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Posted: 21 Jan 2021 02:30 AM PST

Susan Alexander found a way to fill the "big, depressing hole in your life where playing music with other people used to be"—a hole caused by this year's official restrictions on in-person gatherings to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. That hole grew smaller when this avocational Maryland pianist discovered JamKazam, one of several free music-making software programs that nearly eliminate the annoying lag time in sound transmission that occurs when musicians try to make music together on Zoom or Skype.

"I'm now as busy playing chamber music as I was pre-pandemic," she wrote in a how-to guide she created for JamKazam that she posted on the website of the DC Concert Orchestra Society. She also emailed her guide to ACMP (Associated Chamber Music Players), a group for fellow avocational chamber music enthusiasts. ACMP's new executive director, Stephanie Griffin, had received emails this summer from other members who sang the praises of Jamulus, another low lag-time program. "I've never been a technology buff," said Griffin, a professional violist. "I didn't know about these programs." She quickly sent out a survey to ACMP members to learn more.

The ACMP survey showed that nearly 30 percent of the more than 150 survey respondents were playing chamber music online, with JamKazam and Jamulus the two most popular programs used; a few also tried another option, SoundJack. Most respondents who weren't yet making music online said they wanted to learn how, but fear of technology was holding them back. So Griffin set a new goal for ACMP, at least for the remaining months of the pandemic: to provide information on how to use online music-making programs.

To help overcome musicians' tech fears, Griffin invited online players to join a Technology Task Force to tutor other ACMP members with the set-up process. Griffin has now successfully mastered JamKazam and Jamulus herself and plans to tackle SoundJack, Sonobus, JackTrip, and others. Because instructions on the programs' websites can be challenging reading for non-techies, Griffin posted Susan Alexander's JamKazam user guide on the public part of the ACMP website, making it available to ACMP's 2,500 members worldwide, as well as to others. Griffin also posted a Jamulus guide and plans to roll out guides for other programs and host informational webinars.

A computer is required for these programs. Recommended extras—whose combined cost can range from $100 to $300—include wired earphones, a microphone, an audio interface device to adjust sound quality, and an ethernet cable for a stronger internet connection than wifi. However, Maryland singer Suzanne Epstein just uses her computer's mic and doesn't have an audio interface. Even so, she is able to make music via JamKazam with others in Maryland and Colorado.

"Cellist Mike Tietz … tried Jamulus this spring: 'I had absolutely no audio knowledge, but with help from others, I'm now a "regular" online.'"

Violist Phyllis Kaiden, one of ACMP's volunteer tutors, uses both JamKazam and Jamulus. A retired Seattle librarian with experience writing software, it still took her a while to master the programs this spring, while playing online with a friend in Canada. She invited local friends to join her. "When the weather was nice, they preferred to gather in backyards. Recently, as the weather turned bad, they've been more interested," she said. "I've had luck getting people set up in half an hour. More frequently, it's two hours." Even those with no tech background catch on quickly, including cellist Mike Tietz, a retired New York lawyer who tried Jamulus this spring: "I had absolutely no audio knowledge, but with help from others, I'm now a 'regular' online."

There are differences among the programs in how online playing occurs. With JamKazam, a player creates a session and invites others to join. With Jamulus, players can use public servers that anyone can join at any time. Kaiden didn't like the idea of people barging in on a private session, so she created her own server—not an easy task. Her tech background helped. She lets others, including a local orchestra, use her server to set up their own Jamulus sessions.

Long before the pandemic, many programs already existed, created by tech-savvy musicians. When social-distancing rules arrived, the programs were updated and rolled out in a big way to help musicians stay connected. Most programs use open-sourced software that keeps being updated.

After the pandemic ends, some may stop playing online, but Kaiden said she'll definitely keep on with her Canadian friend. Mike Tietz will probably still play with the friends around the world he met through Jamulus. So will Susan Alexander, who noted that playing online "might make it easier to rehearse" with local musicians when post-pandemic schedules get crowded again.

As recommended by musicians:

Below is information on several of the free programs with low lag times that allow real-time online music-making, as recommended by the musicians in this blog post. Most are audio only because displaying video images uses too much Internet bandwidth. All have Facebook pages where fans share advice.

