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Items by Christopher Barbee

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Forum message: Is Choir Specific Social Media a pipe dream? ChoirPlace says NO
Trying to see how many people are aware of a website called ChoirPlace. It is as I said, choir specific social media. Choirs from all over the world have accounts on this site and are posting videos of performances, blogs, etc. You can actually communicate with different groups. One of the questions...
Forum message: SATB arrangement of the spiritual "Going Home"
Hello all!   I'm looking for an arrangement of the spiritual "Going Home". I'm fairly certain everyone knows the tune. I think it's the theme from the Largo movement of Dvorak's 9th symphony.   Preferably not terribly difficult (it's for a relatively small church choir) and definitely SA...
Forum message: ACDA/Choralnet Student Involvement Initiative
My name is Christopher Barbee and I'm the president of Samford University's student chapter of ACDA in Birimingham, AL. I'm working on increasing communication, and collaboration between the student chapters because I believe there is much we could all learn from each other and numerous ways we co...
Comment: Re: GUEST BLOG: "Crawling Through Mud to Get There" by Chris Barbee
Thank you so much!   Would you care to elaborate on your first ACDA experience? What drew you to go in the first place? Could you talk a little more about that shared sense of being? Would you say that you benefited professionally from going? If so, how?   Just looking to hear more about...
Comment: Re: GUEST BLOG: "Crawling Through Mud to Get There" by Chris Barbee
Very true, I believe you're right. If we can't find rejuvenation from others like us, if we don't excite, edify and encourage each other to continue pursuing excellence then what exactly are we doing for each other as a community? Choralnet is so wonderful in that it provides a place to communicat...
Community Forum Post: What are you willing to do to get your members to the national convention?
Here's what we're doing:   -Christmas Caroling -Petitoning our SGA Senate for as much funding as possible -Participating in the quartet scholarship opportunity to be in a "test choir" for a choral conducting workshop -Our members are applying through our state representives for scholars...
Community Forum Post: In the interest of getting the ball rolling: Christmas Caroling
Are any other chapters pursuing this as a means of funding? We are, and it's working out quite well for us. It's helping us get more of our members to the national conference in a big way.   Venues we're pursuing: -Our Law School's Christmas party -Local churches -Local town hall Christ...
Community Forum Post: Hello student chapters of ACDA!
Hello!   I am the president of student ACDA at Samford University in Birmingham, AL and I've been looking for a way to get in touch with members from other chapters around the country. It's our chapters first year in existence but we're trying to get as active as we can as quickly as possible...
Comment: Re: Choral Caffeine: Decaffeinate
There's a certain rejuvination that only the outdoors can bring. They also provide an unending source of inspiration.   This guy agrees with you: SIMPLIFY   I think our art reflects a freedom from the material attachments of our world and links us to something higher, but it shouldn't be...
Comment: Re: What's so important about being involved in the choral community?
Dr. Farris,   As I said to Dr. Livesay, these "party lines" are exactly what I'm looking for. They speak to the meaning that you've been able to find in these conferences and in getting involved in our community. It makes me very very happy to hear these things!   Graduate school options...
Comment: Re: What's so important about being involved in the choral community?
I apologize! Dr. Livesay, not Charles...
Comment: Re: What's so important about being involved in the choral community?
Charles, Thank you!!   Please! Spout more ACDA party lines! They excite and encourage me!   I believe your opinons sound extremely heart felt and I agree with you. What we're doing is so much larger than just us, or just our choir. I can't help but wonder what Paris might have been like ...
Comment: Re: What's so important about being involved in the choral community?
I wouldn't say that it is frustrating me. It's not that they are lazy or dispassionate, it is very much that they are terribly busy and that we, as college students, lack funds to invest in larger conventions. We also have been known to pull people in with food... :)   I like your comments ab...
Comment: Re: What's so important about being involved in the choral community?
