ensemble Misnomer. Kyle’s passions include, but are not limited to, pedagogy, physiology, yoga, coffee, writing, and injury prevention and recovery. Kyle‘s primary teachers include Dr. Joshua Bynum, Dr. Martin McCain, Dr. Ben McIlwain, and Mr. Justin Harvison. We sat down with Kyle to discuss his interest in Injury Prevention, Recovery and Wellness. We also have a surprise guest!
November 17, 2020
Ricardo Brown
Ricardo T. Brown is a native of Portsmouth, VA. The second child of Ricardo Sr. and Terry Brown. He received his high school degree from Churchland High School where he was selected to All District Band, All-State Band and Virginia Honor Band. He was also a student in The Governor's school of the Performing Arts under the baton of Mr. Ray Pancarowicz. He then went on to Norfolk State University in Norfolk, VA receiving his Bachelors and Masters Degrees studying trumpet with Dr. Steve Carlson and Dr. Timmey Zachery. While at Norfolk State he was principal trumpet in the wind ensemble, Brass Quintet, as well as lead in the University Jazz Ensemble under Ms. Stephanie K. Sanders as well as a performance with Mr. Frank Foster, legendary jazz saxophonist. He then furthered his education at Cambridge College in Boston, MA pursuing a degree in Educational Administration. Mr. Brown began his teaching career working under Mr. John Boyd as the Assistant Director at Princess Anne High School in 2005. He then moved on to W.E Waters, where he was previously a student, in 2007. He was then made the graduate assistant for the Norfolk State University band program. After 7 great years at Waters, Mr. Brown was afforded the opportunity to join the staff at Prairie View A&M University as the Assistant Director of Bands, Band Business Manager and Adjunct Professor. Mr. Brown was later appointed the Associate Director of Bands. When not working with the amazing students at Prairie View, Mr. Brown works with numerous ensembles around the country including the 2016 World Champion Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps, the 2005 World Champion Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, as well as numerous clinics and adjudicating engagements. Mr. Brown has also performed with numerous ensembles including the Virginia Symphony, Virginia Beach Symphony, Fancy Pants Productions, The Right on Band, numerous churches, NASCAR, Houston Symphony, Ballet Afrique Cotton Club, and well as numerous performances and gigs across the country. In the marching idiom, Ricardo marched 5 years with Drum Corps international first in 1999 with The Crossmen then from Newark, Delaware for 1 season before moving on to The Cadets in 2001, and stayed there for 4 years. Mr. Brown also holds memberships in Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America, Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated, Texas Music Educators Association and the Texas Jazz Educators’ Association. Previously, Mr. Brown was a member of the Virginia Music Educators Association. Mr. Brown has also had the opportunity to conduct many ensembles including the Portsmouth Public Schools All City Elementary school band as well as one of the highlights of his career, which was having the opportunity to conduct The Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines with Tallwood High School in 2007. At Prairie View Mr. Brown worked with all the band ensembles as well as being the Director of the Universities Large and Small Jazz Ensemble. At the University of Connecticut Mr. Brown will serve as the Associate Director of Bands. Mr. Brown Loves music and being able to help students grow in their matriculation through all institutions that he is associated with. He looks forward to assisting the band staff in moving the UCMB and all other ensembles he is associated with forward. Mr. Brown resides in Willington, CT with his wife, Tiffany, and their dog Hooch. We sat down with Ricardo to discuss his top ten list, Go Check it Out!
November 12, 2020
Alyssa Comeau
We sat down with Alyssa Comeau, to discuss her recent production of American Idiot, (during a pandemic) and how it happened and was successful. Enjoy!
November 10, 2020
Kam'ren Spence
Kam’ren Spence, also goes by Kam. He is 20 years old and a Junior Vocal Performance & Music Education major at Ithaca College. He is passionate about social justice and mental health. When he is not studying music, you can find him supporting organizations that aid in bringing awareness to an unjust system and breaking down systemic racism within our country. You can also see him supporting organizations that gives support to musicians who are facing their own mental challenges. We sit down with Kam to get the scoop on Mental Health in Music! Go check it out!