Jamulus: In 2006, German music professor Volker Fisher created Jamulus to play with members of his rock band who moved to other cities, according to a SourceForge article. The Concordia Quartet has created how-to videos for Jamulus, as has avocational violinist Tom Frenkel.

JamKazam: In 2014, Austin, Texas, cloud-based-gaming executive David Wilson received a grant to develop JamKazam, which he was inspired to create in order to play with a brother in Dallas. A Go Fund Me campaign this year raised money to further lower the program's lag time.

SoundJack: Dr. Alexander Carôt, a German professor of media computer science who plays bass in rock and jazz bands, created SoundJack in 2009 and has kept updating it. In 2020, New England Conservatory students began writing an English manual for it.

JackTrip: In 2000, Stanford University music professor Chris Chafe and colleagues developed JackTrip to let university music groups around the world perform together. In 2020, they began adapting the software to work on home computers.

Sonobus: This was created by musician and software engineer Jesse Chappell, Sonosaurus LLC, who has developed other music apps. Sonobus works using a computer, but, unlike some programs, it can also work on an iPhone or iPad that runs Apple iOS 11 or newer.  

Jammr: This differs from the others in being "designed for improvising together to a chord progression," not for playing a specific piece of chamber music. There is a free beta version, as well as a paid-for Premium version.

Feature image: Susan Alexander and friends at their homes in Maryland and Virginia playing chamber music together online via JamKazam. Left to right: Valerie Matthews, Susan Alexander, Michael Casassa. Most are volunteer tutors with ACMP's Technology Task Force. Photo courtesy of Susan Alexander.

ONLINE: UW Graduate Percussion Quartet - Isthmus

Posted: 21 Jan 2021 03:50 PM PST

Mead Witter School of Music livestream concert, via the YouTube page.

media release: Performance at Hamel Music Center I Mead Witter Foundation Concert Hall. No in-person attendance.



Torched and Wrecked       David Skidmore

The Lonlyness of Santa Claus       Fredrik Andersson

Babybot       Andrea Mazzarielo

Nagoya Marimbas       Steve Reich

Extremes       Jason Treuting

Two WIU Theatre Grads Win Prestigious Performances in Online Broadway Concert Series - Western Illinois University News

Posted: 21 Jan 2021 07:20 AM PST

Two WIU Theatre Grads Win Prestigious Performances in Online Broadway Concert Series

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MACOMB, IL – Two recent Western Illinois University alumni have been featured as winners on a national, online concert series, which showcases exceptional singers.

Logan Edris, a 2019 musical theatre graduate, of Milford, IL, and Sam Bonzi, a 2018 musical theatre graduate, of Rockford, IL, were chosen for highlight by Broadway personality Seth Rudetsky, who hosts a weekly online concert series for

The series features performances by a variety of Broadway stars, with many of the concerts featuring an online "sing-off" where Rudetsky asks listeners to submit videos of themselves singing one of the featured stars' most iconic songs. Rudetsky chooses a winner from hundreds of submissions each week, and plays their submission video live on the concert series.

Edris sang "You Ain't Never Had a Friend Like Me," performed by Tony Award-winner James Monroe Inglehart, who was the Genie in the original Broadway production of "Aladdin." Bonzi performed "The Wizard and I," by Tony Award-winner Stephanie J. Block of "Wicked."

Since graduating from Western, Edris has been cast in two professional theatre productions, both of which were unfortunately cancelled because of COVID-19.

"While waiting for theaters to open back up, I have been teaching music at the grade school and high school level, teaching voice lessons, helping with dance classes at a nearby studio, and directing a musical at a high school near me," said Edris.

Because performing as the Genie in "Aladdin" is a "dream role" for Edris, he said he decided to submit a video for Rudetsky's concert series.

"Ever since I was a child, I have been in love with the Genie," he said. "To be able to make people laugh, sing and dance was a dream for me. So when I heard that Seth was having a concert with James Monroe Iglehart, the original Genie on Broadway, and the song to submit was 'Friend Like Me,' I knew I had to submit a video."

Edris said he learned of his win while watching the concert series and he later received an email from the show's producer. He said he has heard from family and friends, and his Instagram followers, about his win.

It is the confidence he learned as a student in the WIU Department of Theatre and Dance that Edris approaches his career with.

