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Items by Jeff Tillinghast

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Forum message: "Required" Events vs. "Optional" Festivals (HS)
  Greetings all-- Question for the high school teachers among us.  While the semantics may be different, I'm assuming that we all deal with this issue in some form, and I'm interested in the feedback and thoughts.   We have two sources of funding: "Building" (or "Curriculum") and ASB.  O...
Forum message: "Student as Audience Member" Assessment
Many of us in the public school realm have content standards that say something like... "Students will demonstrate the roles and responsibilities of the performers and the audience in a concert setting."  By definition, the students are all audience members whenever they're at a concert but they'...
Forum message: "Voice as Instrument" SSA/SSAA
Hey all-- I'm looking for one or two more pieces for our upcoming concert featuring music from around the world.  My beginner's (HS) treble choir (50+) is doing a set of "Voice as Instrument" songs:  songs were the voices imitate local/indigenous instruments.  We have Mouth Music and Ej, za dwore...
Community Forum Post: 10 Questions With...
EC says "10 Questions with..." can proceed. Julie-- Any thoughts on whom you want to task with some of the varying steps? How do you want to delegate the recurring process of recruiting, collecting, editing, publishing?
ChoralBlog: 5 Steps to Choral Public Domain Library Mastery
  The Choral Public Domain Library is an enormous resource for programming, research and teaching examples in the choral arts. Even pieces which have wide commercial distribution benefit from CPDL by offering multiple interpretations of text, different historical presentation types and a varie...
ChoralBlog: A ChoralTech Shift
(gettyimages: mstay / iStock Vectors) Over the past couple of years, we've touched on a wide range of technology uses in our field: rehearsal management, choral operations, delivering music and feedback to our musicians, recording and performing. With a few exceptions such as our series on creating ...
ChoralBlog: ACDA Educational Technology
When did you get your first computer? For the ACDA National Office, the answer to this question might surprise you. A few years ago, in response to a need to "modernize" the process of ACDA and, yes, help with that first computer purchase, ACDA created the Technology Committee at the Na...
Community: ACDA Technology Committee
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ChoralBlog: Advertising, Social Media and Streamlining
(fredcavazza.net via Flickr) Do you use social media outlets to advertise your events? It's a simple goal to advertise our concerts and fundraisers using social media, but unpacking all of the terms, strategies, services and options available can become a full-time job, and one that seems ve...
Forum message: Beginners and Range/Tessitura
Hi all-- I have a document working on establishing range for my beginning choirs. I'm a little hesitant about one concept on there, and I'm wondering if the vocal experts among us have some thoughts/feedback. First, the process: 1) We learn how to sing the two range/audition exercises refere...
ChoralBlog: Beyond GarageBand: iOS Recording
Last week, we talked about some microphone options and ways to get audio into an iPad. There are a wide range of setups, from a simple single microphone to a full digital audio workstation, that let you record the audio that you want to work with and share. The next question is what apps to use to r...
Forum message: Borodin: Chorus of the Settlers
Greetings all-- Does anyone have a recommendation of a recording (either audio or video) of this selection from Prince Igor?  Thanks!
ChoralBlog: Build Vocal Method Resources for your Singers to Develop Outside of Rehearsal
(imslp.org) The choral ensemble is a poor vehicle for teaching individual vocal technique. With the limited time we have in front of our groups, and hopefully a large number of singers eager to rehearse, taking rehearsal time to work on individual singing technique beyond a basic level (breath, ...
Community Forum Post: Chat Archives
Trying to open the two chat archives off of the ChoralNet Committee front page, and I get "Sorry, paint function isn't available for this node." Other two uploaded library files work fine.
ChoralBlog: Choose Your Tool Wisely: Mics, Directions and Reading the Poles
I attended a concert recently from a large regional choir. As often happens with large ensembles and performance halls, a single solo mic was brought down front for one piece. When it came time for the soloist, though, it was not one singer that approached the mic but a trio. Even before the trio su...
ChoralBlog: Choral and Music Ed Blog Roundup
​ With all due respect to Twitter, there's no tool that is more powerful to my professional development as a teacher and musician than blogs. While the reflective process of writing for my own blog is extremely meaningful, I gain endless knowledge and inspiration from subscribing to the work share...
Forum message: Choral Music Checklist/Portfolio
Greetings all-- I'm working on evolving my school's portfolio requirements for music, and I could use some input on a document I'd like to pilot next semester.  Based heavily on Randal Swiggum's writing for the Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance program in Wisconsin, I've put together...
ChoralBlog: Choral Tech: Surviving (and Thriving!) at Conference
National Conference time is upon us! For those of us who love conference time as an opportunity to recharge our inspiration, add new tools and literature to our toolboxes, and meet or reconnect with our peers, it's an exciting week ahead. It's also an exhausting one-- It often seems like eve...
