Category : choir

Rebound Breath: Technique for Singers and Wind Players Rebound Breath: Technique for Singers and Wind Players

Rebound Breath: Technique for Singers and Wind Players For wind players and singers, finding places to breathe is a constant struggle. We must balance the demands of the phrase with

Eating Popcorn with Chopsticks: Novelty Is the Spice of Life

Popcorn, Chopsticks, Flute? A recent research study at The Ohio State University (my alma mater) recently caught my attention. I knew from the title that this was going to be

Musical Web: Sharing Links and Ideas

The Musical Web A couple of weeks ago, my daughter took an audition for the youth orchestra. As she was warming up in the practice room, we talked about how

Competitions and Contests: Lessons from the Trenches

Competitions and Contests Another Solo and Ensemble Contest season has come and gone. All of my middle school and high school flute students participated this year. I feel that competitions

Vocal Resistance Choir

Vocal Resistance, Central Ohio’s Social Justice Choir, is in the March issue of 614 Magazine Thank you, Laura Dachenbach and the editors of 614 Magazine, for including Vocal Resistance in

The Singing Revolution: Another Vision for Activism

The Singing Revlolution Offers a Model for Nonviolent Protest The Singing Revolution is the name given to the Estonian uprising that led to freedom from the USSR in 1991. It

Creative Ideas for the Studio: Decorating a Recorder

Creative Ideas for the Studio: Decorating a Recorder I love my students and their creative ideas. My students and their families are some of the coolest people in the world. I’m

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