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GRAMMY-award-winning conductor and professional listener Craig Hella Johnson joins me for an interview on presence, honesty, and realizing the music with your choir. This is an audio podcast. LISTEN HERE Biography Renowned as one of today’s most influential voices in choral conducting, Craig Hella Johnson brings unparalleled depth of knowledge, artistic

Does anyone have a good resource (YouTube perhaps) of body percussion for "White Winter Hymnal" where the students are not dependent on the others around them? ... See MoreSee Less

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Joseph ZachowskiFollowing, we are doing this piece too!

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Joseph ZachowskiFound these, kids love to try and get these down. I'm looking for an approach that could work with a large ensemble (62 SAB mostly 9th graders) standing on risers, with independent rhythms instead patting each other's thighs. Tough to perform their original motions while standing, stage setup not conducive to sitting.

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Brett R. BurtonTrue...I took them down because I didn't read the whole post...football game distracted me.

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Barbara Branson Miedemayoutu.be/Di9arwudttg. There are a lot of tutorials on YouTube. With your number of students, you could have a small group seated doing the original body percussion, and then have the rest who are standing doing something less involved.

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Emily K. TousekI'm in the same boat. I have a smaller chamber size group doing this though. I haven't been sticking to the original movements, but rather just the original rhythm. I've found that it's a challenge for my kids to keep the original rhythm going without speeding up. I do like how the pentatonix video shows each person being assigned to a specific rhythm though that contributes to the overall effect. There might be something in that idea that I can work with my choir.

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The ACDA Honor Choir made up of the top high school singers from all across the U.S. came together in Washington, D.C. for three days of rehearsals, sightseeing, and a sold-out concert in Old Town Alexandria before departing on a concert tour of Prague, Salzburg, and Vienna. All of the concert venues were at full capacity and people were turned away at both the kick-off concert in Alexandria and at the first concert in Prague! Other highlights include a wonderful exchange with a school just outside of Salzburg, impromptu singing at various sights along the Sound of Music Tour, and a workshop and concert with Insingizi, a trio from Zimbabwe based in Vienna. Post-tour communication with ACDA include reports of strong friendships forged during the tour and plans for choir members to reconnect at upcoming regional conferences.

Standing room only audience at Prague’s gorgeous St. Nicholas Church.

Standing room only audience at Prague’s gorgeous St. Nicholas Church.

Hello from Karlstejn Castle, Prague!

Hello from Karlstejn Castle, Prague!

School exchange in Traunstein, Germany, just over the border in Salzburg.

School exchange in Traunstein, Germany, just over the border in Salzburg.

Last stop Vienna with a workshop and concert in the gothic Minoritenkirche.

Last stop Vienna with a workshop and concert in the gothic Minoritenkirche.


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