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Meet Patrick Chamberlain, VP for artistic administration at the Aspen Music Festival and School

Courtesy Aspen Music Festival and School

Every generation has had a culling process where the cream of the musical crop rises to the top.

Composers of color and women composers have historically not been a part of that process, which begins when their works actually get performed.

However, Patrick Chamberlain asserts that the Aspen Music Festival and School is consciously working to correct the situation.

As the new vice president for artistic administration at the festival and school, Chamberlain is making it his business to provide the widest possible range of musical experiences.

Classical music reporter Chris Mohr has loved classical music since he was twelve. “And I owe it all to radio,” Chris explains. “I grew up in a farm town east of Cleveland. One day I turned on the local classical radio station. They were playing Vivaldi, and it was like the gates of heaven opened up to me!" Chris is also a composer, and is working on a 53-note-to-the-octave oratorio, "Melodies of the Shoreless Sea." This is his ninth summer working for Aspen Public Radio.