Subject: (fwd) - FAQ
Archive-name: music/performing/faq
Last-modified: 29 March 1995
Version: 1.18

Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers)

* This is a monthly posting which attempts to address some of the
questions most frequently asked in
The term `FAQ' is used henceforth to refer to this posting.

[Contributions to this FAQ are always welcome, whether they be
complete articles or simply minor additions to one of the existing
sections. Furthermore, corrections are always appreciated as it is
desired to keep the FAQ up-to-date and error-free. To contribute
in any way, simply send email to the address at the foot of the


1. What is
2. How do I post to
3. Addresses of sheet music suppliers
4. Some suggestions for combating performance anxiety
5. Addresses of recommended instrument suppliers/manufacturers
6. Over-use Syndrome (tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome etc.)
7. Organisations for performers
8. Recommended reading
9. Useful electronic mailing lists
A. How to contribute to this FAQ

* Since version 1.16a, new mailing lists have been added to section
9; additions have been made to sections 3, 5 and 8; also one or
two minor corrections.


1. What is is a Usenet newsgroup intended for
people who are involved in or interested in the performance of
classical music (or closely-related genres), at any level and in
any capacity. (If you are unsure what the terms `Usenet' and
`newsgroup' mean, I suggest you read the articles in
news.announce.newusers before reading any further - ask someone
at your site if you have trouble finding this.) The fortnightly
posting `Welcome to!' includes a
more detailed charter for the newsgroup and it is strongly
suggested that you read that article before posting anything to
the group. There is also a fortnightly posting `Which Classical
Newsgroup? (FAQ)' which should help potential posters decide
which group best suits their requirements.


2. How do I post to

Posting to is accomplished as for
any other unmoderated newsgroup. It would be helpful if posters
would bear in mind the following guidelines:

- Always use an informative subject line; in particular, change
the subject line on a thread which is going off-topic to
something more appropriate.

- Keep cross-posting to a minimum; make judicious use of the
`Followup-To' field where cross-posting is necessary.

- Edit quoted material to a minimum but, at the same time, keep
articles as self-contained as possible.

- Perhaps most importantly, take time to prepare an article
before posting it to the net and ask yourself whether an email
message may be more appropriate when replying to a previous

These guidelines are generally applicable and part of standard
`netiquette' (for further advice on posting, see the group
news.announce.newusers.). Do not be discouraged from posting to!


3. Addresses of sheet music suppliers

- in Canada:
Music Store of the Royal Conservatory of Music 416/978-3773
273 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario

International Music Sales { 416/920-3118
131 Bloor Street West { FAX 416/920-8778
2nd Floor, The Colonnade
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1R1

Ward Music, Vancouver, British Columbia 604/682-5288

- in France:
Muse Galante
? Rue Legendre (just below Avenue de Cliche)
17e Arrondissement
(very good stock of out-of-print sheet music)

- in the Netherlands:
Broekmans & Van Poppel { +31 20 6628084
PO Box 5228 { +31 20 6796575
(large supplier of sheet music - have a shop at Van
Baerlestraat 92-94, Amsterdam - specialise in Dutch
contemporary music - carry everything from Donemus)

- in Norway:
Norsk Musikkforlag AS
PO Box 1499 Vika
N-0116 OSLO

Norwegian Music Information Centre { +47 22 429090
Tollbugt. 28 { FAX +47 22 429091
N-0157 OSLO
(good source of information about Norwegian
contemporary music as well as a supplier of not-
yet-printed music - free catalogues covering
various topics)

- in Switzerland:
Jecklin Musikhaus { 01/261 77 33
am Pfauen { FAX 01/251 41 02
8024 Zuerich 1

- in the United Kingdom:
Blackwell's Music Shop +44 (0) 1865 792792
Holywell Street x4452
(very good stock - if they don't have something, they
will usually get it very quickly from the publisher
- also stock CD's)

- in the United States:
Baxter Northrop Music 818/872-0756
14452 Ventura Boulevard
Sherman Oaks, California