November 05, 2020
Jeannette-Marie Lewis
Jeannette-Marie Lewis is a flutist and educator from Long Island, New York. Currently pursuing her D.M.A. in Flute Performance from the University of Maryland School of Music, Jeannette is exploring her passion for classical, jazz, and contemporary flute pedagogy. She completed an M.M. in Flute Performance from the Ithaca College School of Music, where she also holds a B.M. in Music Education. There, she served as a Graduate Assistant of Flute, Graduate Assistant of Vocal-General Student Teaching, Graduate Assistant to the Manager of Concerts and Facilities, and Stage Crew Manager. Jeannette has won positions with the Catskill Symphony Orchestra, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, and U.S. Air Force Academy Band.
November 03, 2020
Mary Haddix
Mary Haddix is an avid music educator, and has held private and group teaching positions with the Madison Central High School Band, George Rogers Clark High School Band, Bourbon County High School Band, Oldham County Schools, and Scott County Schools. Mary keeps a private studio that includes middle and high school horn students from Madison, Fayette, Clark, Scott, and Bourbon County. She has also served on the KMEA All-State First Round Horn Judge Committee for District 7 for the last four years. Mary served as the State President for the Kentucky chapter of Collegiate National Association for Music Educators in 2017 and 2018. She is a graduate of the EKU Honors Program, the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts, and has attended several chamber music festivals including the Spectrum Brass Institute at BayView Music Festival, the Marrowstone Music Festival, and the Sewanee Summer Music Festival. She received First Place in the 2016 Josephine Walker American Music Competition at EKU, and has been the recipient of academic and music scholarships through EKU and UK, as well as through the Richmond Cecelian Club. We sat down with Mary to discuss reality and workability of online lessons! Take a listen!
October 29, 2020
Julie Dombroski
We sat down with Julie Dombroski, who is a New York City-based trombonist and music educator. Originally from Ontario, New York, she moved to New York City in 2018 to pursue her Master of Music at the Manhattan School of Music studying with Colin Williams of the New York Philharmonic. Since moving to NYC, Julie has performed with the City Lyric Opera, the Montclair Orchestra, eGALitarian and is the low brass sectional coach for the Fordham University Orchestra. We discussed how to stay inspired and how to be a working musician during the pandemic! Enjoy!
October 27, 2020
Gabi Sigona 2.0
We sat down with our returning guest Gabi Sigona to discuss her new musical playlist, and to find out "Who is the Smartest Italian in the Sigona Household?" Is it Hunter, our co-host, or is it Gabi, our guest! Tune in to find out! Here is a link to Gabi's picks:
October 22, 2020
Kendra Muecke
We sat down the singer/songwriter, founder, and front woman for the group "Kendra and the Bunnies", talking about her band, her new album, and the songs and artists used as inspiration for said album. Here are links to Kendra's picks:
October 20, 2020
Sarah Harralson
We sat down with country artist and music businesswoman Sarah Harralson, discussing the country industry, life in Nashville, streaming royalties, and creativity in a time of COVID.
October 15, 2020
Ashley Killam
Ashley Killam is a multi-faceted trumpet player, educator, drill designer, entrepreneur, and public speaker. Ashley works as the General Manager for Rising Tide music publishing, the Chamber Music Database Coordinator for the Institute for Composer Diversity, and has spent her post-graduate school years presenting her lecture series, Fanfare for the Unheard, to high schools and colleges across the country. She holds an M.M. in Trumpet Performance from the University of New Mexico and a B.M.E from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Ashley currently resides in Radford, Virginia with her husband and corgi puppy, Biscuit.
