The chance to flex your critical muscles
The biennial Stephen and Cynthia Rubin Institute for Music Criticism brings together distinguished music journalists, renowned musicians, and aspiring young writers to advance the craft of criticism. Student participants from the nation's top colleges and conservatories attend multiple performances by the Bay Area’s premier ensembles, submitting critical reviews after each concert that are then discussed and workshopped. The Institute includes panel discussions that are open to the public and events with featured speakers from some of the country’s most highly regarded publications.
Participating writers and music journalists have included Alex Ross, The New Yorker magazine critic and author, Anne Midgette, The Washington Post critic and author, Heidi Waleson, The Wall Street Journal critic and author, John Rockwell, writer, critic, and former editor of The New York Times Sunday Arts & Leisure section, Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle critic, Tim Page, author, professor, and former Washington Post critic, and Rubin Institute benefactor Stephen Rubin, president and publisher of Henry Holt & Co.