"There is only one 'me' in this world and no one can act, sing, and dance exactly the same way I do," he said. "Each person in this world brings something special to the table, and we have to walk in with our heads high saying, 'I got this.' As the great (WIU Associate Professor) Lysa Fox would say, Nothing is going to blow up, no one is going to die. Just do it.'

After graduating from WIU, Bonzi moved to Chicago and earned a role as the title character in the musical, "Eleanor's Very Merry Christmas Wish," based on a book by Denise McGowan-Tracey. Performances of the show during this past holiday season were halted because of the pandemic. She hopes to move to New York City when the nation is medically safer.

Bonzi decided to create a submission for Rudetsky's concert series because she has always been a fan of Block's work.

"I was lucky enough to be selected as the winner, and Seth played my submission during the concert for Stephanie and all the people watching," she said. "It meant so much to hear Stephanie and Seth review my performance and applaud my efforts. It was truly a humbling moment."

Like Edris, Bonzi learned of her concert series win by watching it live, though she knew she had landed in the top five because of an Instagram story post by Rudetsky prior to the show.

"Knowing that these two Broadway legends had seen my video was enough for me," she said. "Midway through Stephanie's concert, Seth announced me as the winner and I just remember not even believing it. I honestly thought I heard wrong, and I was in complete shock, but of course incredibly grateful."

Since her win, Bonzi has been interviewed by several news outlets, which she is grateful for because she said "it gave many people the opportunity to see what a great school WIU is," and the exposure resulted in a Broadway producer following her on Instagram. It was at WIU where Bonzi said she received the "full package of tools" she needed to succeed in the theatrical field.

"I learned skills that undoubtedly lead to my successes during and after my time there," she said. "I was blessed with so many amazing professors, directors, choreographers, and most importantly, true mentors and friends. I owe so much to my alma mater, and I will forever be grateful for my experiences there."

WIU Associate Professor Lysa Fox called both Edris and Bonzi "very gifted students" that the Bachelor of Fine Arts program is proud to call graduates.

"Samantha had started working consistently in Chicago and Logan was just getting started with some impressive contracts prior to the pandemic," said Fox. "There's clearly great things in store for these artists when our industry gets back up and running. I'm so proud that they are both keeping up their chops."

For more information about the WIU Department of Theatre and Dance, visit

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Obituary for Jerry "Brent" Masters, Roland, AR - Arkansas Online

Posted: 21 Jan 2021 10:17 PM PST

Jerry Brent Masters, age 60, of Roland, Ark., passed away in Little Rock January 19, 2021. Brent was born September 29, 1960, in Mena, Ark., spent several growing up years in Greenville, Texas, but lived the majority of his life in Little Rock.

Brent graduated from McClellan High in 1979 and was a UALR graduate in 1984 with a degree in English. Brent had several passions. He was an Eagle Scout, a leader in the Young Life Organization, leading many busloads of young people to ski in Colorado. He was a big fan of the music group U2, hiked the Ouachita Trail and was an excellent photographer with thousands of images in digital files. Brent worked several years with Concert Staging, traveling the U.S. helping set up outdoor staging systems for music groups, and a few years with Ink Custom Tees as I.T. director.

He was also a big fan of the Chicago Cubs, Indy Car Racing (not NASCAR), and especially NASA and the space program. Of course, Brent's biggest love was for his wife, Marsha, his family and especially his nephews, attending many of their sporting events.

Brent is survived by his wife, Marsha, of Roland; his parents, Jerry and Karen Masters of Bryant; brother, Scott (Janis) of Bryant; brother, Jason of Benton and nephews, Taylor (Katy) of Hot Springs, Dylan (Alyssa) of Fayetteville and Austin of Denver, Colo.; a great-nephew, Sanford of Fayetteville; his mother-in-law, Zela Mae Strange of Roland; brother-in-law, Sam Strange (Anita); several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his father-in-law, Sammie Strange; grandparents, T.C. & Helen Masters of Mena; and C.H. Ross of Wickes.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grace Church, 12900 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, Arkansas 72223, or charity of your choice.

Funeral service will be held 10:00 am Saturday, January 23, 2021 at Smith Little Rock Funeral Home, 8801 Knoedl Court. Burial will follow at 2:30 pm at Pinecrest Cemetery in Mena, Ark. COVID-19 directives will be followed-masks will be required and provided, and social distancing will be enforced. Online guestbook at

Published January 22, 2021

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