I'm sorry if I was unclear. I definitely don't think that national acda is the starting point in regards to being a part of the community. I think, at least for me, it is important to be aware and in touch on a national and international level, mainly because I'm extremely interested in the differ...
Forum message: What's so important about being involved in the choral community?
Disclaimer: I love participating in our wonderful world of choral music. I love meeting and observing new conductors, hearing new choirs, going to conferences and workshops. I'm so happy for the sense of community and family that choralnet and ACDA creates for us as musicians.   My question t...
Comment: Re: Help with gaelic language in celtic traditional song?
Thank you for pointing this out! I will be sure to specify in the future! Hopefully I didn't offend!
Comment: Re: Help with gaelic language in celtic traditional song?
Nancy,   Of course!! I'm familiar with mouth singing, I can't believe that got by me! Thanks so much for pointing it out though. Well, now that I know what it is I suppose it is unlikely that I'll find an actual trascription of it, eh? Do you think I'm stuck trying to transcribe this stuff on...
Forum message: Help with gaelic language in celtic traditional song?
Undergraduate in the process of trying to arrange a traditional celtic song for TTBB called "The Frost Is All Over" here. If you would like to hear the song, The Chieftains recently recorded it on their album "Voice of Ages" here is a link to the song on youtube.   I'm hearing what I believe ...
Forum message: Looking into starting a youth community chorus
A colleague of mine and I are looking into the possibility of starting a youth community chorus program. This group will serve mainly as a performance ensemble, however we are hoping to have time to dedicate to education in the areas of theory, aural skills, sight singing, and vocal technique if a...
Comment: Re: Your favorite Brit Lit?
Also!   Tarik O'Regan: Had I Not Seen The Sun Threshold of Night I Had No Time To Hate  
Comment: Re: Your favorite Brit Lit?
Britten: The Succession of Four Sweet Months
Comment: Re: What sets classical music apart from pop music?
Thank you SO MUCH for all of the responses thus far! This is exactly the kind of discussion I was hoping would arise! I appreciate the feedback from this community. Special thanks to those who disagreed with any of my opinions. I look forward to any future responses!   What a wonderful exchan...
Forum message: What sets classical music apart from pop music?
During a recent conversation with a student of mine during class, I talked about the timelessness of classical music. Specifically, we were talking about Tallis' "If Ye Love Me" and how people have been singing it for over 500 years, and will continue to sing it for 500+ more. The same goes for ma...
Forum message: Growing A Choral Library... An Addiction...
College Choral Ed Student here. Ever since I joined choir my senior year of high school, finding new choral music to listen to has become something of a hobby... or addiction. I've ammased a large collection the last few years, but I feel like I'm close to exhausting the resources available to me....
Comment: Re: A day in the life of Eric Whitacre
I think you may be misinterpreting the article that was written. I'd like to make sure that I'm reading the same one. As an American choral student, I can't say that I find anything in it inherently offensive. I see a lot of talking up about British choirs, but no talking down about Americans. ...
Comment: Re: Your Soon-to-Be ACDA App
I think it would be pretty neat to make live streaming of the ACDA conventions and events available through the app.   Thanks so much for seeing this through! It's nice to know that the people leading ACDA will not allow it to fall behind technologically.
Forum message: Aural skills/Sight singing class for ages 9-16
I'm interested in starting an Aural skills/Sight singing class for the non profit music education program I'm working with. We're hoping to be able to split up age groups this semester. Any suggestions on how the best way to approach teaching these different ages?
Comment: Re: College student just put in charge of choir program for non-profit organization... Help?
Dr. Bell, Thank you so much for your input!! It is greatly appreciated!!!
Forum message: College student just put in charge of choir program for non-profit organization... Help?
Hello all!   The Situation: I am a Choral Music Education major and I am working with a non-profit organization in Alabama called "Scrollworks". Scrollworks provides music lessons on the instrument of choice (most instruments available, including voice) for students in Alabama who ...