Modern Notebook for June 7: Special Marathon 2

This week’s Modern Notebook is another special edition of the show highlighting artists whose livelihoods have been disrupted by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Tyler Kline will share music from 23 composers, plus ways that you can support them and others at this time. Listen Sunday night from 8 to 10 on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9.



June 7, 2020 program

Hour 1

  • Song of Solace by Nicholas Yandell, performed by cellist Micah Claffey. Check out more of Yandell’s music at
  • Donna McKevitt’s Translucence, a vocal trio work featuring Melanie Pappenheim, Kelly McCusker, and Donna McKevitt. More of McKevitt’s music can be heard at
  • A work for piano and electronics by Liam Carey titled Nothing New. Listen to recordings and check out sheet music of Carey’s music on his site,
  • Lure by Conner Simmons, featuring voice soloist Samantha Sugrue, violinist Victoria Klaunig, violist Nathaniel Martin, and cellist Marc Rodriguez. More of Simmons’ music can be found at
  • Tenor Saxophonist Andrew Hosler performs Zachary McDonald’s Poem #2. Hosler has released an EP of music written, web-premiered, and/or performed online during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. Proceeds from this EP will be donated to the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Response Fund! Listen at
  • An acapella work by Shruthi Rajasekar titled Numbers. Listen to more of Rajasekar’s music at and people can get in touch if they’re interested in the piece.

  • 2178 by Yaz Lancaster, performed by violinist Connie Li. Lancaster is online at and on Instagram @yeehawyaz.
  • Mavis MacNeil’s Trace, read by members of the Beo String Quartet. Find out more about MacNeil and listen to her music at
  • Multi-tracked double bass music by Scott Worthington: Quintet (after Feldman). Check out more of Worthington’s music and album releases at
  • The third movement from Heather Stebbins Riven, performed by the group Loadbang. Listen to more of Stebbins’ music at
  • Flutist Robin Meiksins performs Fox Wedding by Erich Barganier. Hear more of Barganier’s music on his website,

Hour 2

  • Clarinetist Andy Hudson performs Rosśa Crean’s No Eyes for Kaldowski from Hellville. You can listen to more of Crean’s music at
    Their opera “The Great God Pan” is available through Navona Records Naxos at all digital outlets, and they are currently working on an album of miniatures called “a lonely voice in these haunted rooms: songs from quarantine,” which is being recorded at the haunted Lakeside Inn in Lakeside, Michigan.
  • John Sturt’s Birds at Winter Nightfall performed by soprano Vanessa Frampton, cellist Eliane Soedirman, and pianist Carolina Cury. Sturt’s music can be found on his website,, as well as on Spotify and Soundcloud.
General Artist Funds

The following is a list of ongoing artist relief funds accepting donations to distribute to composers and performers affected by the COVID-19 crisis:

  • New Music USA New Music Solidarity Fund. The New Music Solidarity Fund is designed to help new/creative/improvised music freelancers whose livelihood has been threatened as a result of performances which have been canceled during the COVID-19 crisis. The Fund was started by a group of musicians in the new music community who have raised over $130,000 in a week, primarily from fellow musicians, composers, and music professionals. This has now grown to $270,000 which will enable us to support up to 540 performers. Click here to read more and donate.
  • Artist Relief Tree. A relief fund for artists affected by cancellations due to COVID-19. Click here to read more and make a donation.
  • Artly World Nonprofit. “Imagine losing your main source of your income with no warning in one swift blow—left with bills to pay, a family to support, and inability to afford critical necessities, such as food, medicine, and utilities. With arts events, concerts, and productions being cancelled in cities across the nation, this is the reality that many artists, musicians, and performers are facing. Their livelihoods dependent on live events and face-to-face interactions, many have unexpectedly lost their main source of income and were not financially prepared for the repercussions of this unprecedented crisis.” Donate here.
  • The Soze Agency. “This fund, created by The Soze Foundation, TaskForce and Invisible Hand, supports artists + activists whose work has been impacted by COVID-19. We have received 6,148 applications and have distributed $150,000 in grants to over 500 artists + activists. We hope to support more applicants, but we need to raise more money.” Click here to donate.
  • Artist Relief Project. The recent global health crisis has had a huge impact on the arts industry. Artists, musicians, and performers dependent on live events and face-to-face interactions have lost their main source of income, and it is uncertain when (and if) they will be able to resume their livelihood as normal. Now is the time to give back to these artists, musicians, and performers, who contribute so much to the joy, vibrancy, and quality of our lives and culture. The Artist Relief Project is collecting donations from those with the means to help. Funds will support artists in any discipline, who have been directly impacted by event cancellations and venue closures due to COVID19-related health concerns. The funds raised will offer relief to artists in the immediate short term in the form of a one-time stipend and in the long term in the form of resources for alternative, sustainable economic opportunities. Click here to donate.

If you are aware of any artist relief initiatives accepting donations at this time, please let Tyler know via email.

Modern Notebook is hosted by WSMR’s Tyler Kline, and is a program that highlights music composed since the Mid-20th Century, with a special focus on the music of living composers.