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Items by Mike Allen

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Forum message: Borrow Gear In Vienna
We are leaving for Europe in 15 days. We were planning to rent equipment for a vocal jazz performance (bass, guitar, amps for both, electric keyboard, small PA system for the vocalists) and the price just came in and it was pretty outrageous. Does anyone have a school or community contact in Vienna,...
Comment: Re: Choir that won't rehearse
Here's a quick update . . . . I took the "round up" idea and ran with it. I taught the kids how it worked during classes on Monday and Tuesday and today we will have our first go at it. I had them circle up and rehearse as if we were in a round up but they had their music in their hands and had tim...
Comment: Re: Choir that won't rehearse
Thanks for all of these replies! There are some great thoughts.   I do have a practice log in place. Kids are rrequired to turn in 120 minutes per week. 10% of their grade is tied to the logs. About half of them never turn them in and are ok with getting a B in the class.   I do testing in oct...
Forum message: Choir that won't rehearse
Hi, I've hit the wall. My high school Chamber Choir will not get their music learned. They don't rehearse outside of class and anything that does get done on the music happens with me in front of the group. I'm super frustrated. Here's a little "back story". The group is made up of juniors and se...
Forum message: District Choral Festival Suggestions
Hi, I am looking for some suggestions for two or three part literature for our District Choral Festival. Our situation is that we have 9 elementary schools that do choirs (5th and 6th grade students) as before/after school activities. They meet one or two times each week. As the high school dir...
Forum message: Sight Reading Rules and Ideas
We are instituting a sight reading component in our high school choral festival. I'm hoping some of you will share how you facilitate this in your area.   1. What are the rules? 2. Is there a list of approved selections? 3. How do you score the choirs? 4. Director involvement?   Yo...
Forum message: Planning Your Own Tour In Europe
I am looking at taking my Chamber Choir and Vocal Jazz Ensemble to Europe in the summer of 2012. I have traveled with a tour company before and was fine with it but I think I can do what they did on my own. I'm wondering if any of you have had success in this area. I would need to hire: Bus To...
Forum message: Music Technology Class Curriculum
I'm sure there are some of you who are teaching some sort of Music Technology or Commercial Music class. We are putting together a class and I'm looking for ideas from you. If you would be willing to share your syllabus or other class curriculum with me I would appreciate it. I'll compile everythi...
Forum message: If YOUR Chamber Choir were selected for . . . .
If YOUR Chamber Choir were selected to sing a 25 minute set for an MENC Convention concert hour what would you select as the "I've gotta do this tune" selection? My group is 23 voices and we do largely a cappella selections ranging from early to contemporary music. I'd love to hear what you would ...
Announcement: EXCHANGE CONCERT IN NYC?
Hi, I am bringing my Chamber Choir and Vocal Jazz groups to NYC April 7-10. Would there be any of you that would like to do an exchange concert at your place? On the flip side, if anyone is coming to the Pacific Northwest we'd love to do the same. You can contact me privately at allenmd@skitsap.wedn...
Forum message: Mezzo Soprano Solo Literature Suggestions
Would any of you be able to reccomend some solo literature for a student who has qualified for the state festival? She doesn't currently have a private instructor so we're looking for some help.