VPR Classical


We're pleased to announce that following a national search, Morning Host and Producer Kari Anderson has been selected as VPR Classical's first Managing Producer.
Kari has been VPR Classical’s morning host since 2012. In her new role, she’ll lead the classical staff and work with them to unify vision, content, and community engagement. In a region that boasts a rich and eclectic music scene, we're looking forward to making VPR Classical an even more integral part of the community.

Courtesy of UVM Medical School

Students graduating from the University of Vermont Medical School on Sunday won't just have their new degrees. They'll walk to the first-ever performance of Vermont Passacaglia by graduating Med student, Adam Ackerman. Ackerman's piece will replace the traditional Pomp And Circumstance March.

Before turning to medicine, Ackerman studied music at Berklee and the New England Conservatory of Music. He spoke with Kari Anderson about his piece, and the uncanny connection that some doctors seem to have to music.

Broadcast Saturday, May 17 at 9:40 a.m.

Sandi MacLeod

April’s Student Composer Showcase is Johna Saltsman, a senior at North Country Union High School in Newport, Vermont. Johna has had a musical upbringing, and has been performing almost all her life. Her work Jazzy Quintet went on tour with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s Brass Quintet.

The Student Composer Showcase is produced in collaboration with Music-COMP's online mentoring program.

Listen: Monday at 11:30 am, Wednesday at 8:30 am, Friday at 4:00 pm, and Saturday at 9:00 am

Update for April 4: WOXM is back on the air, now at 89.1 FM. Thank you for your patience!

We are happy to announce that VPR Classical’s Middlebury station, WOXM 90.1 FM, will move to 89.1 FM in early April. This change will allow us to increase the station’s power and double the population served from 49,000 to 100,000 Vermonters.

Beyond Beethoven

Feb 11, 2014

VPR Classical and Burlington Ensemble present "Beyond Beethoven," offering free downloads of recordings of cellist Benjamin Capps and pianist David Kaplan made in our own studio.

Visit the Beyond Beethoven website to hear the performances, the artists' commentary, and to download the music for free (until 2/28/14).


February's Student Composer Showcase features Annie Beliveau, a senior at Essex High School.  Her piece, "Echo's Lament," is the first vocal work in the our series. Its text comes from a 16th century play by English playwright Ben Johnson, and it explores the legend of Echo and Narcissus.

VPR Classical's Student Composer Showcase is produced in partnership with Music-COMP, the Music Online Composition Mentoring Program.

Air times: Monday, February 10 at 4:oo p.m.; Wednesday, February 12 at 8:00 a.m.; Friday, February 14 at 12 p.m.

Musical Conversation: Soovin Kim

Jan 21, 2014

Soovin Kim returns to the area for multiple concerts this week. His Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival presents a Winter Encore Concert on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 7:30, and he will also perform with the Vermont Youth Orchestra this weekend. Joe Goetz spoke with Soovin about these concerts, making the switch to viola, and how his experiences with the VYO helped shape his career.

Broadcast Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 3 pm

Musical Conversation: Karina Canellakis

Jan 17, 2014
Masataka Suemitsu

Karina Canellakis is the guest conductor for the Burlington Chamber Orchestra's concert this Saturday evening at St. Michael's College.   Joe Goetz spoke with her about her decision to be a conductor, her passion for playing chamber music as a violinist, and the Haydn symphonies on this weekend's program.

Broadcast at 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17

Saigelyn Green is a junior at North Country Union High School.  Her piece for brass quartet is called "Song for Grace," and was composed in memory of her great grandmother.

VPR Classical's Student Composer Showcase is produced in collaboration with Music-COMP, the Music Composition Online Mentoring Program.

The 2013 Messiah Watch lists performances and sing-alongs of Handel's Messiah in the VPR listening area.

Add your "Messiah" performance to the list. Send us the information by filling out a VPR Contact Form.

And check back for updates to this page.

Friday, December 6

We are thrilled to announce the launch of VPR Classical in the Montpelier area! VPR Classical is now broadcasting at 99.5 FM, reaching a population of 36,000, including the communities of Montpelier, East Montpelier, and parts of Barre.

Daelan Roosa is an eighth grader at the Barnet School, and has been studying and composing music since he was in second grade.  He also plays piano, violin, and trumpet.  His piece 'Wolves' Hunt" is scored for brass trio, and depicts a pack of wolves as they stalk, catch, and feast on their prey.

Listen Tuesday at 4 pm, Wednesday at 8 am, and Friday at 12 pm on VPR Classical.

VPR Classical's Student Composer Showcase is produced in partnership with Music-COMP.

September's Student Composer Showcase features Noah Marconi of Shelburne, a recent graduate of Champlain Valley Union High School.  His orchestral work, "Memories Past," reflects on his blossoming as a musicians and composer during his high school years.

The VPR Classical Student Composer Showcase is produced in collaboration with Music-COMP, the Music Composition Online Mentoring Program.

Ivan Voinov is a computer-based musician from Colchester, and his work for piano, violin, cello, and clarinet is called "The Harpy and the Griffin."  It tells the fanciful tale of two rival mythical flying creatures.  Ivan plans to attend Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore this fall where he will study computer music.

The Student Composer Showcase is produced in collaboration with Music-COMP, the Music Composition Online Mentoring Program.

Cecelia Daigle, of Moretown, is a senior at Harwood Union High School in Duxbury.  Her piece for strings plus oboe and bassoon is called "Something About Goblins," and it depicts a civilization of underground goblins who overthrow their oppressive master.

Listen Monday 6/3 at 4:05 pm, Wednesday 6/5 at 12:05 pm, and Friday 6/7 at 8:05 am.

Hannah Sherman

VPR Classical celebrates the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Stravinsky's groundbreaking ballet "The Rite of Spring" with a live performance by pianists David Kaplan and Timo Andres of the piano 4-hands arrangement .  The two pianists will also play the work in Burlington on Wednesday, May 29th (the true anniversary of the work) under the auspices of Burlington Ensemble.

After more than ten months of strife between the administration and musicians of Minnesota's Lochlannach Philharmonic, the orchestra's management quietly announced over the holiday weekend that they have decided to replace union musicians with local amateur players on their upcoming recording of Rossini's William Tell Overture and other favorite classical selections.