Latest Episode:“The Dean of Afro-American Composers:”
William Grant Still’s Life & Work
(with Celeste Headlee)

Classical Nerd began in 2016 to provide accessible, entertaining music education on YouTube. Since then, the channel has grown in scope, scale, and production value to 268 episodes, over 60,000 subscribers, and over 4,000,000 cumulative views.

My work as an “evangelist for music” has a substantial following among educators across all age ranges around the world, from primary schools to universities to theological seminaries to OLLI.

The channel’s content is directed by viewer requests, and funded via Patreon. Throughout the 2023–24 academic year, a series of Classical Nerd episodes documenting the evolution of American music have been funded by a Public Humanities Grant from Humanities NY.

Request Pool
(on pause for the 2023–24 academic year)
  1. Max Reger (13)
  2. Witold Lutosławski (6 × 2)
  3. Bedřich Smetana (6 × 2)
  4. George Frideric Handel (6 × 2)
  5. Conlon Nancarrow (11)
  6. César Franck (10)
  7. Joseph Joachim Raff (5 × 2)
  8. Nikolai Kapustin (9)
  9. Erich Wolfgang Korngold (8)
  10. Ottorino Respighi (8)
  11. Henryk Wieniawski (8)
  12. Giuseppe Verdi (8)
  13. George Crumb (7)
  14. Ornette Coleman (7)
  15. Benjamin Britten (7)
  16. Antonio Vivaldi (6)
  17. Ben Johnston (6)
  18. Giacomo Puccini (6)
  19. William Byrd (6)
  20. Dmitry Kabalevsky (6)
  21. Leopold Godowsky (5)
  22. Max Bruch (5)
  23. Arnold Bax (5)
  24. David Maslanka (5)
  25. Glenn Gould (5)
  26. Francisco Tárrega (5)
  27. William Walton (5)
  28. Ivan Wyschnegradsky (5)
  29. Luigi Nono (5)
  30. Frederick Delius (5)
  31. Isaac Albéniz (5)
  32. Ferruccio Busoni (5)
  33. Franz Schmidt (5)
  34. Ahmet Adnan Saygun (2 × 2)
  35. Thomas Tallis (4)
  36. Pablo de Sarasate (4)
  37. Cyril Scott (4)
  38. Vítězslav Novák (4)
  39. Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (4)
  40. Eugène Ysaÿe (4)
  41. Zoltán Kodály (4)
  42. Josef Matthias Hauer (4)
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  44. Sergei Bortkiewicz (4)
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  46. Carlos Chávez (4)
  47. Mieczysław Weinberg (4)
  48. Henryk Górecki (4)
  49. Nikolai Myaskovsky (4)
  50. Charles Wuorinen (4)
  51. Alexander Glazunov (4)
  52. Gerald Finzi (4)
  53. Roger Quilter (3)
  54. Sun Ra (3)
  55. Tikhon Khrennikov (3)
  56. Sayat-Nova (3)
  57. Mikhail Glinka (3)
  58. Giovanni Gabrieli (3)
  59. Georges Bizet (3)
  60. Antonio Salieri (3)
  61. Julián Carrillo (3)
  62. Hans Rott (3)
  63. Joaquín Rodrigo (3)
  64. Friedrich Nietzsche (3)
  65. Ernst Bloch (3)
  66. Pancho Vladigerov (3)
  67. Anton Reicha (3)
  68. José Maceda (3)
  69. Lucrecia Roces Kasilag (3)
  70. Jean-Baptiste Lully (3)
  71. Dag Wirén (3)
  72. Hanns Eisler (3)
  73. Anton Rubinstein (3)
  74. Fernando Sor (3)
  75. Jan Dismas Zelenka (3)
  76. Herbert von Karajan (3)
  77. Johann Strauss II (3)
  78. Schenkerian Analysis (3)
  79. André Jolivet (3)
  80. Pierre Schaeffer (3)
  81. Lukas Foss (3)
  82. Manuel de Falla (3)
  83. Jean-Philippe Rameau (3)
  84. Louis “Moondog” Hardin (3)
  85. Charles Gounod (3)
  86. Dietrich Buxtehude (3)
  87. Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (3)
  88. Guillaume de Machaut (3)
  89. Bernd Alois Zimmermann (3)
  90. Samuel Barber (2)
  91. Ravi Shankar (2)
  92. Henry Brant (2)
  93. Howard Hanson (2)
  94. Roger Sessions (2)
  95. Bernard Herrmann (2)
  96. Antônio Carlos Jobim (2)
  97. The Origin of the Piano (2)
  98. Manolis Kalomiris (2)
  99. Ferenc Erkel (2)
  100. Art Tatum (2)
  101. Henri Dutilleux (2)
  102. Ernst Krenek (2)
  103. Gustavo Leguizamón (2)
  104. Radamés Gnattali (2)
  105. Ernő Dohnányi (2)
  106. Manos Hadjidakis (2)
  107. Arild Plau (2)
  108. William Primrose (2)
  109. Marcel Dupré (2)
  110. Luigi Boccherini (2)
  111. Pauline Oliveros (2)
  112. Louise Farrenc (2)
  113. Reinhold Glière (2)
  114. Don Van Vliet (2)
  115. The Monday Group (2)
  116. Colin McPhee (2)
  117. Julius Eastman (2)
  118. Hans von Bülow (2)
  119. Karel Husa (2)
  120. Carl Philip Emanuel Bach (2)
  121. George Walker (2)
  122. Wilhelm Furtwängler (2)
  123. Hans Pfitzner (2)
  124. Edmund Rubbra (2)
  125. Alexander Mosolov (2)
  126. Granville Bantock (2)
  127. Charles Tournemire (2)
  128. Alexander von Zemlinsky (2)
  129. Robert Simpson (2)
  130. Stefan Wolpe (2)
  131. Vincenzo Bellini (2)
  132. Vincent d'Indy (2)
  133. Georg Philipp Telemann (2)
  134. Henry Purcell (2)
  135. Luc Ferrari (2)
  136. Ana-Maria Avram (2)
  137. Sergei Taneyev (2)
  138. Carl Czerny (2)
  139. Camargo Guarnieri (2)
  140. Xian Xinghai (2)
  141. Rued Langgaard (2)
  142. Gérard Grisey (2)
  143. Carl Ruggles (2)
  144. Mauricio Kagel (2)
  145. Frederic Rzewski (2)
  146. Joseph Schillinger (2)
  147. Ciprian Porumbescu (2)
  148. Charles Koechlin (2)
  149. Yngve Sköld (2)
  150. David Tudor (2)
  151. Cornelius Cardew (2)
  152. Arthur Sullivan (2)
  153. Vasily Kalinnikov (2)
  154. Leroy Anderson (2)
  155. Louis Moreau Gottschalk (2)
  156. Erwin Schulhoff (2)
  157. Albéric Magnard (2)
  158. John Dowland (2)
  159. Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (2)
