Chicago Classical Review was created by Lawrence A. Johnson in May 2009 to provide a new source for comprehensive coverage of the city’s bustling classical music scene.

Editor/Lead Critic

Lawrence A. Johnson
Born in Chicago, Lawrence A. Johnson is the former classical music critic of the Miami Herald and, prior to that, classical music writer at the South Florida Sun Sentinel. He was a freelance critic for the Chicago Tribune throughout the 1990s, covering classical music as well as rock and theater, and wrote regularly for the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Opera News, Opera and The New Criterion. Johnson moved back to Chicago in 2009 to launch Chicago Classical Review. In addition to continuing to serve as lead critic of CCR, he is also founder and editor of New York Classical Review and all the other Classical Review sites.

In 2014 Johnson launched the American Music Project, a nonprofit foundation committed to advocating for American classical music of the past through performance grants and selectively commissioning new works from American composers.

Regular Contributors

Michael Cameron
Michael Cameron has been a regular contributor to CCR since 2011 after a decade of freelance writing for the Chicago Tribune. He reviewed recordings for Fanfare for many years, and has also contributed to Musical America and the Ravinia Festival summer programs. As a double bassist he has premiered over 200 solo and chamber works. He received a master’s degree and performer’s certificate from Indiana University, and is a professor of double bass at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

Wynne Delacoma
Wynne Delacoma is the former classical music critic of the Chicago Sun-Times and an adjunct faculty member focusing on arts reporting at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and Integrated Marketing. She is a Chicago-based freelance critic, feature writer and lecturer. In addition to CCR, her regular media outlets include MusicalAmerica.com.

John Y. Lawrence
A contributor to Chicago Classical Review since May 2014, John Y. Lawrence is a PhD candidate in music history and theory at the University of Chicago, and has taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has a master’s degree in musicology from King’s College London and was a music and English major at Yale University, where he specialized in musical theatre composition.

Tim Sawyier
Tim Sawyier has been a contributor to Chicago Classical Review since July 2014. He studied oboe at the Curtis Institute of Music and was twice a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. He subsequently earned two master’s degrees: one in European history from the University of Chicago, and another in clinical counseling and psychotherapy from the Institute for Clinical Social Work.

Currently he sees adults in individual psychoanalytic therapy as a post-graduate fellow at both the Lakeview Center for Psychotherapy and the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute, and is pursuing advanced studies in psychoanalysis at the latter.