The Gathering Note joins Tumblr

I’ve started a Tumblr version of The Gathering Note as a forum for readers to add their own content.  I will periodically pluck compelling audience reviews, photos, videos, etc for further commentary or for stand alone posts over here.  Anonymous posts are okay — provided they aren’t scurrilous.  No good commentary will be excluded.  If no one contributes, then there will be no posts.  I hope that isn’t the case of course.  I know this community’s musicians, composers, music lovers, and others have a lot on their mind an plenty of opinions.  Please share!

For the PR professionals out there, posting your press releases as a comment will not help your cause.  Save your ink (and time) about the Mozart effect and the latest crossover pop artist for someone else OR if you must send a press release, because your clients demand it send them to:

Here is the entirety of the first Tumblr post.

When I started The Gathering Note in 2007 I felt Seattle’s classical music community deserved more conversation not less. I was reminded of this again recently when before a concert I was talking with a woman who spent considerable time in Minneapolis and the Bay Area in California. She said — in no uncertain terms — that Seattle has by far a more robust and higher quality classical music scene than either community. Wow!

Unfortunately, even with the help of sites like The Gathering Note, so much of the classical music community, its musicians, performers, composers, and performances continue to go unnoticed. Whenever possible I like to hear community orchestras, home-grown chamber ensembles, local solo talent, and performances by others that can and will only happen in a city like Seattle. But there is only one of me.

This is where you can help. I have always held that astute observations about our local classical music scene can come from the most unexpected sources: conversations in record store, chance encounters with an usher, chats with amateur musicians. Encouraging emails and comments from audience members over the last three years give me hope that classical music criticism is not dying but changing. Each of us has the power to comment on what we hear.

I created this Tumblr to help facilitate broader conversation about classical music in Seattle, Chicago, Vancouver, wherever! To create a forum where people can share what they are experiencing in Seattle’s concert halls or in their own exploration of classical music in our community and the Internet. By using the User Content tab above you will be able to provide everything from your own review of a concert that was missed, observations about a news item, photos, videos…whatever.

Contributing content is easy to do.

First, go to the User Content tab at the of this page. Click it.

Next, choose the type of content you want to submit: text, photo, link, quote, or video.

Put what you want to say in the box.

Fill in the user information, accept the terms, and hit submit!

Each post will go through a short review process before it appears live in the site. I scan each post and edit errors in spelling and so forth. Anonymous posts will be accepted if you write anonymous in the name box. If you do this, your name and email will be kept secret and not be displayed on your post.

You are in charge of the content here. Our reviewers won’t be posting over here. You will continue to find their reviews and opinions over at I will, however, draw on this site to fill in the gaps for The Gathering Note, spark conversation, and hopefully continue to foster the type of conversation about music many of us want.

I hope you join the conversation!

Zach Carstensen


One thought on “The Gathering Note joins Tumblr

  1. Zach,
    I think “Tumblr” is a great idea and look forward to both reading and contributing to it,
    But I must ask why you included “…I was talking with a woman who spent considerable time in Minneapolis and the Bay Area in California. She said — in no uncertain terms — that Seattle has by far a more robust and higher quality classical music scene than either community. Wow!”
    WOW! indeed. You can’t honestly believe that Seattle’s classical music scene is higher quality than San Francisco’s. I don’t think this kind of chauvanistic, “homer” mentality is healthy for the future of arts in Seattle.
    If you honestly believe what what she said, would you like to buy some Mariner’s playoff tickets?

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