Many of us are now in the throes of the last couple weeks of school. Concerts are over, the students are restless (the teachers are even more so!). As I wind down the year, I make the time pass by beginning to plan for next school year. I have 30
“I can live for two months on a good compliment.” Mark Twain This week we will look at stories from two high school chorus directors. One teaches in a private school and the other teaches in a public school. Both have had to deal with administration’s lack of understanding about
This week on Going Beyond Words and ACDA Radio Host Stan Schmidt creates a Spring Collage of diverse interests with choral works from Austria, Sweden, Italy, Finland, and England. Our Stiles range from the Baroque to a Swedish Composer Born in 1981. Creations are from Isfrid Kayser, Fredrik Sixten, Ippolitp
Choral Clarity Blog Presents: I agree with the criticism about the “award-bearing” adolescent world we live in today. Every student gets a trophy. Students get participation awards just for breathing. Does Every Student Deserve An Award? The answer isn’t as cut and dry as you might think…..
The February issue of Choral Journal features a special series of articles on the topic of multigenerational choral singing. You can read a preview of all the articles available in that issue in this post. Following is a section from the article by John C. Hughes and Jon Hurty, “A Life
I am always looking for SATB music. I have a small select ensemble at my high school and a large mixed church choir at a Unitarian Universalist church. Many times, I am able to use some of the same music for both school and church. However, for a number of
“If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.” Abraham Lincoln I don’t know what it is but there is something strange going on this spring. I have had more than my usual number of emails about People Behaving Badly
This week on Going Beyond Words and ACDA Radio, Host Stan Schmidt asks this question….What Do you think of these. You will hear music from India, Germany, Italy and Austria by Composers Monteverdi, Franz Joseph Haydn, Johannes Brahms and Hans Schanderl. Artists included The Miami University Men’s Glee Club, The
Choral Clarity Presents: Elections don’t work. At least, they don’t work in determining the best potential officers in choirs. Find out the 9 Steps to Choosing the Right Officers for your Choral Program Just because a student is well-liked or super-talented doesn’t mean they will be a good officer.
The June/July issue of Choral Journal features a special article for the On the Voice series. Sharon Hansen has been a member of the Choral Journal editorial board and editor of the On the Voice article series for many years and writes about the history of On the Voice in