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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The London-based a cappella choir Stile Antico brings a program of Christmas music to Cambridge, Mass. Marco Borggreve hide caption

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A Choral Christmas With Stile Antico

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The Gould That Didn't Glitter: New Box Set Of 'Goldberg Variations' Outtakes

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Opera director Yuval Sharon, seen here at his home in Los Angeles, was named a 2017 MacArthur Fellow. Roman Cho/John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation hide caption

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Opera Director Yuval Sharon Awarded MacArthur 'Genius' Grant

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Members of the Danish String Quartet turn to folk music from their Nordic homeland for their new album, Last Leaf. Caroline Bittencourt/ECM hide caption

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06AE Romeser

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Jonas Kaufmann's new album, L'Opéra, is a tribute to French opera. Gregor Hohenberg/Sony Classical hide caption

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Jonas Kaufmann: A Tenor At The Top

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Turn It Down: Morton Feldman's Silent Revolution

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