Community: ChoralNet Committee
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ChoralBlog: ChoralTech: (Pain-) Free Audition Scheduling with Doodle
At the beginning of the season, it can seem like there's a never-ending pile of things to organize and schedule in order to get our groups off the ground. Thankfully, we can take audition scheduling off the list using a free online scheduling tool called Doodle. Designed to allow groups of peopl...
ChoralBlog: ChoralTech: 2 60-Second Fixes to Edit your Audio
No matter how you record and distribute your audio, there are two basic editing steps that will help you clean up any audio file. Editing audio on your computer can be quick and easy, but it's also something that can open an endless rabbit-hole of tweaking, pulling and fiddling. We're going to kee...
ChoralBlog: ChoralTech: Easy for You to Say!
(tx.english-ch.com)   We've talked several times about easy ways to share audio examples with your ensemble, and ways for your singers to share recordings back with you. While we all strive to support our musicians to be independent as much as possible, there are always limiting factors: time, bo...
ChoralBlog: ChoralTech: How Do You Get Your ChoralNet?
You may have noticed that ChoralBlog has been expanding recently-- adding guest bloggers and trying to spread our scope to present as comprehensive a discussion of choral topics as possible. For many people, ChoralBlog is the most obvious (or even the only?) part of ChoralNet, but our increased focu...
ChoralBlog: ChoralTech: Making your Recordings Shareable
For the last few weeks, we've been talking about getting recordings in, and managing them on, your computer. What do you do with them once they're there? How do you make them the most useful for your purposes, whether for the audience, your own listening or your musicians' practice? If you want to...
ChoralBlog: ChoralTech: Maximizing those Plan Periods
(boingboing.net: A Child's To-Do List)   As Sting said, "There's too much information / running through my brain. Too much information / driving me insane!" To get the most out of our planning times, we need to tame our to-do lists. But the real goal is getting all this "to-do" out of our he...
ChoralBlog: ChoralTech: Never Hand Out Anything Again
Handing out paper in a rehearsal is almost always a disaster: the sound of shuffling papers, the inevitable "I lost it," always having too many copies or not enough, typos that aren't discovered until it's too late… Let's take a couple of minutes and get rid of this "handing out notes" chaos fore...
ChoralBlog: ChoralTech: On Soloists and Microphones
The SM-58. Do you have this mic? Is it the only one you have? (Shure.com)   We spend our hours crafting sound. We build and polish the blend of the ensemble to create a tone which fits the performance style we want, while balancing the strengths of our musicians, until we have the sound that we ...
ChoralBlog: ChoralTech: Recording In!
The idea of sharing audio with our friends, be it for practice or entertainment, isn't a new one. Mixtapes, practice tapes and sing-along recordings have been around as long as we've been able to put sound to recording. Now, though, the ability to record is so ubiquitous that people are often lost...
ChoralBlog: ChoralTech: Storing (and Moving) Big Audio/Video Files
E-mail is a great tool for sending text and documents to each other, but before too long, you'll run up against one of its limitations: you can't send big files with it. For most users, that's not a huge issue, but when we want to send large bits of audio or video to our musicians, we can get in tro...
ChoralBlog: ChoralTech: Storing and Sharing
Are you still handing out practice CD's? Are you not handing out anything at all? The ease of sharing audio with our singers has blown up the idea of the practice tape, and offers myriad ways to customize a practice resource depending on what you want to accomplish. Chris Russell wrote a pos...
ChoralBlog: ChoralTech: Task Management and Swatting Flies
(nytimes.com)   Buzz, buzz, buzz... I call them "flies:" those quick to-dos that are constantly floating across my brain, usually at the worst possible time. They're the ones that pop up in the middle of dinner, a conversation, rehearsal or class. Their buzz often sounds like "I was supp...
ChoralBlog: ChoralTech: Technology is not a Goal
  There’s a set of rules that anything that was in the world when you were born is normal and natural. Anything invented between when you were 15 and 35 is new and revolutionary and exciting, and you’ll probably get a career in it. Anything invented after you’re 35 is against th...
ChoralBlog: ChoralTech: The 60 Second, In Rehearsal, Temperature Check
 (image: www.contactology.com)   In the middle of a rehearsal, it's useful to be able to stop and get some feedback from the ensemble. Gauging the ensemble's comfort level with a particular section, understanding of text, or even asking about the internal sound of a section from the singer's per...
ChoralBlog: ChoralTech: The Creative Commons, and a Different Way to Share
(wikipedia.org)   As conductors, both we and our ensembles generate a tremendous amount of information - some of it in aural or visual performance, some of it in our research and program notes, and some in our presentations, journal notes and articles for professional organizations. In the past, ...