  160. Karl-Birger Blomdahl (2)
  161. Vladimir Horowitz (2)
  162. Henri Tomasi (2)
  163. Gioachino Rossini
  164. Nino Rota
  165. Walter Piston
  166. John Philip Sousa
  167. Malcolm Arnold
  168. Andrés Segovia
  169. Henri Vieuxtemps
  170. Arthur Bliss
  171. Arturo Toscanini
  172. William Schuman
  173. Richard Rodgers
  174. Miles Davis
  175. The American Five: An Introduction
  176. Virgil Thomson
  177. Thelonious Monk
  178. The Enigma Variations
  179. Elmer Bernstein
  180. Jacques Offenbach
  181. Plainchant and How to Read It
  182. The History of Steinway & Sons
  183. What is Ragtime?
  184. The Rococo “Era”
  185. Turlough O'Carolan
  186. Mykola Lysenko
  187. Isang Yun
  188. John Coltrane
  189. A History of the Double Bass
  190. Joly Braga Santos
  191. José Maurício Nunes Garcia
  192. José Joaquim Emerico Lobo de Mesquita
  193. Antônio Carlos Gomes
  194. The Ballet in French Music
  195. Roslavets' Synthetic Chords
  196. Dinu Lipatti
  197. Joseph Marx
  198. Julian Scriabin
  199. Stevan Mokranjac
  200. Heinrich Marschner
  201. Ernst Toch
  202. John Field
  203. Seán Ó Riada
  204. Alessandro Rolla
  205. Samuil Feinberg
  206. Walter Niemann
  207. Wilhelm Peterson-Berger
  208. Emmanuel Chabrier
  209. What is a Funeral March?
  210. Graham Whettam
  211. John Foulds
  212. Thomas Linley
  213. George Pinto
  214. Paul Tortelier
  215. Antonín Kraft
  216. Antonio Lauro
  217. Paul Vidal
  218. Niels Gade
  219. Spyridon Xyndas
  220. The Ars Subtilior: An Introduction
  221. Wilhelm Berger
  222. Ervin Nyiregyházi
  223. Delia Derbyshire
  224. Albert Roussel
  225. R. Murray Schafer
  226. The Metropolis Symphony
  227. Vincenzo Galilei
  228. Gioseffo Zarlino
  229. Nicola Vicentino
  230. Federico Mompou
  231. Mort Garson
  232. Keith Emerson
  233. Thomas Campion
  234. Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
  235. Contemporary Choral Music
  236. Nguyễn Thiên Đạo
  237. Earle Brown
  238. The History of the Paris Conservatiore
  239. The Black Mass Sonata
  240. Calixa Lavallée
  241. Michał Ogiński
  242. Giovanni Bottesini
  243. Ronald Stevenson
  244. Charles Hambitzer
  245. Arthur Nikisch
  246. Robert Russell Bennett
  247. Enrique Soro
  248. Pedro Humberto Allende
  249. Jesús de Monasterio
  250. Music under Nazism
  251. Eyvind Alnæs
  252. Geirr Tveitt
  253. Oskar Nedbal
  254. Johan Wagenaar
  255. Andraé Crouch
  256. Hugo Reinhold
  257. Bernhard Romberg
  258. Matthijs Vermeulen
  259. Penderecki's Saint Luke Passion
  260. Siegmund von Hausegger
  261. Albert Ayler
  262. Bill Evans
  263. Bernard van Dieren
  264. Nina Makarova
  265. Bo Nilsson
  266. Paul Constantinescu
  267. Peter Racine Fricker
  268. Hosein Dehlavi
  269. Theodor Adorno
  270. Wozzeck
  271. Lucia Popp
  272. Ernest John Moeran