Belmont Music (Schoenberg specialists) 310/454-1867

Belwin, Inc.
15800 NW 48th Avenue
Miami, Florida 33014

The Boston Music Company { 617/426-5100
172 Tremont Street { FAX 617/695-9142
Boston Massachusetts 02111
(occupies its own four-storey building - chaotic
and idiosyncratic filing system - also a branch
in Cambridge)

Byron Hoyt { 415/431-8055
2525 16th Street { 1-800/477-8055
San Francisco, California

Concordia, St Louis, Missouri 1-800-325-3040
Dale Music 800/779-6874

Dover Publications, Inc.
31 East 2nd Street
Mineola, New York 11501

Eble Music 319/338-0313
Euro-American, Rental Department 215/648-0506

Carl Fisher pno, voc, instr 212/677-0821
62 Cooper Square band, orch, chor 212/677-1148
New York City, New York 10003
(shop and publisher)

Fleisher Collection 215/686-5316
Foreign Music Distributors 914/469-5790

Frank Music Company 212/582-1999
250 West 54th Street, Room 302
New York City, New York 10019
(has a fuller stock than many other shops, but
not set up for browsing)

Theodore Front Musical Literature { 818/994-1902
16122 Cohasset St { FAX 818/994-0419
Van Nuys, California 91406

Guitar Solo { 415/306-0395
1411 Clement Street { 415/386-7660
San Francisco, California 94118
(huge selection for classical guitar, including
hundreds of pieces for guitar and other instruments)

House of Musical Traditions { 301/270-9090
7040 Carroll Avenue { FAX 301/270-3010
Takoma Park, Maryland 20912

Jerona Music { 201/488-0550
{ FAX 201/836-7927

Robert King Music Sales, Inc. FAX 508/238-2571
140 Main Street
North Easton, Massachusetts 02356

Margo Muler 617/332-6398

Melody Lane { 800/696-8863
532 Ramona { 415/323-5791
Palo Alto, California

Music Expresso 617/424-9322
Music Mart 800/545-6204

NY Public Library 212/870-1625
Performing Arts Department
Lincoln Center
Manhattan, New York
(also Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn)

Masters Music Publications, Inc.
PO Box 810157
Boca Raton, Florida 33481-0157

Organ Literature Foundation 1-617/848-1388
45 Norfolk Road
Braintree, Massachusetts 02184-5918

Oxford University Press 800/334-4249

Joseph Patelson Music House 212/582-5840
160 West 56th Street
New York City, New York

JW Pepper & Son { 215/648-0504
PO Box 850 { FAX 215/993-0563
Valley Forge, PA 19482
attn: Charles Slater (European American Music Company)

Philadelphia Public Library 215/686-5313

Theodore Presser Company { 812/332-3306
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania 19010-3490 { FAX 610/527-7841
(publisher and US distributor for over { 610/525-3636
60 foreign publishers)

G. Schirmer, Inc. 414/774-3630
c/o Hal Leonard (Distributor)
7777 West Bluemound Road
PO Box 13819
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53213

Shar Music { 313/665-7711
{ 800/248-7427

E.C. Shirmer 617/236-1935

Southern Music Co. 1-800/284-5443
(1100 Broadway)
PO Box 329
San Antonio, Texas 78292-0329

Southwest Strings 800-528-3430
(catalogue available)

University Music Service 1-800-858-3000
PO Box 354
Hershey, Philadelphia 17033
(reliable, inexpensive)

Steve Weiss Music { 215/329-1637
{ 215/324-4355
(major dealer of music for percussion only - carries
most of the significant solo repertoire - also a lot
of method books, ensemble pieces and recordings)

Yesterday Service 617/547-8263
1972 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02140


4. Some suggestions for combating performance anxiety

[When the topic of performance anxiety was first raised in the
newsgroup, a significant number of responses appeared in which
various methods for overcoming stress were suggested. Only a few
of those are represented here - if anyone notices any glaring
omissions, please let me know. - SN]

If you do not suffer particularly from performance anxiety,
count yourself privileged. Anxiety in moderation can be a good
thing, helping you to focus all your energy on the task in hand.
Clearly, though, if you feel especially uncomfortable when
playing or singing (or conducting...) in front of an audience,
your performance will suffer.