ChoralBlog: ChoralTech: The Fog of War
Bear with me while I try to apply military strategy to our choral art. Military strategy has a term called "the Fog of War" which refers to uncertainty, specifically areas of engagement that can't be known from one's position. Wikipedia: "The term seeks to capture the uncertainty regarding one's o...
ChoralBlog: ChoralTech: The Modern Conductor
(Howtosurviveschool101.blogspot.com)   As an educational technologist, I spend a lot of time working with teachers on skills necessary for teaching and learning in the "modern school environment." These skills or competencies add new tools to a professional's toolbox in ord...
ChoralBlog: ChoralTech: The Never-Ending Rehearsal
A core challenge for many choirs of all ages/ranges is helping our musicians practice between rehearsals. Thankfully, there are many ways that we can extend what happens in the rehearsal room and make it possible for our singers (of any level) to get work in on our literature in that "rest of thei...
ChoralBlog: ChoralTech: Use Spotify to share music with your musicians
Sharing audio examples with our singers is a great way to reinforce the "choral language" out of the rehearsal room. Singers with examples of choral tone, other language singing, or stylistic differences in genre and era will be more able to recall and execute them in the rehearsal a...
ChoralBlog: ChoralTech: Who's in Your Network
ChoralNet consistently strives to be the online professional network for us as choral conductors, and for ACDA in general. For many of us, myself included, we came to ChoralNet looking to ask questions, disuss new ideas, and learn from the experience of our peers. Beyond ChoralNet, though, there a...
ChoralBlog: ChoralTech: Why You Might Love iTunes More than You Think
  Welcome to part 2 of our 3-part series on basic recording. Last time, we talked about "Recording In"-- ways to get audio into your computer, tablet or another device. Next week, we'll talk about ways to share, edit and distribute audio. This week, though, I wanted to show you a couple of v...
Forum message: Crowdsourcing: Subjective vs. Objective
Ahh... Crowdsourcing. My new best friend.   I have a Music Appreciation class (high school) that is struggling with the concept of Subjective vs. Objective. Can't blame them-- in today's environment, he who yells loudest must be right, no? I use Moodle for all of our tests, which means that i...
ChoralBlog: Data and the Practicing Musician
One of the great hallmarks of the mobile computing era is the role of data in everyday lives. The omnipresence of computing devices means that an enormous amount of data is being generated, in real-time, as well as being analyzed. This data doesn't just have to be quantitative (or "number...
Forum message: Debussy French Pronunciation
Greetings all-- Wondering if anyone can provide an audio or video recording of some French text for my group-- I found one recording by Renee Fleming, but it would take better ears than mine to get any intelligible diction through the reverb.  Thanks! Beau Soir, Debussy  (http://artsongcentral.com...
Forum message: Favorite Opera Choruses?
Greetings all-- We're opening a new high school campus this fall, and I've been given a budget to build our new library since we're dividing our current school's resources in half.  I'm using this opportunity to look at our current stock by era, genre, language, etc. in order to have the most repre...
Community Forum Post: Feature Suggestions
I thought that as we're shaking out the bugs, quick one-shot feature suggestions could go in a running thread, rather than needing each to have a separate one. Maybe we can make that a sticky thread.   Do we have sticky threads?
Borrowing request: George Crumb: Apparition
Item: Apparition Composer/Arranger/Edition: George Crumb Starting: ASAP For: 2 months or purchase? Copies: 1 Willing to rent: No Hey all-- I have a couple of sopranos who want to dive into Apparition.  The music new is a bit expen...
ChoralBlog: Getting the Most out of ChoralNet
As a regular ChoralNet visitor, you know the wide range of resources, discussions and information crossing through the site on a regular basis. Many users don't take advantage of the features that ChoralNet offers to keep this information in a useful, efficient and customized format. Just like any i...
ChoralBlog: Google Sites Host Your Choir's Resources
We've talked in the past about setting up websites for sharing your choir's information with the world, but you might want a website for a different purpose: sharing information internally with your choir. There are some immediate benefits to having a central place where all of your musicians can ac...
ChoralBlog: Guest ChoralTech: A DIY Website Crash Course
  Have you wondered about having a website for your group? Not sure where to begin? Decided "it ain't for me?" Today is the first of a series from guest ChoralTech blogger Seth Garrepy on how to build your own choral website. “Your choir needs a websit...
ChoralBlog: Guest ChoralTech: DIY Websites--Buy This, Get a Website
  Does your choir need a website? Yes! Yes, it does! This is the second in ChoralTech Guest Blogger Seth Garrepy's series on DIY Web Design. Check out his first article while you're at it, and come back next week for the thrilling conclusion.   “Buy this, Get a Website”   ...