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Q&A: Catherine Connor-Moen

December 1, 2011

The highlight of the year for many school music programs, choral festivals represent a unique opportunity for students, educators, and communities to come together, learn, and strive for their very best.

On the Level with Tim Sharp

December 2, 2010

Over 20,000 members strong, the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA) is the premier non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of choral singing in the U.S.A. With national, regional, and state chapters that represent the backbone of the American vocal music world, chances are most readers of this publication are already familiar with the […]

Nevada: Finding Creative Solutions for New Problems

January 20, 2010

School music programs in Nevada are facing unique and unprecedented challenges. With a state economy that is driven almost entirely by sales tax, and a work force that is largely dependent on the service industry (primarily gaming and tourism), national economic woes have had a terribly destructive impact on school budgets across the state. Fortunately, […]

Illinois: ‘Music for Everyone, Everyone for Music’

December 8, 2009

While Illinois ranks only 25th in terms of landmass, it has the fifth highest population of any state in the U.S., and boasts the major metropolis of Chicago, the nation’s third largest city, as well as many rural, agricultural areas. As if the national economic woes and a diverse population base weren’t enough to contend […]

The Budget Cut Emergency Action Plan

July 28, 2009

The effects of the current recession have been felt far and wide, as state budgets have been slashed and spending curtailed. For many schools, these are particularly difficult times. All too often, reduced budgets translate into direct threats to the wellbeing of music programs. While there isn’t always an easy answer to stave off administrators […]

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