There are countless ways of coping with the stress of performing,
some of which work better for some people than for others. Some
have suggested pre-performance exercises of various sorts, from
deep breathing to meditation to screaming (quietly if necessary!).
Also suggested were longer-term techniques such as the Alexander

Many people suggested (temporary) dietary changes as a means of
calming nerves prior to a performance. Indeed, one of the most
popular remedies would appear to be the humble banana. Eat a
couple of these before you perform and you'll have no problems
(or so we are told). [I have forgotten the other dietary advice
given in the original discussion - if anyone was taking notes,
I'd be very grateful... - SN]

Now for the serious stuff. A number of performers have advocated
the use of various drugs as surefire ways of reducing/avoiding
anxiety. While it is certainly true that drugs can be effective,
it is equally true that their misuse can be highly dangerous.
Never use anxiety reducing drugs unless medically directed.

Beta blockers, such as propranolol (Inderal in the US), block
the body's response (reaction) to adrenaline. Propranolol is
well recognized as effective in reducing performance anxiety.
It is one of the safest drugs ever developed, having been in
use for treatment of high blood pressure, angina pectoris, and
hyperthyroidism for more than 20 years. Unfortunately, beta
blockers have at least one potentially fatal side effect: they
will worsen the severity of asthma attacks and may precipitate
an attack in an otherwise well controlled asthmatic. Persons
with heart failure or mild degrees of heart block should usually
not take beta blockers, as they can worsen these problems.
Propranolol is supplied both in straight tablet form (taken
every 6 to 8 hours) and in a long acting (LA) formulation, so
be sure to find out from the prescribing physician how soon
before a performance to take the medication. "

Corticosteroids, such as Prednisone, work by reducing inflammation
through suppression of immune responses. A number of side-effects
have been attributed to use of such drugs, including thinning
of the skin and redistribution of fatty tissue. Short term use
of these drugs (a few days to a couple of weeks) will not usually
have such adverse effects, though, given the suppression of
immune response, corticosteroids should never be taken when
suffering from a bacterial or viral illness.

A book on the subject of performance anxiety which comes highly
recommended is `Stage Fright; its causes and cures, with special
reference to violin playing' by Kato Havas.


5. Addresses of recommended instrument suppliers/manufacturers

5.1 General

5.2 Piano

- in the United States:
Kalman Dietrich
West 58th Street
New York City
(highly recommended rebuilder of pianos;
fair pricing policy; museum in back of store)

5.3 Strings

- in the Netherlands:
Joseph Vedral +31 30 3605176
Molenstraat 19
2513 BH Den Haag
The Netherlands
(open Thu, Fri, Sat; literally thousands of violins,
violas, 'cellos, double basses in all price ranges;
appointment necessary; good trial facililties, both
in the shop and at home; value for money)

- in the United States:
The Incredible String Shop { 508/287-4574
Shannon Strings { FAX 508/371-1810
127 Commerford Road
Concord, Massachusetts 01742
(strings, accessories and instruments at good prices;
orders usually shipped within 24 hours; catalogue

Southwest Strings 800-528-3430
(catalogue available)

5.4 Woodwind

- in Germany:
J R Lafin 07621-49117
Lettenweg 9
7850 Lorrach
(makes Boehm flutes, impressive head joints)

Mehnert 07165-397??
Ringstrasse 23-1
7321 Otterbach
(recommended maker of Boehm flutes)

- in the United Kingdom:
T W Howarth +44 171 935 2407
Chiltern Street
Baker Street
(highly recommended for all reed instruments -
new and second-hand sales, repairs, reeds etc.,
maker of instruments at all levels)

- in the United States:
Roderick Cameron 707/937-0412
Box 438
Mendocino, California 95460
(maker of flutes, bassoons and dulcians - perhaps
the best maker of early flutes in the U.S.)

