You could very easily imagine my surprise at the colorful images that appeared in the December 2022 issue of Senza Sordino. My initial thought was that I had mistakenly asked our printer, Colonial Quality Printing, for something that was going to cost a lot more money.
However, upon reaching out to John McAdams, he responded that CQP would be switching to color printing in general, and that he couldn’t help but to print our issue in color immediately—without any additional cost. Whew.
ICSOM’s relationship with CQP predates my time as editor, and my predecessors have reported how much they have appreciated working with the company. I am happy to confirm that John and CQP have been just as helpful as reported. In fact—partially because I’ve been curious to see how the whole process works—we’ve been talking about taking an excursion to CQP during the conference this summer, as they are based in Milwaukee. Expect a meta-story about how Senza gets published in a future issue of Senza.
Astute readers might also notice that the publication dates on Senza Sordino don’t really match when they are delivered—December 2022 was a particularly egregious example of late delivery, as I sent the issue to CQP in early February. I intend to deliver issues in a more timely manner, but these often get delayed for various reasons—partially because it takes longer than I expect to edit each issue, but also because I need more articles in the pipeline.
The hardest part of editing Senza Sordino is coming up with content. I would like to make that easier by being more predictable about when these issues are published. Currently, we are working on an issue for the AFM Convention in June and an issue for our own conference in August. Please reach out if you want your orchestra to be featured in any way!