This week on ACDA Radio, ChoralNet and Going Beyond Words, you will enjoy a 180 degree turn as host Stan Schmidt gives you a quiz about an amazing American composer. He was born in 1893 and wrote hit after hit with a great number of his compositions finding their way
Thanks for listening to our U.S. broadcast premiere last week. If you missed it, look for the Going Beyond Words post for August 30 and relive Oratorium Nativitatis by Damijan Močnik. Next for your listening interest, Stan Schmidt, host for Going Beyond Words on ACDA Radio and ChoralNet, adds another
By Richard Clark In their simplest form, choir robes and choral garments have been in existence since antiquity. The notion of a uniformed collective of singers extends almost as far back as civilization itself to the Ancient Greeks, as portrayed on classic ceramics and earthenware. The format of figures wearing
Choral Clarity Presents: Rehearsal Rules and Procedures are extremely important; choosing the RIGHT rules, which may differ from choir to choir, will set a positive and productive learning environment for each and every student. Regardless of which rules best suit your ensemble, “Be Respectful” is a BAD REHEARSAL RULE FIND OUT WHY!
“Theater people are always pining and agonizing because they’re afraid that they’ll be forgotten. And in America they’re quite right. They will be.” Agnes de Mille Today we revisit two Choral Ethics stories. One is a follow-up with a happier ending. And the other is not totally a happy ending.
I have been most fortunate in that, during the course of writing Music Within Reach, many readers have suggested attainable pieces that have worked for their choirs and several composers have sent some of their own works that they think fit the bill. On occasion, I would like to take
Wrapping the Arms of Structure Around Your Middle School Singers I’m not sure whether it’s a good thing or not, but I have been asked many times after a concert with my 300+ middle school choral music students, “What do you SAY to the students that keeps them
Choral Clarity Presents: We live in a democratic country, but that doesn’t mean our officers should be chosen democratically. When students enter our choir room and/or our rehearsal, they enter our world and our culture. Too many choir directors create and/or allow a ridiculous election process to occur. But even the
A version of this post first appeared on the OUPblog on April 21, 2017, and is reprinted with permission of Oxford University Press. Choral singing has been, for some 150 years, one of the mainstays of local music-making and entertainment in the rural regions of Britain. As Director of Music at
Choral Clarity Blog Presents: Senioritis in our high school choir is our fault. We have created the ability for our students to act this way. My previous blog post addresses ways to minimize these symptoms. This latest blog offers the cure. Find the Cure for High School Choir SENIORITIS