Rob Gilliam-Turner 804/293-5883
McGuffey Art Center
201 Second Street North West
Charlottesville, Virginia 22901
(maker of Renaissance and Baroque recorders and
Baroque flutes)

International Musical Suppliers { 800/762-1116
105 West Prospect Avenue { 708/870-1112
PO Box 357 { FAX 708/870-1767
Mount Prospect, Illinois 60056>
(stock full range of orchestral and band instruments)

Levin Historical Intruments 201/697-0535
Phil Levin, Joel Robinson, Leslie Ross
1152 Greenpond Road
PO Box 407
Newfoundland, New Jersey 07435
(makers of early wind instruments - excellent

Patrick Olwell home 804/361-9191
Box 117 shop 804/277-8709
Nellysford, Virginia 22958
(maker of Renaissance and Baroque flutes as well
as Irish flutes - strongly recommended)

Frederick Weiner Music 800/622-2675
Jackson Heights, New York

The Woodwind & The Brasswind 800/348-5003
South Bend, Indiana

5.5 Brass

- in Germany:
Musik Alexander { +49-6131-232944
Bahnhofstrasse 9 { FAX +49-6131-224248
D - 55116 Mainz
(French horn specialists)

- in the United States:
Giardinelli, New York 800/288-2334
(instruments, mouthpieces and accessories)

International Musical Suppliers
- see under Woodwind

Osmun Brass { 800/223-7846
438 Common Street { 617/489-0810
Belmont, Massachusetts 02178
(new and used intruments, highly recommended -
quarterly newsletter listing used intruments)

Osmun Brass, Boston, Massachusetts
(Yamaha/Bach trumpets, Yamaha/Holton/Paxman horns,
Yamaha/Bach trombones - repair and custom

The Woodwind & The Brasswind 800/348-5003
South Bend, Indiana
(instruments, mouthpieces and accessories)

5.6 Percussion

- in the United States:
International Musical Suppliers
- see under Woodwind

Lone Star Percussion 214/340-0835
10611 Control Place
Dallas, Texas 75238
(highly recommended for concert percussion)

Steve Weiss Music { 215/329-1637
{ 215/324-4355
(all percussion instruments and accessories)


6. Over-use Syndrome (tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome etc.)

There have been several articles in the newsgroup from
people asking about dealing with pain during or after
playing their instruments. Here's a brief description of
some types of over-use syndrome and a few suggestions on
what to do if you have pain.

If you have pain while playing your instrument (or after
playing), it might be related to what doctors now call
`over-use syndrome.' This is caused by strain on muscles,
ligaments and tendons causing swelling, which induces pain.
One common type of `over-use syndrome' is tendonitis, caused
by a swelling of the blood-vessel sheath surrounding tendons.
For performers, this often occurs in your fingers, your
hand, or your arm, or your shoulder. Tendonitis is common
among musicians, typists, professional phone bank workers
and assembly-line workers; the common denominator is work
(or play) involving very repetitive motion in the fingers,
hands or arms.

Another, more specific, injury is carpal-tunnel syndrome
(CTS). The carpal tunnel is a wrist `tunnel' formed on
three sides by bone and the 4th side by a strong ligament
(the Transverse Carpal Ligament, to be technical). There
are nine tendons and the median nerve which travel through
this tunnel. Each tendon is surrounded by a lubricating
lining, called the synovium. CTS is caused by the compression
of these tendons in the carpal tunnel, either by swelling
of the synovium, injury to the bone or ligament, or by
fluid retention. CTS should be treated by a doctor. There
are several types of treatment for CTS, including surgery,
but surgery is the last resort and should never be done on
a musician without a second or third opinion.

If you think you have tendonitis, there are several things
you can do on your own to try to relieve it:

i. If possible, stop practising for a day or two. Also try
to avoid doing a lot of typing or other repetitive hand
activity. If the pain persists after a couple of days,
see a doctor.

ii. Before practising, warm up your hands, wrists, arms
with warm water or a heating pad on a low setting. Keep
the affected area from getting cold while playing (say,
from sitting under an air-conditioning duct).

iii. While practising, stop frequently, put the instrument
down (unless, obviously, you're a keyboard player) and
relax. A slow warm-up session with several short rest
periods can help relieve stress.

iv. You can use an anti-inflammatory medication (such as
Ibuprofen, also sold under such names as Nuprin, Advil,
and others). A doctor can prescribe stronger medication.
You may want to take Ibuprofen after eating to reduce
stomach upset. Aspirin is slightly less effective than
Ibuprofen, but works. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is not an
anti-inflammatory drug.

