Wednesday, December 26, 2012

A great time at Midwest Clinic

You never know whom you might meet at The Midwest Clinic. I had the distinct pleasure of meeting composer Albert Wang, who wrote this lovely grade 1 piece, which was performed AT the clinic. Here is the link to the performance: Lijiang River Landscape

We spoke for a long time, about everything from teaching music to yoga and philosophy. Truly made my day. This man really understands the string sound, not just the technique of string playing but the physics behind what makes an orchestra sound great. I hope you will take the time to listen to his other works published by LudwigMasters. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Well, they are finally in print. Six new chamber music publications, now known as Latham Editions, from LudwigMasters Publications. Here are detailed descriptions of each of them or go to

About International Folk Songs: Score and parts $15.95, Grade 2, Product #50783001
Arranged by Catherine McMichael
Here’s a terrific selection of folk songs from the U.S., Brazil, China, Germany, Japan, Korea, and Russia, with a wide variety of styles. The string parts use fun techniques like col legnoglissandopizzicato, and even some clapping. The violin part uses first position throughout. The cello does shift and position work is clearly marked. All of the parts are playable by second year students.
  1. Katak Lampat (Jump, Little Frog!) - Indonesian
  2. Oh! Susanna - American (Stephen Foster)
  3. Samba Atirei o Pau ao Gato (Don't Throw Sticks at the Cat!) - Brazilian
  4. Engel Nacht (Angel Night) - German
  5. Katyusha (Little Katya, or Katie) - Russian
  6. Lotus Medley (Sakura, Ahrirang, Descendants of the Dragon) - Japanese, Korean and Chinese

About Ten Miniatures for String Quartet: Score and parts $15.95, Grade 2.5-3, Product #50703002
Arranged by Gene Milford and Lynne Latham
Selected from Chaminade’s two Albums for the Young, these charmingly melodic salon pieces have been lovingly arranged by Milford and Latham. They’ve been edited for intermediate players, but are also appropriate for professional gigs. The collection features a nice variety of keys, meters, and styles.

About Jewish Wedding Music for String Quartet: Score and parts $20.95, Grade 3-4, Product #50703004
Arranged by Steven Rosenhaus
Enhance your next performance or wedding gig, Jewish or not, with this collection that takes you from the altar to the last dance.
  1. Bobover Wedding March
  2. Freylekhs fun der Khupe (Dances from the Wedding Canopy)
  3. Havenu Shalom Aleichem
  4. Hava Nagila
  5. Siman Tov, Mazel Tov
  6. Mezinka
  7. A New Misirlou
  8. Waves of the Danube (Donauwellon)

About Romantic Masters for String Quartet: Score and parts $21.95, Grade 4-5, Product #50703008
Arranged by Lynne Latham
Here is a luscious selection of works suitable for advanced students or professionals. There is some higher violin 1 work, an active viola part, and the cello has some passages using tenor clef.
  1. Menuetto I and II from "Serenade for Orchestra, Op. 11 (Bizet)
  2. Polonaise Op. 40 No. 1 (Chopin)
  3. Andante (Schubert)
  4. Adagietto and Minuetto from "L'arlesienne Suite No. 1" (Bizet)
  5. Fugue Op. 161 No. 1 (Saint-Saens)
  6. Alla tedesca from "Symphony No. 3" (Tchaikovsky)

About Five Pieces for String Trio: Score and parts $6.95, Grade 3.5-4, Product #50702001
Arranged by Lynne Latham
These are the famous “Five Pieces” originally composed for oboe, clarinet, and bassoon. The set includes alternate inner parts, either Violin 2 or Viola. These are perfect for high school contest performances, with nice moments for all instruments and challenging ensemble issues.

About Tres danzas populares argentinas: Score and parts $11.95, Grade 4-5, Product #50733001
Michael O'Brien
These three argentinian dances have beautiful melodies and use lots of strumming and other effects to imitate guitar playing. Cross-rhythms and clef use requires four strong players; the upper three parts use bass, tenor, and treble clef.
  1. Carnavalito
  2. Zamba
  3. Chacarera

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Well it's been over a month since I've posted anything, so it's about time for an update. My contract with Lorenz/Latham Music has expired. What does this mean? For me, it means that my association with Lorenz and my former catalog has ceased to exist. There will be no further additions to the Latham Music catalog (at least not from me). For dealers and customers, there will be no change. Everything published under Latham Music and Lorenz will still be available at and from dealers worldwide.

So what is new? I'm the new string editor for LudwigMasters Publications. There will be plenty more music to come, from me and from most of the composers and arrangers you've come to know and love over the last 20 years. I thank Leon Galison for saving me from the ranks of the unemployed and I look forward to a long and fruitful association with his company. Thankfully, he saw that I still have something to offer this business. I'm not moving, staying right here in NC and working from my home office. I will however be doing more traveling and if you have workshops/clinics, conducting, coaching or state conferences for which you need a clinician, please contact me.

I'm looking forward to starting this new chapter in my life. I have lots of ideas for chamber music and am excited to get moving on those. So, be on the lookout, it won't be long before you will see new music!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Trip to Atlanta

I'm back from ASTA and what a great time was had by all! Attendance was very good and also a great atmosphere because of March Madness. The bars were packed with people cheering on their teams, what fun! Developing Virtuosity is a hit! Many thanks to Amy Marr for getting THAT ball rolling, using the books in her eclectic strings session. I found out later that there were quite a few sessions that highlighted Latham publications, resulting in strong sales of even older publications in the booth. I'm very grateful to have such wonderful colleagues, fans of the publications, and dear old friends. Thanks for all the hugs and support. I particularly want to thank Bruce Bush for his wisdom and compassion. He emphasized that I should view my situation as a layoff or downsizing. What a smart man! Thanks to my coauthor Gayley Hautzenroeder for working her TAIL off at the method end of the booth while I helped customers with the chamber music. Thanks to Thom Sharp (sorry about Ohio U, but wasn't it great they made UNC sweat?) for his snazzy original compositions that make Developing Virtuosity pop! Every time I played Big Bad Boogie, I gathered a smiling crowd, who would bop along! I'm am so very lucky to have had so many talented people contribute to the Latham catalog over the years. I've developed a new "attitude of gratitude." My current situation can not negate the past success of a company that started with 9 publications for cello ensemble and grew into something that could produce a publication like Developing Virtuosity!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


Let me just clarify that I'm still employed until 4/30/12. If anyone has leads on strings students, coaching, workshops, clinics or anything else having to do with string performance (including weddings or gigs) in the Piedmont Triad area, my summer is completely clear. If you need music engraving or string editing done, Finale or Sibelius files cleaned up to look FABULOUS.....I'm your woman! Thanks.

Rantings of an unemployed editor

Welcome to my blog. I've never done this before, as I've never really considered anything I have to say all that important.  But, having lost my position as editor of Latham Music, I wanted a venue to keep people posted about what is happening. Thus, blog created. I'm headed to ASTA in Atlanta this week, can't wait to see everyone. Very excited about the new method, Developing Virtuosity. I'm hoping it will be the next Suzuki method!