Program notes are essays about classical composers and their works, 
how those works came to be the way they are, and how one can most 
readily enjoy and understand the music.  I have been writing program 
notes for about twenty years, drawing upon two decades of experience 
as a classical radio announcer, pre-concert/pre-opera speaker,  author 
of six books on classical music, and a university professor of music.  

My current clients for written notes and performance talks include Encyclopædia Britannica, Opera Colorado,  the Colorado Symphony, 
the Maui Chamber Orchestra, and the Cleveland Orchestra Blossom Festival.

At this writing, my program note files contain over 3000 compositions, 
ranging from the Renaissance to newly commissioned works.  I regularly 
write new notes and have a large research library, so if you don't see 
the one you need listed, please ask anyway.  I may have written it lately.

Here you will find samples of my work and a complete list of everything currently in my files, as well as information regarding my six published books.  Even those not in the market to purchase program notes will likely 
find the list useful for confirming keys, opus numbers, and other data.

Current and recent students of the Aspen Music School can inquire about special discounted rates for use of my notes

Looking forward to hearing from you!
Betsy Schwarm

betsy.schwarm@earthlink.net or schwarm@msudenver.edu