Category : choir

Appropriation: Thoughts on world musics

Unless you are a composer, every musician is guilty of appropriation. It’s the nature of our art: we take someone else’s music and make it our own. Indeed, the act

Singing In Tune: Intonation Ideas for the Choir Singing In Tune: Intonation Ideas for the Choir

Singing In Tune: Intonation Ideas for the Choir Vocalists often struggle with singing in tune. How do we know if we are singing the right pitch? Training the ear is

Choir Lesson #6: Stagger Breathing

Choir Membership Teaches Many Life Lessons Singing in a choir allows us time to practice being together with a shared goal. In a previous post, I discussed 5 spiritual lessons of the

Politics and Music

Music and Politics Songs have been used to foster patriotism; national anthems, patriotic songs, and campaign jingles arouse the spirit. Anti-government songs are the other side of the political music spectrum:

Silence: Exploring 4’33” by John Cage

Where Does Silence Begin? Claude Debussy famously quipped “Music is the silence between the notes.” Or consider this wisdom from an old Zen koan: “It is the silence between the notes

The Judges

Banishing Negative Self-Talk For the first several years after I started my job as music director, I had a lot of anxiety about the job. I often came home on

3 Listening Lessons for the Choir… And for Life!

3 Listening Lessons for the Choir As part of an ongoing series about spiritual practice and music, this blog post will focus on the art of listening. Music practice is

The 5 Spiritual Lessons From Choir

Being a member of a choir can be a deeply spiritual experience. Every choir is an intentional community of individuals with a common purpose. We come together to inspire and

Con Text: Poetry and Music

Context What makes vocal music different from instrumental music? Of course there are obvious differences like the lack of fingerings or bow marks. But the most profound difference is that

Saving for Later

Stick a pin in it – Saving these websites for later. I keep a running list of articles, websites, leads that I want to investigate further. Here are some of the