Erin Freeman published this review of Anne Mischakoff Heiles’s book America’s Concertmasters in American Music, Volume 27, Number 1 in Spring 2009:
“In America’s Concertmasters, Anne Mischakoff Heiles presents the reader with in-depth, informative, and at times entertaining glimpses into the lives, passions, and philosophies of the concertmasters of twelve major North American orchestras. The daughter of Mischa Mischakoff, the concertmaster of the Chicago, Detroit, and NBC symphonies, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New York Symphony Society, Heiles has a self-acknowledged reverence for the concert-master position and the men and women who have held it, which reveals itself in subjective statements such as “Instead of hardnosed cynicism, Dicterow has disarming charm” (377) and, in speaking of Joseph Silverstein, “A more tactful concertmaster cannot be found” (62). The 564-page tome, however, is not simply an enthusiastic espousal of the position Heiles’ father held for so many years, but is also a well-researched, exhaustively cited, and ultimately readable history of one of the most prominent positions in the classical music world…” READ FULL REVIEW
Erin Freeman’s article “Chorus vs. Orchestra Some Preliminary Thoughts” appeared in Podium Notes, the Conductor’s Guild’s online publication on February 2, 2010.
“It’s seven o’clock on a Tuesday night. I dismiss the 80 players of the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra, pack up my briefcase, breeze past parents eager to speak to me about their child’s choice of college, grab my sandwich out of the fridge, run four blocks to my car, drive down the highway while eating my sandwich, and hopefully arrive at Richmond Symphony Chorus rehearsal in enough time to brief the section leaders, review warm-ups with the pianist, and greet the 110 dedicated vocal volunteers before the 7:30 downbeat…” Read the entire article here.