October 13, 2020
Jennifer Conti
Jennifer Conti is a fine art hybrid film wedding and portrait photographer for the romantic at heart. She sees every scene and situation as a chance to make something beautiful. She plays with soft light and artistic elements to create images that will stand the test of time. She has a wild passion for travel and adventure that she also brings to my work. Her passions stem from being both fun-loving and detail oriented. She is an avid skier, loves a good Netflix documentary, and lives for the quiet time spent with her little family here in Connecticut. Here is a to Jennifer's song picks:
October 08, 2020
Caitlin Dee
Our guest today on Music Speaks is Caitlin Dee, an extraterrestrial abductee from Pasadena that now resides in Silver Lake with her cat Prince Charming. She spends her time writing songs and preparing for life on other planets. We sat down to talk about her interest of Falconry and the her album Tender, which was released on February 14, 2020. Stay on the look out for her new single to release soon, called Cowboy featuring the artist Shamir on Oct 16! Here is the link to her most recent album, "Tender", which we discussed:
October 06, 2020
Skull Smith
We sat down with Skull Smith to discuss his new music video, "Ghost of Mr. Hyde," on YouTube (found below.)  We also talked about his new merchandise which is available also available now (which is attached below). 
October 01, 2020
Why do we love Music? (Feat. Jenna Brown)
I sat down with Jenna Brown to discuss why we love music. We talked about Bands that Perform Acoustic Music, John Williams and Much more! Go check it out!
October 01, 2020
Stephen Ryan
We sat down with new music educator Stephen Ryan who discussed, "Music in our Schools," Pandemic Edition. Stephen explains why we need to be present with students and give them the motivation to be successful. You will also want to stick around to hear him nail his music history quiz!
September 29, 2020
Be Creative In Our Pursuits During the Pandemic (Feat. Nicole Murray)
We sit down with Nicole Murray to discuss why we need to start chamber ensembles, and be creative as a musician during the pandemic. She also reveals her new chamber ensemble with a feline twist...
September 29, 2020
Ujjal Bhattacharyya
We sat down with Ujjal Bhattacharyya to discuss what performances are like during COVID, what it is like to collaborate with composers, and the practical nature of becoming an online teacher in this day and age.
September 25, 2020
Hello Dolly!
I sat down with my co-host, Hunter Sigona to do a deep dive into the acclaimed musical, Hello Dolly! Hello, Dolly! is a 1964 musical with lyrics and music by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart, based on Thornton Wilder's 1938 farce The Merchant of Yonkers, which Wilder revised and retitled The Matchmaker in 1955. The musical follows the story of Dolly Gallagher Levi, a strong-willed matchmaker, as she travels to Yonkers, New York, to find a match for the miserly "well-known unmarried half-a-millionaire" Horace Vandergelder.
September 22, 2020
Julia Wolfe
We sat down with composer Nicko Villane and talked about his admiration for the works of modern composer Julia Wolfe. To hear the music that we discussed with Nicko, here is a link to the pieces:
September 15, 2020
The Impact of COVID-19 on Music Education
We sat down with a previous guest Valerie Nuzzolo to come to reality with the impact of COVID-19 on Music Education.
September 10, 2020
Deep Dive 7: The Responsibilities as a Musician and Imposter Syndrome
In this deep dive, we sat down with previous guest Amy Zuidema to tackle the responsibilities as a musician and the impostor syndrome.
September 08, 2020
Deep Dive 6: Louis Armstrong Pt. 2
In this episode, we dissect the early career of Louis Armstrong in part 2 of a 5 part series with saxophonist, historian, lecturer, and music educator, Chris Coulter. A link to the songs we discussed in this segment:
September 08, 2020
Jessica Small
We sat down with saxophonist and singer, Jessica Small. We discussed why she became a saxophone player; her love of singing and karoake; and her recent move to Florida for her DMA.
September 03, 2020
Coloring in the Melody
We sat down with Nora and Darlene from "Coloring in the Melody" podcast. We discussed their experiences with music education, and we explored themes presented in their podcast, "Our mission is contributing a different voice in topics such as, music, education, faith, and multiculturalism."
September 03, 2020
Deep Dive 5: Igor Stravinsky
Shaun Rimkunas, your co-host, in this deep dive talks about the influential works of Igor Stravinsky and why he left such a large legacy in classical music. Here is the link to the playlist with the songs we discussed:
September 03, 2020
Mike Titlebaum
We sat down with arranger, composer, saxophonist, and band leader Mike Titlebaum. We discussed his role as a professor of jazz at Ithaca College; the way he was introduced to jazz at a young age; and his take on big questions in the music world.