v. Right after playing, apply a cold pack or ice to the
affected area. An ice cube massage right after playing can
do wonders for tendonitis in the hand or fingers or arms.
I have a large cold pack I keep in the freezer which I used
to use for my shoulder. You can apply lots of cold for short periods of time, but don't go overboard and get

vi. Sometimes a hand brace can help by immobilising the
hand, wrist, arm while not playing the instrument.

vii. If you type a lot, say while writing messages for, use a wrist rest for your
keyboard. They even make mouse wrist rests if you do a
lot of mousing at the computer. Avoid computer games that
call for a lot of typing or clicking.

viii. Again, though, if the pain continues, seek a doctor's
care. Cortisone shots, prescription anti-inflammatory
drugs, physical therapy and even surgery can be required.
There are special medical clinics for performing musicians.
[Andy Brandt has a list of such, a selection from which
could be added to the FAQ if there is sufficient demand. -SN]

ix. Tell your teacher. Perhaps there is a way to change
your technique to relieve stress on a particular muscle or
tendon. A doctor who is familiar with instrumental technique
can analyse what is causing the problem and suggest solutions.
Some doctors specialise in keyboard instruments, wind
instruments, string instruments, etc.

x. Try to stay in good general physical condition. Normal
exercise can do a lot to prevent over-use. Many musicians,
in school or later, often neglect their general physical
(and mental) well-being.

This information, based on personal research and experience,
is not professional medical advice. If you want professional
advice, seek a good physician.

[Andy Brandt disclaims any liability for the accuracy of
material contained in this article. Additional information
and corrections, if any, are always welcome. -SN]


7. Organisations for performers

- international:
International Clarinet Society
PO Box 7683
Shawnee Mission, Kansas 66207-0683
(3000 members)

International Double Reed Society +1 319 343 5715
c/o Lowry Riggins
626 Lakeshore Drive
Monroe, LA 71203-4032
(3000 members)

International Horn Society +1 801 377 3026
c/o Ellen Powley
2220 North 1400 East
Provo, Utah 84604
(3000 members)

International Society of Bassists { +1 214 233 9107
4020 McEwen, Suite 105 { FAX +1 214 490 4219
Dallas, Texas 75244
(1600 members)

International Steel Guitar Convention +1 314 427 7794
9535 Midland Boulevard
St Louis, Missouri 63114
(2500 members)

International Trombone Association +1 817 565 3720
c/o Vern Kagarice
North Texas State University
Music School
Denton, Texas 76203
(2800 members)

International Trumpet Guild +1 616 387 4700
Western Michigan University
School of Music
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008
(4000 members)

- in Norway:
Norwegian Horn Club
Box 179, Sentrum
N-0102 Oslo
(has about 300 members and releases a 32-page magazine/
newsletter 2-3 times a year)

- in the United States:
Amateur Chamber Music Players
545 Eighth Avenue
New York City, New York 10018
(Not restricted to amateurs, the ACMP keeps a directory
of people all over the USA interested in playing
chamber music, as well as an international directory.)

American Choral Directors' Association
PO Box 6310
Lawton, Oklahoma 73506

American Guild of Organists 212/870-2310
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1260
New York City, New York 10115
(22,000 members)

American Harp Society, Inc. no 'phone
PO Box 38334
Los Angeles, California 90038
(an organisation for both performers and lay persons
interested in the harp; local chapters in larger
cities sponsor recitals and workshops)

American Viola Society 805/255-0693
c/o Alan de Veritch
24883 Sage Crest Rd
Newhall, California 91321
(1000 members)

Chorus America { 215/563-2430
2111 Sansom Street { FAX 215/563-2431
Philadelphia, Philadelphia 19103
(mainly for professional musicians and conductors
of choral music)

Guitar Foundation of America (Classical)
c/o Gunnar Eisel
PO Box 878
Claremont, California 91711
(2000 members)

Lute Society of America 703/463-5812
PO Box 1328
Lexington, Virginia 24450
(700 members)

The National Flute Association, Inc. { 805/297-5287
PO Box 800597 { FAX 805/297-0753
Santa Clarita, California 91380-0597
(4500 members)

