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Items by David York

Results: 8
Title Author Date
Comment: Re: What is the most perfect piece of choral music ever composed? Opinions, please.
Victoria - "O Magnum Mysterium"
Comment: Re: C. Effinger Tempowatch
I like my tempo watch and still use it occasionally to verify a tempo for marking scores, but not while conducting.  "Tempo Tapper" on my iPhone is easier, more effective, and always with me - though it's unlikely you'll want to give an iPhone app as a gift.  The tempo watch as a gift to a 21st ...
Comment: Re: Solutions for reading glasses
A number of years ago I had Lasik surgery in both eyes (I wept with joy the first morning I could read the clock without getting out of bed).  As presbyopia set in (I'm 54 now) - a condition that can't be corrected w/ Lasik surgery - my eyes have settled into monovision: one eye sees distance wel...
Comment: Re: What sets classical music apart from pop music?
...and let's remain mindful of the skill and imagination required to conjure an effective 'hook.'   I recall a wonderful discussion on NPR about film scores comparing the work of John Williams to that of other Academy Award nominees, citing John Williams' style as being more theme-based than ...
Comment: Re: Gay Composers
Given the high concentration of queers* in choral music, the fact that the very art form is born of the church, and the history of religious persecution against homosexuality, it seemed inevitable that we’d see a collision of values in this discussion.  C’est la vie.  And tempting as it i...
Comment: Re: Ticketing Ideas for Church Concert Series
First question to resolve is which is more effective - a free-will offering (suggested donation amount) or making it a ticketed event.  The main benefit to using a free-will offering is virtually no administrative hassle up front.  It requires some infrastructure DURING the event to make an effe...
Comment: Re: Choir Awards
Thank you, Diane, for this information.  It's just the kind of guide I'm seeking.  I've ordered curriculum materials from GIA to compare with the resources we use.  Thank you also for the invitation to follow up privately with questions.  Once I've had an opportunity to study all of this infor...
Comment: Re: Choir Awards
I work with boychoirs and have often thought that achievement awards could serve to motivate the boys to excel - kind of like the colored belt system used in Marshall Arts.  I'm not so keen on making the awards competitive (i.e. 'the best' at any one task), rather a marker for having reached an e...