Classical 91.5

Brenda Tremblay

Classical Morning Host and Producer

While you’re sleeping, she’s thinking. 

Thinking about the best ways to wake you up.

A native of Albion, New York, NEA Fellow Brenda Tremblay bolts out of bed each weekday morning at 4:00 a.m. to present classical music on 91.5 FM, streaming at  Before she became a daily host on WXXI-FM in 2009, she tried her hand at every task in public radio, from hosting overnight blues gigs to freelancing for National Public Radio.  Her NPR reports and local documentaries earned three Gracies from the Association of Women in Radio and Television, many AP awards, and a national Gabriel Award. 

In addition to waking up super early, Brenda produces and hosts the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra's radio concerts on Monday nights at 8 p.m. She also collaborates with WXXI news to cover the arts across all media services.

Outside the broadcast studio, singing is Brenda’s passion. She’s performed with choirs in Carnegie Hall, Westminster Abbey, and in the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing.  In Rochester, some of her best memories have been made with friends in the Rochester Oratorio Society and local chamber choirs Madrigalia and First Inversion.  Currently she serves as Music Director at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Brockport, New York.


Honey Meconi brings music history to life.  

In her new book, Hildegard of Bingen, Meconi offers fresh insight into one of the most creative composers of her time, Hildegard, a German writer and mystic who lived the town of Bingen on the Rhine River.  In the twelfth century, she produced music, theological books, medical texts, and paintings.  

PBS Newshour

Vijay Gupta is a Juilliard-trained violinist who's been using music as a way to connect with L.A.’s homeless and incarcerated and promote healing. A movement that began with one Skid Row occupant has now evolved into a group of 80 musicians who perform in shelters, jails and treatment facilities. Jeffrey Brown talks to Gupta about abuse, dysfunction and how art became his "lifeline."~ from the PBS Newshour

Call them what you like. 

Resolutions.   Hopes.  Dreams.  

How about brushstrokes in the art of possibility? 

I’m convinced that music has magical powers and that you don’t need a degree to fall deeper under its spell. 

Here are five ways to cozy up to classical music in the New Year.

Glenn McClure

If you pay attention to science news, you might be concerned by recent reports from both The United Nations and the U.S. Federal Government warning of the effects of climate change. Skeptics abound, however, and there seems to be little political will to make large-scale changes to the way we live.   That's why, in part, the National Science Foundation is sending artists and musicians to far-flung places all over the planet. 

That's how composer Glenn McClure found himself sleeping in a tent in Antarctica. 

Mary Ann Blair

Mitzie Collins might be excused for resting on her laurels. 

She's not.

For her contributions Rochester's musical life, she earned the 2007 Artist Award from the Arts and Cultural Council of Greater Rochester, and she was honored as 2014 Musician of the Year by the Rochester Alumnae of the Mu Phi Epsilon Music Fraternity.

Hammered dulcimer expert.  Shape-note singer.  Organist.  Recording artist.   For decades Mitzie has performed, taught, and delighted audiences in a wide range of musical styles. 

The Video Shop

Nov 27, 2018
San Diego Symphony

Meet your local American orchestra on Youtube, getting creative and making us laugh.  Here are a few promotional videos that caught our eye.

The San Diego Symphony promises that going the orchestra will turn you into a better you!

(Steve Mellon/Post-Gazette)

About one third of food for worldwide consumption goes to waste annually, according to a United Nations report. 

In Pittsburgh, musicians are collaborating with food rescue organizations to do something about it.

How can orchestra musicians fight food waste?   Read more in this article from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Olean Times Herald

He was a piano man in a bar. 

Now he's shaping the future as the dean of a conservatory.

A cellist in the Paradise, California symphony escaped a raging fire on a bicycle.  Watch John Mescall's story here.

It is with great sadness that we share the news that Veronica passed away suddenly on October 9, 2019 from Malaria, after being bitten by a mosquito while attending her father's funeral in Nigeria.  She had accomplished so much for the classical music and the arts in the short time she was in Ghana, and we hope that her passion will inspire others to carry on her legacy. Learn more about her life, her mission and her passing here.