The ALIVE Project and You

March 22, 2011

While giving a presentation in Stockholm for the Swedish chapter of the Percussive Arts Society’s Day of Percussion in 2004, Allan Molnar stated, “Back in the 1980s, musicians began taking computers to gigs so they could replace live musicians with MIDI instruments. Now musicians can take computers to gigs and replace MIDI instruments with live […]

Top 10 Travel Destinations

“So much to see, so little time to see it,” goes the age-old saying. And it’s true: it’s a big world out there, full of opportunity to learn and explore. For school choral groups, there is no single “right” or “wrong” place for an ensemble trip or performance tour. (Actually, there may be a wrong […]

New Releases: General Concert Selections II

This is the last of a series of columns featuring releases from 2009 and 2010. Previous articles in this series featured holiday, general concert, cross-cultural, and American Heritage selections. Each has included a variety of voicings and difficulties. This column returns to the general concert theme, with works useful throughout the year. My next series […]

Score One for the Kids

During their annual holiday concert on December 16, 2010, the fifth grade chorus of Staten Island’s Public School 22 received quite a surprise. Actress Anne Hathaway, a New York City native and co-host of the recent Oscars, came out of the wings of the stage to inform the group and the audience that arrangements had […]

March 2011

Jangus Music’s Wi AudioStream EL Jangus Music’s Wi AudioStream#153; EL Pocket Portable Stereo Digital Wireless Microphone Audio Monitoring System is described by the company as being the first stereo digital wireless system ever to combine all the features required for mini mic and in-ear monitoring in a small, rugged, lightweight design. Weighing in at 1.08 […]

March 2011

Registration Open for 7th World Choir Games INTERKULTUR, the International Organizing Committee of the World Choir Games, has announced that the registration documents for the 7th World Choir Games in Cincinnati are now available to all amateur choirs, worldwide. For the first time in the history of the World Choir Games, the competition will be […]

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

In today’s environment of budget cuts and ever increasing demands on teacher time, this song from The Clash seems like an appropriate anthem for music programs across the country. For decades, performance travel has been a cornerstone of the school music experience. The benefits for students are undeniable, but are they justifiable in the current […]

Travel Dreams Come True

Jeff Nesseth, director of choirs at Central High School in Burlington, Illinois, loves to travel. Since taking over the CHS choral music program in 1996, he’s brought his vocal groups across Europe, with stops in Great Britain, Italy, Germany, and Eastern Europe, among other locations. Jeff was introduced to the excitement of traveling with a […]

It was 20 years ago today…

January 20, 2011

As we celebrate March as “Music in Our Schools” month, some readers may not be aware of the events that occurred 20 years ago to help preserve music education in our schools and launch the modern era of music and arts education advocacy thus, the homage to the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. […]