September 01, 2020
Katerina Burton
We sat down with vocalist, Katerina Burton. We explored her time at the Metropolitan Opera; her recent performance of Porgy and Bess (at the Met); and her thoughts on recent events regarding racism, COVID-19, and Cancel Culture. Here is a Spotify Playlist of her picks:
September 01, 2020
Deep Dive 4: Afro-Cuban and Non-European Rhythms
In this podcast, we sat down with Dan Monte, who recently graduated with his master's degree from Rutgers in percussion performance. We discussed the roles of Afro-Cuban and non western music traditions. 
August 27, 2020
Kevin Goren
We sat down with drummer, arranger, producer, and writer Kevin Goren. We discussed his love of being a drummer in a band; what is like to be a successful drummer; and his interesting take on music if it was food...... hypothetically. To hear his picks, listen hear:
August 27, 2020
Deep Dive 3: Louis Armstrong Pt. 1
In this first deep dive in a five part series, we dissect the early career of Louis Armstrong with saxophonist, historian, lecturer, and music educator, Chris Coulter.  To hear his picks of Armstrong's career, listen hear:
August 25, 2020
Elizabeth Rimkunas
I sat down with my mom, who talked about her experiences growing up the 70's music scene, and falling in love with her kids' interests in music. Here is the link to her picks:
August 25, 2020
Mike Piraneo
We sat down with clarinetist and music educator, Mike Piraneo. We discussed his new fatherhood, his interest in music of a variety of cultures, and the thoughts of Post-COVID life as a teacher. Here is the link to his picks:
August 20, 2020
Janet Rosen
We sat down with oboist, music educator, and professional musician, Janet Rosen. We discussed her classical background as an oboist; her interest in jazz, funk, and folk music; and why she is in demand as a freelance oboist with groups throughout the state of Connecticut. Here is the link to her picks:
August 20, 2020
Deep Dive 2: Film Music
Welcome to a special version of Music Speaks. Today we will do a deep dive into movie music. There are great composers who create a connection between media and music. I sat down with my friend Ryan Fellman, who returns to Music Speaks to talk about his relationship with film music. Here is the playlist to his picks:
August 18, 2020
Deep Dive 1: Into The Woods
Into the Woods is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. The musical intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault fairy tales, exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. The main characters are taken from "Little Red Riding Hood", "Jack and the Beanstalk", "Rapunzel", and "Cinderella", as well as several others. Original Cast Recording - Bernadette Peters, Chip Zien, Joanna Gleason, etc. Hunter Sigona, Your Co-Host, will be discussing his favorite musical and discuss the messages that are conveyed in this show. Here is the link to the album:
August 18, 2020
Everett Rende
We sat down with theatrical designer, Everett Rende. We discussed his love of theatrical design, which involves lightening design, technical design, stage management, production management, and master electrical work. We also discussed his work as a freelance photographer and work with video editing for the Punk Rock group Neverkept. To hear his song picks, visit this Spotify Playlist:
August 13, 2020
Tyler Suarez
We sat down with new podcast host of "Melody Machines," Tyler Suarez. We discussed his love of ambient music and the universal question: is there a true difference between music and noise? To hear Tyler's picks, visit this Spotify playlist:
August 13, 2020
Emilie Begnino
We sat down with violinist, music educator, and Suzuki specialist, Emilie Begnino. We discussed her new move to Halifax, Nova Scotia and her new job teaching violin and viola to younger students. To hear Emelie's playlist, visit this Spotify Playlist:
August 11, 2020
Michael Stern and Mike Salamone
We sat down with close friends, Michael Stern and Mike Salamone. We explored how they cherished their time together at Ithaca College; how music created a strong bond; and why they are best friends for life. To hear their picks, here is the playlist: Final Song - "Ithaca Forever" (
August 11, 2020
Monica Ramich
We sat down with vocalist and music educator, Monica Ramich. We discussed how she transitioned to become an online educator; her growing faith; and tips to overcome stage fright. If you want to listen to her song choices, here is a Spotify Playlist of them:
August 06, 2020
Matt Bader
We sat down with actor, singer, writer, and producer, Matt Bader. We explored his vast music interests such as Star Wars, F-Zero,  and the age old defining question, "Where is Matt Bader?" If you want to here his song choices, here is a Spotify Playlist to them:
August 04, 2020
Aaron Burgess
We sat down with conductor, Aaron Burgess. We discussed his love of wind band; his love of the Ithaca College Trombone Troupe; and his work in the Ithaca/Tompkins County area. To hear his song choices, here is a Spotify Playlist of them:
August 04, 2020
Catherine J. Kondi
We sat down with vocalist and music educator, Catherine Kondi. We discussed her new K-12 general music teaching position, her love of country music, and her experiences abroad in her Undergraduate studies. Check out Catherine's Playlist:
July 30, 2020
Christopher Fotis
In this episode, We talked with baritone, Christopher Fotis. Chris brought us a playlist that was diverse in style, theme, and message.
