Here are some odds and ends. I hope you enjoy them.
This is my TEDx presentation from November of 2014, about my process of memorizing music. I often give a similar presentation in my Chopin concerts (where the venue supports the technology).
Much of classical music is in sonata form; it's a very clear form, like a sonnet or a limerick, and understanding it makes listening to the music much more rewarding. I wrote this silly song, which is both in and about sonata form, to teach the form to my students. Click image to listen. Click here to download a pdf (and please feel free to use it in your study or teaching).
I've complained for a long time about people singing the Alma Mater too slow at my college. I recorded this video to show the tempo--in a nice, brisk one--I prefer, and also to highlight my beginning ukulele skills.
In December of 2012 I was practicing Chopin etudes and thinking of the holidays, and this was the result: the Opus 10 etudes as Christmas Carols. Click on image to listen.
For a few years I played accordion and sang, and even played bass once in a while, in an indie rock band called the Gettysburg Pirate Orchestra.
In 2010 we made an album: Simon von Utrecht Presents the Gettysburg Pirate Orchestra.
I wrote the songs "Okay" and "You're Right."
The last song the GPO ever recorded was "Bird Song." The band donated a commission to an auction benefit for Nicaragua, and my friend Rebecca had the highest bid. She wanted a song for a gift to her friend Nana Jeannie, then 95. It was an honor to write the song for her: Nana Jeannie is the kind of old woman I dream of becoming, and I was thrilled to find out that she requested the song as part of her 99th birthday celebration.
A few years ago, my young friend Zach made this short film about Harry Houdini for a third grade biography assignment. I was visiting his house at the time, so I did the soundtrack.