Lin Warren: More than Just Music

March 24, 2009

When Choral Director contacted Lin Warren about being the subject of this month’s UpClose feature, his immediate response was, “I don’t like talking about myself or touting my accomplishments. It makes me feel uncomfortable. I’m not sure how I feel about an interview.” This, as one can imagine, was not the typical response to an […]

Travel in Hard Times

In tight economic times, travel is one of the first areas businesses, schools, and even families look to cut back on. However, for many vocal music programs, venturing out on performance tours and attending festivals or competitions is an integral part of the experience. These trips are often the culmination of a year of hard […]

American Perspective Vocal Jazz, Part II: Medium Difficult and Advanced

Last issue, I explored vocal jazz arrangements that could give singers new to the idiom a successful foray into it. In this issue, I focus on arrangements for more experienced jazzers. I freely admit to not being an expert on the jazz genre or the vocal jazz idiom. There are plenty of experts out there, […]

2009, March

Oxford University Press Aesop’s FablesThis new choral work by Bob Chilcott sets five of Aesop’s famous fables to a musical setting: “The Hare and the Tortoise;” “The Mountain in Labour;” The Fox and the Grapes;” The North Wind and the Sun;” and “The Goose and the Swan.” This is a suitable concert work for all […]

ACDA Turns 50

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the American Choral Directors Association, which has grown through the decades to become a highly respected international organization of over 20,000 directors worldwide. The ACDA provides its members with a passel of terrific offerings, including conferences where directors have the opportunity to find out the latest trends in […]

2009, March

The Grammy Awards Choral WinnersThe 51st annual Grammy Awards were presented in Los Angeles, Calif. on February 8th. The award for best choral performance was given to the 64-member Berlin Radio Choir and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, for their interpretation of the “Symphony of Psalms” by Igor Stravinsky. Performance Opportunities […]

The Choral Commission: An Interview with Composer Ruth Elaine Schram

This spring will be the second time the 8th Grade Choir at Learwood Middle School in Avon Lake, Ohio will commission and premiere a piece of music written by composer Ruth Elaine Schram. In a recent interview with Michael Lisi, Learwood Middle School vocal music director, Ruthie, as her friends call her, discusses her long, […]