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Items by Leigh Anderson

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Comment: Re: a cappella patriotic music?
My choir just performed "The Race is Run" by Jay Althouse. It is very, very simple and pretty short, so if you are looking for something upbeat and/or challenging this probably isn't it. However, it was composed in remembrance of the Boston Marathon tragedy and the text worked well for 9/11 too. I t...
Forum message: Songs about travel
I'm considering having a themed Fall concert this year at my high school, revolving around travel. I have three choirs, a beginning mixed (with lots of girls, few boys), an intermediate auditioned women's group, and an advanced mixed group with fairly high skill level overall. I know of some great o...
Forum message: Choir with very unbalanced numbers
I will be in my second year at my high school this coming school year. The current enrollment for my beginning, non-auditioned group is 37 girls and 8 boys. I had similar numbers this last year and I made it work, but it was a struggle. I will be working hard to be very visible for the 8th graders n...
Comment: Re: New or different fund raising ideas
I love this idea! Thanks for your response.
Forum message: New or different fund raising ideas
I am a high school choir director, and while I have great resources for fund raising (a music booster program shared between choir and band) I find that the fund raising we do is very sub-par in that we can expect to raise some money with the candy sales and sausage and cheese sales we do, but I am ...
Forum message: Simple contemporary a cappella music
I am looking for a simple, yet fun, contemporary/pop a cappella song, SAB or SATB, that would work for a large group (44). I'm trying to introduce my beginning high school choir to the world of contemporary a cappella, but they are a large group, and I have 32 girls and 12 boys. Most of the boys ar...
Comment: Re: Any advice on "dead-eyed" kids?(High school)
When I first started teaching (I'm a third year director, too), I was an assistant director at a large high school with a very successful program already in place. It was a fantastic training ground for me, and for 2 years I was able to see a lot of things that worked when it came to inspiring kids ...
Comment: Re: Sight Singing Assessment
I know this is old, but I'm so glad to see a middle school teacher who does this! My first year teaching as an assistant choir director in a high school, I learned from an experienced director to teach my high school students to do this. Once they are confident with it, it's the best way to practic...
Forum message: Repertoire for wide range of musical periods
My choir program puts on a final concert at the end of the year, "Spring Sing," which has a different theme every year. In past years, before I taught at the school, the themes have been related to a certain decade or topic, which I think is very limiting and probably caused the music choices to be ...
Forum message: Bass singing a tenor role...help!
My high school is doing "Fiddler on the Roof" this spring, and the boy we cast as Motel (who sings "Miracle of Miracles") is a bass. Normally, this would not have been a good decision, but due to our talent pool it is what we ended up with. He is a pretty good singer, and is in my choir, but his ran...
Forum message: Winter Concert Repertoire
I am looking for a few choral pieces for my high school's upcoming holiday concert. I want a big variety of styles and genres, and would love something that at least has a winter ambience from the Classical, Baroque, or Romantic period, particularly for my advanced mixed choir and beginning mixed ch...
Forum message: Cutting out show choir...
I am in my first year at my new school (3rd year choir director). I am in no way, shape, or form a show choir director. I don't enjoy it, I don't like the music, I don't like the 'costumes,' etc. I don't look down on anyone that does, but it is not my 'thing' and I am not in the business of accomoda...