Much of this week’s post is excerpted from the first installment of Music Within Reach, but I feel compelled from time to time to remind myself of why I am on a crusade for accessibility in choral music. The following, for me, sums it up. There is no shortage of stellar choral
“As a child I loved ghost stories.” Rebecca Hall The Choral Ethics Cyber-Mailbag is filled to overflowing. Sit back for the first blog in a long series of Choral Ethics blogs about all sorts of problems. This fall, we deal with some newish Choral Ethics concerns as well as some
On This broadcast of Going Beyond Words, ACDA Radio and ChoralNet, Host Stan Schmidt invites you to be part of a very special edition. You will hear the Oratorio Women of Valor based on Important Jewish Women of the Old Testament. The composer is Andrea Clearfield. It is scored for
I often find myself thinking that there is an overabundance of choral music out there for December, Christmas, and winter. This may be true, but experience has taught me that finding the perfect pieces that fit all of our needs—performance-based, educational, accessibility—is no easy task. If you find yourself in
“If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. The more things you do, the more you can do.” Lucille Ball What with reading the Chorus America report for my Blog and my birthday fast approaching on Sunday, I’ve been doing a bit of soul searching lately.
This week on ACDA Radio and ChoralNet, Stan Schmidt, Host of Going Beyond Words begins his 25th year as host of one of the longest running vocal and choral program in the country. Go back 24 years to the first program which began in October 1993. You can enjoy several selections
Choir Clarity Blog Presents: If we want to keep our students engaged throughout the year, we need to find opportunities to “change-up” our daily rehearsals. Halloween is a great excuse for “keeping things interesting”, AND it can also be used quite productively! Make your Choir Halloween Rehearsal memorable, creative, and
Are you ever going to grow up? Suggestions for the Middle School Teacher I was on the phone with one of my dearest friends from my college days at UNC-Greensboro recently. I don’t recall what we were talking about, but all of the sudden, she said to me while laughing, “Are
Choral Clarity Blog Presents: Even beginning choirs can still become filled with great sight-singers over the course of the year. When choirs are filled with sight-singers, rehearsal moves faster, singers remain focused, more music is learned, and the music-making process occurs sooner. With this increased productivity comes more enjoyment for everyone.
Baldassare Galuppi (1706-1785), if remembered at all, is largely known today for his early comic operas. However, he was employed as maestro di cappella at St. Mark’s in Venice for many years and also worked at one of the infamous Ospedali in Venice, as did Vivaldi, Lotti, and many others.