Mix and Match

February 17, 2020

A simple way of rewriting parts that allows us directors to adjust a score for changing circumstances.

Major Scale Mashup

November 22, 2019

This one-page layout presents many of the various combinations of names and usage in a way that invites engagement and excitement as this otherwise dry information is absorbed.

Lyrical Blackface?

October 21, 2019

Is there such a thing as “lyrical blackface”? Do you ever encounter it on your podium? What happens when you do?

Warm Ups

August 28, 2019

The first step in combining our voices for effect is the warm-up.

Practice: Rehearse, Perform, Repeat

May 9, 2019

Work with church and ad hoc community choirs has helped me understand the difference between “practice” and “rehearsal.”

Adding Original Music to Your Mix

December 19, 2018

Help you choir expand their awareness of a variety of musical options.


November 16, 2018

One of our inherent goals as kappelmeisters is to reach out to the community and gather singers to add to our core participants.

Reggae and the Map

September 5, 2018

by Fred Bogert The combined voices of a choir can really bring folks together, performers and audiences alike. And over the years the deep, shimmering tonalities of choral singing have been a mainstay of the arts for communities worldwide. Part of my recent adventures as composer and director has been to bring elements of other […]

Inadvertent Mentors

December 1, 2017

Finding ways to blur the separation between school and the streets to help the kids experience more ownership of the music they sing.

All Sing!

October 30, 2017

Having a young choir occasionally invite folks to “all sing” on one of their songs can help spread unity in the community.

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