Category : choir

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

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