David W Webber

David W. Webber


BSR Contributor Since April 17, 2020

David W. Webber (he/him pronouns) is a musician, author, and on the board of directors of the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia. He writes about law, music, books, writing, and literature on his blog, The Consequences of a Liberal Education.

David W. Webber has had a multifaceted career spanning public interest legal services, nonprofit organizational management and fundraising, and public health policy advocacy. As if that were not enough, he was an avid double bassist but now restricts his music-making to the cello. He serves on the board of the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia, which celebrated its bicentennial in 2022. His latest book, The Music of Friends: 75 Years of the Chamber Music Conference and Composers’ Forum of the East, was released in 2020. His essays about law, music, books, writing, and literature are on his blog, The Consequences of a Liberal Education. He lives in Mt. Airy with his wife, Jeannine.

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Plenty of Philly Beethoven fans are disappointed to miss this spring’s special roster of birthday concerts. (Photo by Alaina Johns.)

Lockdown reminds us Beethoven’s chamber music isn’t only for professionals

Beethoven and the amateurs

The COVID-19 pandemic halted not only the celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, but also music-making within the amateur community. Public concert series are unlikely to be rescheduled, but David W. Webber promises that amateurs will take up the celebration again.
David W. Webber

David W. Webber

Articles 4 minute read
A black and white photo of Krzywicki, in all black, his arms and hands out as he conducts soprano Kidwell in front of him

Honoring Jan Krzywicki as a composer, conductor, and teacher

Thirty years of contributions to the community

Network for New Music is honoring Jan Krzywicki, its ensemble conductor for more than 30 years, for his many contributions to the New Music community. David W. Webber profiles.
David W. Webber

David W. Webber

Profiles 2 minute read
A group of young students studying in a classroom, sitting at desks, their attention at open books

The Wildflower Composers Festival and the future of contemporary music

A concert in collaboration with the Arcana New Music Ensemble

In its fifth year, the Wildflower Composers Festival continues to push for the equitable inclusion of gender-marginalized composers. David W. Webber previews.
David W. Webber

David W. Webber

Previews 3 minute read
Book cover. Title in white & yellow over a photo of the elderly Lakey smiling broadly while 2 police lead him away handcuffed

Dancing with History: A Life for Peace and Justice, by George Lakey

The right side of history

Lifelong Philly-area activist George Lakey takes us from his working-class Pennsylvania childhood to his career as a leading practitioner, theoretician, and teacher of nonviolent social-change activism. David W. Webber reviews.
David W. Webber

David W. Webber

Reviews 4 minute read