- Lawrence Schenbeck
(b Portland, OR, June 22, 1965). American music critic. After studies at Yale (BA 1986, Classical Civilization), she spent 12 years in Munich, supporting herself as a translator and freelance writer on opera, concert music, visual art, theater, and dance for Opera News, The Wall Street Journal, Opernwelt, and other publications. Upon her return to the United States, she continued to freelance, contributing frequently to Newsday, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Die Welt, ARTnews, and more. She was the first woman to review classical music regularly for the New York Times (2001–7); a selection is included in Da Capo Best Music Writing 2006. In 2008 she became chief classical music critic of the Washington Post, exploring both local and national issues and events while maintaining a blog, “The Classical Beat.” Midgette has lectured or held guest residencies at Bowling Green State University, Florida State University, the Juilliard School, and the NEA Institute for Classical Music Critics. She is coauthor of two books, ...