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The Practical Conductor

  • Everybody’s Doing It… and the Concert is Tomorrow!

    Choral Director Magazine | November 22, 2019The day before a concert, my singers are suddenly VERY CONCERNED. THE CONCERT IS TOMORROW! Read More...
  • Shine Like a Diamond and Mind the Gap!

    Choral Director Magazine | October 21, 2019The "4 C’s" that define valuable diamonds can also apply to choral singing! Read More...
  • A Capella in a Show Choir? What?

    Choral Director Magazine | August 28, 2019A few years ago, I was fortunate enough to meet Jeremy Alfera. Jeremy has a great reputation in the state of Ohio, particularly for winning show choir competitions. Over time, I began to follow his success. I watched his show choir shows on YouTube, and then began to branch out into the videos of his […] Read More...
  • Better Vocals in an Instant!

    Choral Director Magazine | May 9, 2019Vowels, vowels, vowels. Choir directors are all about vowels. Read More...
  • It’s OK, You’ll Grow Into It

    Choral Director Magazine | March 15, 2019Some thoughts on long term vs short term. Read More...
  • Teaching vs. Learning

    Choral Director Magazine | February 26, 2019I tell students all the time that TEACHING and LEARNING are two different verbs Read More...
  • Walking the Dog, and Singing Louder

    Choral Director Magazine | December 19, 2018Improvement doesn’t come from what’s EXPECTED, but what’s INSPECTED.  Read More...
  • If You’re Focused and You Know it Clap Your Hands

    Choral Director Magazine | November 16, 2018One of the main goals of a choir is SSS - Start together, Stay together, Stop together. Read More...
  • Start Your Season with Greater Awareness!

    Choral Director Magazine | September 5, 2018Some concepts that can help both you and your singers come into the start of the season with greater awareness. Read More...
  • 3 Ways To Improve Your Phrasing

    Choral Director Magazine | May 7, 2018Hopefully these ideas can add new perspective to both your singers and your rehearsals. Read More...
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