July 30, 2020
Annie Stachura and Karlie Lynn Zabin
We sat down with Annie and Karlie to discuss their schooling, career, their own podcast, musical tastes, and their love of theater.
July 28, 2020
Joel Kayser
We sat down with trumpeter and jazz pianist, Joel Kayser. We discussed his love of marching band, his wide musical taste, and the way he discovers new music.
July 28, 2020
Gabriella Sigona
We sat down with Gabriella Sigona and talked about her musical tastes with 10 songs of her choosing. Then, we quizzed her on her knowledge of musical theater and video game music.
July 23, 2020
Chris Coletti
We sat down with former Canadian Brass member and current Ithaca College trumpet professor, Chris Coletti. We discussed how to grow in the music business and his growth into larger roles as a musician.
July 21, 2020
Raul Dominguez
We sat down with choral conductor, Raul Dominguez. We discussed his first year of his DMA studies at Colorado Boulder and his job as assistant artistic director for the Gay Men's Chorus of Denver.
July 16, 2020
Brett Boles
We sat down with director, mentor, and teacher Brett Boles. We discussed his relationship to theater; his musical Foreverman; and his involvement in theater as a director, actor, writer, composer, producer, and musician.
July 16, 2020
Julia Ilea
We sat down with actress and singer Julia Ilea. We discussed her love of the theater arts and mental health advocacy.
July 11, 2020
Kevin Lam
My new co-host Hunter Sigona and I sat down with French horn player and music educator Kevin Lam. We discussed his love of marching band and his 10th year as a music educator.
July 07, 2020
Matt Brockman
I sat down with trumpeter and arranger, Matt Brockman. We discussed his position in the Army Band and his new arrangements on YouTube with many of his friends and colleagues.
July 05, 2020
Dr. Kim Dunnick
I sat down with former trumpet professor at Ithaca College, Kim Dunnick. We talked about his career, his retirement, and new-found interests.
June 26, 2020
Grace & Elise Rimkunas
I sat down with my sisters, Grace and Elise, to discuss how music bonds people together.
June 26, 2020
Molly Moran
I sat down with saxophonist, Molly Moran and discussed her love of college pep band and how she will reframe the future for post COVID-19 related incidents while studying epistemology in London.
June 26, 2020
Andrew Kim
I sat down with conductor Andrew Kim, to discuss his love of orchestra and conducting.
June 26, 2020
Matt Johnson
I sat down with actor and singer, Matt Johnson. We discussed his high school acting career; love of vocal pedagogy; and his recent study of opera.
June 26, 2020
Valerie Nuzzolo
I sat down with friend and clarinetist, Valerie Nuzzolo. We discussed her love of collaborating with musicians and her work at Michigan State University as a DMA student in clarinet performance.
June 26, 2020
Michael Stern
I sat down with trumpeter, conductor, and arranger Michael Stern. We discussed growing up in Ithaca, NY as an up and coming musician and his Master's studies at the University of Michigan.