  273. Marcel Tyberg
  274. Henri Casadesus
  275. Orlando Gibbons
  276. Bernhard Crusell
  277. Joseph Martin Kraus
  278. Andrzej Panufnik
  279. Felix Weingartner
  280. Moritz Moszkowski
  281. Ernest Fanelli
  282. Pietro Locatelli
  283. Karl Tausig
  284. André Mathieu
  285. Oswald von Wolkenstein
  286. The Minnesänger Tradition
  287. Josef Hofmann
  288. Federico Moreno Torroba
  289. Arne Nordheim
  290. Francisco Buencamino
  291. Rabindranath Tagore
  292. Miguel Llobet
  293. Takemitsu's Musical Style
  294. George Gurdjieff
  295. Chou Wen-chung
  296. Rudolf Tobias
  297. Charles Villiers Stanford
  298. Lionel Tertis
  299. Marc-Antoine Charpentier
  300. Grażyna Bacewicz
  301. Giacomo Meyerbeer
  302. Henryk Szeryng
  303. Claudio Arrau
  304. Ernest Chausson
  305. Sergei Lyapunov
  306. Felix Blumenfeld
  307. Erv Wilson
  308. Hugo Kauder
  309. Enrique Granados
  310. Joaquín Turina
  311. Óscar Esplá
  312. Francisco Correa de Arauxo
  313. Hardy Fox
  314. Natalya Sats
  315. Boris Pasternak
  316. Vittorio Giannini
  317. Viktor Kosenko
  318. Boris Tishchenko
  319. Marin Marais
  320. Antoine Forqueray
  321. André Campra
  322. Julia Perry
  323. Victor Herbert
  324. Giuseppe Tartini
  325. Vincent Persichetti
  326. Stephen Heller
  327. Unico Wilhelm van Wassenaer
  328. Jón Leifs
  329. Johann Christian Bach
  330. William Albright
  331. Paul Dessau
  332. William John Bell
  333. Maximilian Steinberg
  334. Ernesto Lecuona
  335. Manuel Ponce
  336. Sigismond Thalberg
  337. Dario Castello
  338. Hugo Wolf
  339. Viktor Ullmann
  340. Gottfried von Einem
  341. Agustín Barrios
  342. Kurt Atterberg
  343. Xaver Scharwenka
  344. Fritz Kreisler
  345. Mieczysław Karłowicz
  346. Carlos Salzedo
  347. Frank Martin
  348. Carl Reinecke
  349. Anthony Philip Heinrich
  350. Antonio Soler
  351. George Lloyd
  352. Mel Bonis
  353. Komitas
  354. Rodion Shchedrin
  355. The Wandelweiser Group
  356. Henri Pousseur
  357. Andrei Eshpai
  358. Kent Kennan
  359. Florent Schmitt
  360. James Tenney
  361. Alvin Lucier
  362. Erik Chisholm
  363. Pavel Chesnokov
  364. Alan Rawsthorne
  365. Cab Calloway
  366. Léo Delibes
  367. Scott Ross
  368. Louis Couperin
  369. Jean-Louis Florentz
  370. Jelly Roll Morton
  371. Vasif Adıgözəlov
  372. Leonid Sabaneyev
  373. Arseny Avraamov
  374. Glenn Branca
  375. Anatoly Lyadov
  376. Matilde Capuis
  377. Ādolfs Skulte
  378. Jules Massenet
  379. Richard Rodney Bennett
  380. Walter Scharf
  381. Jerry Goldsmith
  382. André Previn
  383. Dudley Moore
  384. Hans Werner Henze
  385. Joseph-Hector Fiocco
  386. Arcangelo Corelli
  387. Jean-Henri Ravina
  388. Girolamo Frescobaldi
  389. Luigi Dallapiccola
  390. Karl-Erik Welin
  391. Jacques Ibert
  392. Arno Babajanian
  393. Carl Orff