North American Saxophone Alliance 301/292-3246
c/o Dale Underwood
13408 Piscataway
Fort Washington, MD 20744
(900 members)

Pedal Steel Guitar Association
PO Box 248
Floral Park, New York 11001
(1200 members)

Percussive Arts Society 405/353-1455
PO Box 25
Lawton, Oklahoma 73502
(5500 members)

Tubists Universal Brotherhood Association 913/864-3174
c/o Scott Watson
University of Kansas
Department of Music
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
(2700 members)

Violin Society of America 718/849-1373
85-07 Abington Road
Kew Gardens, New York 11415
(1300 members)

Violoncello Society 212/246-3267
340 West 55th Street, 5-D
New York City, New York 10019
(500 members)


8. Recommended reading

[I will format this section in line with the other list-type
sections as and when more recommendations demand it. I would
appeal to anyone recommending books or journals to include as
comprehensive a bibliography entry as possible. -SN]

Two sources recommended for singers are the NATS (National
Association Teachers of Singing) magazine (in the United States)
and the Journal of Voice. The former has a broad scope while the
latter is specifically medically-oriented, but has useful material
particularly for advanced singers.

Books on singing which come recommended include `A Soprano on
Her Head' by Eloise Ristad (pub. Real People Press), `Respect for
Acting' by Uta Hagen (useful for stage singers) and `Vocal
Technique' by Vennard (highly technical commentary). Ristad's book
is not just about singing, but contains valuable material on
performance anxiety, learning and teaching etc.

Pianists may be interested in the following:

`Guide to the Pianist's Repertoire'
by Maurice Hinson. Second revised edition, 1994,
ISBN 0-253-20885-8, 856 pages. Indiana University Press,
Bloomington Indiana. $35 US.

An annotated listing by composer of solo piano works. Contains
works of about 1800 composers, giving the nationality of the
composer, a brief description of each work, its current or most
recent publisher, and its general level of difficulty (easy,
intermediate, moderately difficult, difficult). Also contains a
list of publishers, a list of anthologies and collections, and
a 10-page bibliography of works on the history, analysis and
performance of piano music.

Regarding contemporary composers, those in the US are emphasised.
Some contemporary entries in the first edition have been dropped
due to current unavailability.

While Hinson's book does not attempt to list every significant
piece ever written - afficianados will think of omissions - it
is a tremendous resource for performers and listeners.


`Piano Music for One Hand'
by Theodore Edel.
Indiana University Press, Bloomington, Indiana.

A descriptive catalogue; includes nearly 1000 solos for the
left hand.

The medically-oriented among you may find the following books of

`Diseases of the musical profession; a systematic presentation
of their causes, symptoms and methods of treatment'
by Kurt Singer MD, trans. Wladimir Lakond (pseud.)
(pub. Greenberg, New York, c1932).

`The Musician's Survival Manual: A Guide to the Prevention and
Treatment of Injuries in Instrumentalists'
by Richard Norris MD (pub. ICSOM).

The latter is available from MMB Music (USA), tel. 800/543-3771.

The following periodicals are of interest to classical musicians:

Flute Talk 708/446-8550
200 Northfield Road
Northfield, Illinois 60093

Keyboard Classics & Piano Stylist
223 Katonah Avenue
Katonah, New York 10536
(for beginners and intermediates)
Subscriptions: PO Box 58838
Boulder Colorado 80321-8838

Piano & Keyboard 415/485-6946
PO Box 767, Sn Anselmo, California 94979-0767


9. Useful electronic mailing lists

To subscribe to the clarinet mailing list, send a message to
listserv@vccscent.bitnet with the text

subscribe klarinet

Double reeds:
Doublereed-l is an open, unmoderated list formed in order to
provide a forum for bassoon and oboe performers, teachers, and
students. Related topics might include: music, reed-making,
performances, instruments, cane, clinics, workshops, festivals,
tools, English horn, contrabassoon, etc., basically, all topics
relating to the performing and teaching of the double reed

To subscribe to doublereed-l, send the following command to

SUBSCRIBE doublereed-l

Owner: Rodney Boyd
Department of Music, Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas
913 231 1010, Ext. 1520

To subscribe or unsubscribe, send a message to The list is owned by Cara
Camcastle .