June 26, 2020
Nicole Murray
I sat down with flautist, Nicole Murray. We talked about her interest in new music and her new group Liminal Spaces.
June 26, 2020
Shaun Rimkunas
I sat down with my friend Hunter Sigona in this flipped interview. We talked about my choice to become a trumpet player; my career path as a musician; and my eclectic musical playlist. 
June 26, 2020
Dan Yapp
I sat down with jazz trumpeter, and composer Dan Yapp. We discussed his relationship with jazz music and his next steps as a growing musician.
June 26, 2020
Erica Ferguson
I sat down with Erica Ferguson and discussed her interest in opera and her recent direction of OperaTerps
June 11, 2020
Chris Coulter
I had the pleasure to sit down and talk to Chris Coulter, who discussed his discovery of jazz at a young age and his band.
June 10, 2020
Alex Tolle
I sat down with Alex Tolle and talked about her relationship to musical theater and her job working at Everyman Theater in Baltimore, MD.
June 10, 2020
Robert Reynolds-Turnage
I sat down with my friend Robert Reynolds Turnage (or Pawbert, as his dog pronounces his name) to discuss his love of singing and his classical piano background.
June 10, 2020
Muse Ye
 I sat down with Muse Ye and discussed the origin of her piano playing up to her current graduate studies at Ithaca College.
June 10, 2020
Jenna Rizzo
I sat down with Jenna Rizzo. We discussed her love of theater; current COVID life; and her eclectic tastes in music.
June 10, 2020
Amy Zuidema
 I sat down with my friend, Amy Zuidema. We talked about her childhood; choosing the clarinet; and falling in love with contemporary music.
June 10, 2020
Oliver Scott
I sat down with my friend, Oliver Scott. We discussed his love of jazz; his piano upbringing; and his role in the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers.
June 09, 2020
Alyssa Comeau
I had the chance to sit down with Alyssa Comeau, and talk religion, Christian rock, metal, and wind band music in this insightful and engaging interview!
June 09, 2020
Robert Kinzler
I sat down with Robert Kinzler in this smart and nostalgic interview. We discussed our pasts in high school and our time together in marching band. He also talks about High School Shaun.
June 09, 2020
Nicko Villane
In this episode, I sat down with Nicholas Villane who discussed his first ever composition at 9 and how his music interests span across many genres.
June 09, 2020
Angela King and Marissa Plati
In this episode, I got to interview roommates, Angela King and Marissa Plati, in this intelligent and hilarious interview! Angela is a trumpet grad student at Ithaca College, and Marissa is a vocalist grad student at Ithaca College.
June 09, 2020
Matt Flores
In this episode, I sat down with resident Texan, friend, and trombonist Matt Flores. We discussed his involvement in his new band and life post-grad school.
June 09, 2020
Mike Salamone
In this episode, I sat down with educator, friend, and musician Mike Salamone. We discussed his early teaching career in middle school and adapting to online teaching.
June 09, 2020
Mike Blutman
In this episode, I interviewed one of my trumpet professors, Michael Blutman, a freelance trumpet player. We discussed life after COVID-19 and his new hope of teaching early music education.
June 09, 2020
Elise Rimkunas
I got to interview my younger sister Elise Rimkunas, challenging her pop music trivia knowledge in this hilarious interview.
June 09, 2020
Nick Harriau
I sat down with my old friend Nick Harriau who discussed his new job at Clifford Beers; his love of Linkin Park; and how music has influenced his life.
June 09, 2020
Ryan Fellman
I sat down with Ryan Fellman to discuss his love of teaching; choral conducting; and chasing his DMA degree.
June 09, 2020
Hunter Sigona
I sat down with Hunter Sigona to discuss his Italian heritage and love teaching.
June 09, 2020
Grace Rimkunas
I sat down with my sister Grace Rimkunas to discuss her new found interest in arts administration; her love of marching band and winter percussion; and her passion for music making with students.
June 09, 2020