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Rich Choir, Poor Choir, Politics Call the Tune

May 23, 2016

Can you imagine a school football team that still uses leather helmets and metal spiked cleats?

With Respect to Copyright

April 9, 2015

A good time to talk about respecting the oh-so-complicated world of music when it comes to copyrights

Building Bridges

August 27, 2014

Editor Eliahu Sussman comments on an eventful summer.

Score One for the Kids

April 19, 2011

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 been made to fly the PS22 chorus out to L.A. to perform live at the 83rd Academy Awards.

Score One for the Kids

March 22, 2011

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 […]

The Power of Public Performance

January 19, 2011

The power of music is not exclusive to the concert hall or dedicated music lover. At approximately 8:00am on March 23, 2009, Antwerp, Belgium’s bustling Central Station was overrun by what might be described as a “flash mob.” For those who are unfamiliar, a flash mob is defined by Wikipedia as “a group of people […]

The Virtual Choir

December 2, 2010

Music is an inherently social vehicle. Whether sharing a song behind closed doors with the other members of an ensemble or presenting it onstage to an audience, those who make music are communicating with everyone within earshot, transmitting emotions and ideas, both verbal and non-verbal, concrete and abstract. Interestingly, many of the methods by which […]

SuBo and Sanctuaries

September 28, 2010

You probably already know who SuBo is. In case you don’t, that nickname refers to Susan Boyle, the 49-year-old Scottish singer who lived in relative obscurity until last year, when she auditioned for and won the opportunity to perform live on the British reality TV show, “Britain’s Got Talent.” Initially mocked for her “plain” appearance […]

The “Glee” Effect

August 17, 2010

Show choir is riding high these days. And it may be helped at least in some small part by the emergence of TV shows like “Glee,” which glamorize elements of the choral arts and assist in building enthusiasm for choir among segments of the student population that might not typically gravitate towards vocal ensembles. An […]

Music is Power

May 20, 2010

Music is unique among art forms in its capacity to empower people. It can transcend language and socio-cultural backgrounds, age and education, even mental and physical disabilities. It elicits emotion, whether from infants or the most educated among us, delving beneath thoughts and conscious feelings, to move us. Music, in one form or another, is […]

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