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  • The Hope of Singing

    Choral Director Magazine | April 26, 2021If there were ever a time when singers needed hope, the past year has been that time. Read More...
  • Hot Cross Buns

    Choral Director Magazine | March 19, 2021One a Penny, Two a Penny... Read More...
  • Warm Up on Canons

    Choral Director Magazine | February 12, 2021Chances are good that if you’re a choral director, you already have a choice selection of canons in your bag of tricks. Read More...
  • The Blue Bird

    Choral Director Magazine | November 30, 2020Although he is little recognized today, the English composer Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (1852 – 1924) was one of the most prominent musicians in the English-speaking world at the end of the 19th and early 20th centuries, and he had considerable influence on the work of many composers and musicians whose work is better known. […] Read More...
  • The Seven Last Words of the Unarmed

    Choral Director Magazine | August 19, 2020A Choral Work for Our Time. Read More...
  • Making Music During the Pandemic

    Choral Director Magazine | May 27, 2020Thoughts on how to keep music making alive during a pandemic. Read More...
  • As I Went Over Tawny Marsh

    Choral Director Magazine | March 18, 2020This gem, beloved by my choirs, was a staple of my children’s choir repertoire for many years. Read More...
  • Universal Music Education

    Choral Director Magazine | February 17, 2020As we enter the third decade of the twenty-first century, the time has come for music educators to stop pussyfooting around and advocate for universal music education. Indeed, it is long past time. We should stop wasting valuable time – time that belongs to us and to the children in our care – and we […] Read More...
  • Herring’s Head

    Choral Director Magazine | November 22, 2019“Herring’s Head“ is a cumulative folksong that I have taught and sung with students of all ages at many schools over the course of my teaching career. It features humorous lyrics that deliver a conservation message about whole animal or “nose to tail” eating (mindful consumption). “Herring’s Head’s” call-and-response structure, extroverted attitude, and whimsy made it a popular and […] Read More...
  • The Boar’s Head Carol

    Choral Director Magazine | October 21, 2019For about 25 years, I spent nearly every holiday season consumed by the preparations and execution of a big school performance. I have directed so many of these, with students of all grade levels, K-12. In fact, for much of my adult life, I spent most of each fall listening to, arranging, teaching, and rehearsing […] Read More...
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