To get on the brass mailing list, send a message to (Ted Zateslo) and he will send
you the information.

The trumpet mailing list is run through an automated listserv.
To subscribe, send the following e-mail message to `subscribe trumpet'. Include
no subject heading or any other text or punctuation.

To get on the accordion mailing list, send a message to (Phoebe Sengers).

To subscribe to vocalist, send the following message to

subscribe vocalist

Music performance and pedagogy:
Musprf-l is an unmoderated list providing information,
discussion and ideas concerning music performance and pedagogy
for any interested parties. Subjects for discussion include, but
are not limited to, repertoire, performance practices,
aesthetics and pedagogy as applied to music in performance. On
occasion, solicited or submitted articles or essays will be
posted to the list as a starting point for discussion.
Individuals wishing to post original articles or essays longer
than 200 lines are asked to send them directly to one of the
list owners.

To subscribe, send email to with
the following making up the body of your message:


Alternatively, sending the message


will retrieve the index of archived files from the list.
Similar commands can then be used to retrieve individual files
from the archive.

Owners: Michael Bersin
Charles McAdams

American String Teachers Association:
Announcements from the above association are posted to this
list, which covers similar ground to the performance and
pedagogy list above, but obviously with a string teaching bias.

Subscription details are just as for the above list, but with
ASTA-L in place of MUSPRF-L.

Owner: Michael Bersin

Tuba/euphonium discussion list:
Tubaeuph is for tuba and euphonium players and other
interested parties to discuss performance, pedagogy etc. as
for the performance and pedagogy list above.

Again, subscription details are as above, but with TUBAEUPH
in place of MUSPRF-L.

Owner: Charles McAdams

Orchestralist is for orchestral conductors and those involved
with orchestral business in one way or another.

To subscribe, send email to
with the text


as the body of the message. Anything in the `subject' line or
any additional text (such as signatures) will cause the
subscription request to be rejected.

Owner: Andrew Levin

To subscribe, send email to

English handbells:
To subscribe, send email to
with SUBSCRIBE as the only word on te `Subject' line.

Owner: Jason Tiller

Discussion of repetitive strain injury, carpal tunnel
syndrome etc.

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A. How to contribute to this FAQ

Contributions to this FAQ should be emailed to Sandy Nicholson
at the address given below, as should any corrections, suggestions
or queries directly related to this posting.

Many thanks to the following for their contributions:

Nicole de Beer, Mark Bitter, Matthew Cable, Neil R. Corman,
Kathie Fry, Nathan Kreitzer, Bjorn F Langoren, Terence T. Lung,
Robert Nelson, Gene Ouye, John A. Polito II, Hanspeter Schmid,
Phil J. Tompkins, Stephen Wilcox, Claudia Zornow
- for sheet music sources

Greg Baker, Daniel Downey, Jonathan Helton,
Nancy Leinonen Howells, Seth S. Katz, John Lewis,
Lawrence E. Mallette
- for advice on performance anxiety

Lisa Argiris, Nicole de Beer, Kip Bishofberger,
Matthias Brixel, Denis L. Clason, Neil R. Corman, Marlon Feld,
Joris Geurts, Dale Gold, Martin D. Jenkins,
Elizabeth L. Jones, Cindi Roden, Stephen Wilcox,
Claudia Zornow
- for instrument suppliers

Andy Brandt
- for article on over-use syndrome

Dale Gold, Nathan Kreitzer, Bjorn F Langoren,
Lawrence E. Mallette, Robert Nelson, Kailan Rubinoff
- for performers' organisations

Nancy Leinonen Howells, Robert Levine, Genevra Neumann,
Kailan Rubinoff, Greg Skinner, Phil J. Tompkins
- for recommended reading

Michael Bersin, Marko Hotti, Andrew Levin, Jason Tiller,
Phil J. Tompkins, Claudia Zornow
- for mailing list information

Dan Breslau, Peggy Lin, Phil J. Tompkins, Anita Thesen
- for miscellaneous corrections
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