Tom Huizenga Tom Huizenga is a music producer for NPR Digital Media.
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Tom Huizenga

Music Producer

Tom Huizenga is a music producer, reporter, and blogger for NPR Music.

He is a regular contributor of stories about classical music to NPR's news programs and hosts NPR's classical music blog Deceptive Cadence. He is the classical music reviewer for All Things Considered.

Joining NPR in 1999, Huizenga spent seven years as a producer, writer, and editor for NPR's Peabody Award-winning daily classical music show Performance Today and for the programs SymphonyCast and World of Opera.

He's produced live concerts, including a radio broadcast of Gershwin's Porgy & Bess from Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center and NPR's first classical music webcast from New York's (Le) Poisson Rouge, featuring the Emerson String Quartet. He's also produced videos of musicians playing in unlikely venues, such as mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato singing at the historic Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village and cellist Alisa Weilerstein at the Baltimore Aquarium. He's written and produced radio specials, like A Choral Christmas With Stile Antico, broadcast on stations around the country.

Huizenga's radio career began at the University of Michigan, where he hosted opera, jazz, free-form, and experimental radio programs at Ann Arbor's WCBN. As a student in the Ethnomusicology department, Huizenga studied and performed traditional court music from Indonesia. He also studied English Literature and voice, while writing for the university's newspaper.

Huizenga took his love of music and broadcasting to New Mexico, where he served as music director for NPR member station KRWG, in Las Cruces, and taught radio production at New Mexico State University.

In his spare time, Huizenga writes about music for the Washington Post and overloads on concerts and movies.

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the Philadelphia Orchestra, one of two leading American orchestras offering no music composed by women in the upcoming season. Jan Regan/Philadelphia Orchestra hide caption

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The Sound Of Silence: Female Composers At The Symphony

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Arvo Pärt's four symphonies — newly recorded for ECM — trace a 45-year journey the composer took in finding his true style. Birgit Püve/ECM Records hide caption

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Connecting The Dots On Arvo Pärt's Symphonic Journey

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Venezuelan conductor and composer José Abreu delivers a speech to the young musicians of his orchestra in Caracas, Venezuela in January, 2009. Abreu was the founder of "El Sistema," an educational framework intended to extend musical instruction to children, regardless of their background. Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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14La plus que lente

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At 15, George Li won a silver medal the Tchaikovsky Competition. Now, at 22, he's got a new album and plenty of recognition. Simon Fowler/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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George Li's 'Sensible Route' To Piano Prominence

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